William G. B. Carson Papers 1783-1966
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Collection Scope and Content Note


Scope and Contents Note

The William G. B. Carson Papers consists of four accruals.

Accrual 1 is Accession 8310, which includes materials relating to United States theatre history; materials relating to Carson's teaching at Washington University in St. Louis; theatre playbills, programs, magazines, and newspaper articles; correspondence and autograph collection of famous actors, actresses, and writers. This includes ca. 211 items from 1783-1955 in 4 boxes.

Accrual 2 is Accession 15020, which relates primarliy to preparation of Dear Josephine , Professor Carson's biography on Josephine Sherwood Hull. It also includes teaching notebooks prepared for theatre and drama courses at Washington University and diaries Professor Carson kept of theatre and music performances he attended from 1913 to 1966, primarliy in St. Louis. This includes ca. 777 items from 1897 to 1963 in 19 boxes.

Accrual 3 is Accession 16520 and 17530, which includes scripts of plays by Washington University students, newsclipping about Professor Carson's retirement, theatre programs, and printed material. This includes ca. 152 items ranging from 1928 to 1961 in 8 boxes.

Accrual 4 is Accession 16560 and 22907, which includes materials that fall under two main categories: early New Mexico history and materials relating to Carson's theatrical activities. Carson's research into New Mexico history was prompted by the fact that his great-great-grandfather, William Carr Lane, besides being one of the first St. Louis mayors, was also first governor of New Mexico, 1852-1853. The diary kept by Lane during his governorship was edited by Carson, requiring research into geography and exploration, Indian relations, and political figures of the period. The Theatrical Activities include personal material, material from his teaching at Washington University, material from Washington University's Thyrsus organization, material from his time as a playwright and director, material from Carson as an author, material from St. Louis' Little Theatre and The Players, and his research on theatre and musical performances. This also includes printed material and maps. This includes ca. 579 items ranging from 1821 to 1965 in 20 boxes.

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