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George Bernard Shaw Papers, 1901-1950

Collection Overview

Title: George Bernard Shaw Papers, 1901-1950

Predominant Dates:1901-1950

ID: MS/MS/ms001

Creator: Shaw, Bernard (1856-1950)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts and memorabilia relating to George Bernard Shaw. Correspondence, 1901 - 1928, includes 30 letters and cards to John Drinkwater. Also, autograph manuscript of speech, portraits of Shaw, and various personal artifacts.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method:

Accessions 1554 and 1603: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Ackert

Accessions 1464: Gift of Professor and Mrs. Herbert Spiegelberg

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed September 1982


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Shaw Correspondence With John Drinkwater, 1912-1926Add to your cart.
30 items. Shaw's letter and cards to Drinkwater (British playwright and director of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre) span from 1912: November 2 to 1926: December 31, and are concerned primarily with various pieces of theatre information: permission to produce plays, suggestions and comments on performers and performances, comments on manuscripts by Drinkwater. The correspondence consists of 11 letters, 18 cards and 1 enclosed letter.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous Shaw Correspondence, 1901-1949Add to your cart.
21 items
Item 1: DeCasseres, Benjamin, 1928: June 21Add to your cart.
upbraids Shaw
Item 2: Spiegelberg, Herbert, 1949: November 29Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed with envelope

Accession 1464.

Item 3: Shaw, George Bernard to Carrol, Kathleen Fawcus, 1909: May 18Add to your cart.
Card; advice on living.
Item 4: Shaw, George Bernard to Charrington, Charles, 1902: May 21Add to your cart.
Card; publishing, money.
Item 5: Shaw, George Bernard to Fry, Roger, 1912: February 11Add to your cart.
Card; refuses to undertake project requested of him.
Item 6: Shaw, George Bernard to ?, Hugo, 1909: March 15Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed.
Item 7: Shaw, George Bernard to Jewett, Henry, 1919: November 5Add to your cart.
Censorship, changing of names in a play.
Item 8: Shaw, George Bernard to Jewett, Henry, 1921: June 27Add to your cart.
Permission to produce play.
Item 9: Shaw, George Bernard to Norman, C H., 1922: April 21Add to your cart.
Card regarding military insanity.
Item 10: Shaw, George Bernard to Renfron, H S., 1919: February 5Add to your cart.
Note added to Renfron letter] refuses permission to republish parts of Shaw work, but notes that much would be done if anthology was respectable.
Item 11: Shaw, George Bernard to Smith, A C., 1901: April 6Add to your cart.
Card; Shaw's whereabouts, travel.
Item 12: Shaw, George Bernard to Strang, William, 1906: July 14Add to your cart.
Card regarding drawing of Shaw.
Item 13: Shaw, George Bernard to Titterton, W R., 1923: March 28Add to your cart.
Card; refuses to write a piece for Titterton's paper.
Item 14: Shaw, George Bernard to Wise, William H. & Co., 1928: May 10Add to your cart.
Refuses to permit republication, plus newspaper clippings that Wise wished to reprint, with xerox of envelope. Original envelope tipped in Spec. HX 246 S 43
Item 15: Shaw, George Bernard to Wise, William H. & Co., June 4Add to your cart.
Advises Wise to pay Author's League for copyrighted Shaw material to be included in anthology (without Shaw authorization).
Item 16: Shaw, George Bernard to Croll, Robert H., 1941: October 25Add to your cart.
Card; response to Croll's earlier letter on McMahon's death and eulogy by Croll.
Item 17: ?, William of R. & R. Clark Limited, Publishers, 1948: May 28Add to your cart.
Advises Shaw on status of and autobiography and Odham's Complete Plays.
Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Untitled speech AMs, 6 lined pages. Appeal for financial contributions to the King Edward Memorial Hospital. Includes not declaring abhorrence of “charity business.” Speech published by Washington University Libraries under the title, “So He Took His Hat Round.”, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 2: Questionnaire from The World of Trade, Frankfort, Germany. Typed questionnaire with autograph Shaw responses. Questions concern Germany's position in post-World War I world. Includes envelope in which the questionnaire was returned., 1920: February 1Add to your cart.
Item 3: Draft of letter to editor of The New Statesman, typescript moderate autograph revision, signed by Shaw. The letter takes issue with an article by “Lens”, which hails the effectiveness of typhoid vaccine and advocates its use. Original article by “Lens” (pseudonym for Caleb Williams Saleeby, 1878 -?, British physician and author), a regular columnist for The New Statesman, appeared in November 18, 1916 issue. Shaw's response was published in that of November 25, 1916.Add to your cart.
Photocopies of published versions of Lens article and Shaw's letter accompany this item
Item 4: One sheet of galley for Herbert Spiegeberg's book Case Socrates Resumed: Posterity Take the Stand [anthology] concerning Shaw, ca 1950Add to your cart.
Located in oversize.
Series 3: MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Shaw signature, clipped from envelopeAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Program for special meeting of Academy of Political Science in honor of George Bernard Shaw, at which Shaw gave an address., 1933: April 11Add to your cart.
Item 3: Advertisement for “Mary Stuart,” [play] by Friedrich Schiller, American Theatre of St. LouisAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Tear sheet from The New Leader, article " Where Darwin Is Taboo, The Bible in America" by G. Bernard Shaw, 1925: July 10Add to your cart.
Item 5: Printed post card containing an excerpt from the Copyright Act of 1911 concerning educational reprints and a printed note by ShawAdd to your cart.
Accession 1464
Series 4: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photo of Shaw, in frameAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Pencil drawing of Shaw by W R. BlackAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Engraving of Shaw by Stephan Mrozewski. Signed by artist and by Shaw, 1935Add to your cart.
Series 5: RealiaAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Stamp box used by Shaw at Whitehall Court. Includes key and note by B. Patch, Shaw's secretaryAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Silver desk tray for pencils. Includes key and note by B. Patch, Shaw's secretaryAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Two paper knives, one from China. Includes note from B. Patch, Shaw's secretaryAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Scissors used by Shaw at Whitehall Court. Includes note from B. Patch.Add to your cart.