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William G.B. Carson Papers

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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United States Theatre History

Material Relating to Carson's Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis

Theatre Playbills, Programs, Magazines, and Newspaper Articles

Correspondence

Material Relating to Dear Josephine

Materials Relating to Carson's Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis

Material Relating to Carson's Research on Theatre & Music Performances

Realia

Scripts

News Clipping

Theatre Programs

Printed Material

Material Relating to Early New Mexico History

Material Relating to Carson's Theatrical Activities

Printed Material

Maps



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William G.B. Carson Papers, 1783-1966 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: William G.B. Carson Papers, 1783-1966Add to your cart.

ID: MS/MS/ms023

Primary Creator: Carson, William G. B. (William Glasgow Bruce) 1891-

Extent: 97.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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

Accrual 1 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.

Accrual 2 relates primarily 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, primarily in St. Louis.

Accrual 3 includes scripts of plays by Washington University students, news clipping about Professor Carson's retirement, theatre programs, and printed material.

Accrual 4 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.

Collection Historical Note

William G.B. Carson, a longtime professor of English at Washington University, is best known for his scholarly work in the history of the American theatre and for the active role he played in staging theatrical productions at Washington University and within the St. Louis community at large. Carson's books include Theatre on the Frontier, (1932) and a biography of the great American actress Josephine Hull.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

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.)

Related Materials: See also WUA00170 William G. B. Carson Papers

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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: United States Theatre History],
[Series G1-2: Material Relating to Carson's Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis],
[Series G1-3: Theatre Playbills, Programs, Magazines, and Newspaper Articles],
[Series G1-4: Correspondence],
[Series G2-1: Material Relating to Dear Josephine],
[Series G2-2: Materials Relating to Carson's Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis],
[Series G2-3: Material Relating to Carson's Research on Theatre & Music Performances],
[Series G2-4: Realia],
[Series G3-1: Scripts],
[Series G3-2: News Clipping],
[Series G3-3: Theatre Programs],
[Series G3-4: Printed Material],
[Series G4-1: Material Relating to Early New Mexico History],
[Series G4-2: Material Relating to Carson's Theatrical Activities],
[Series G4-3: Printed Material],
[Series G4-4: Maps],
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Series G3-1: ScriptsAdd to your cart.
These scripts were written by Washington University students. They are arranged alphabetically by author's last name. 37 items
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Arnold, Wayne.  "First Edition"Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 2: Bamberger, Marcia. "The Promised Land"Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 3: Clouss, Phyllis. "Larceny", 1955Add to your cart.
Copy 1, 2 items
Folder 4: Griffin, Judith Hadley. "Stuff of <em>Heroes</em>"Add to your cart.
1 items
Folder 5: Grisham, Charles. "The Pattern"Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 6: Hammack, William D. "Hell and High Water"Add to your cart.

5 items

This play was not written for Professor Carson's class, but it was written after the author had graduated.

This contains five copies of the script copyrighted 1953. Each script is in a paper folder.

Folder 7: Hartman, Maurice M. "Darwin"Add to your cart.
1 item
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Hill, Tom. "Mr. Grimes", 1955Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 9: Hill, Tom. "Mr. Grimes"Add to your cart.
Prompt copy, 4 items
Folder 10: Hornidge, Marilis. "Pilgrimage", April - July 1955Add to your cart.
This includes two copies of the script. Each script is in a paper folder. 2 items
Folder 11: Kabele, Shirley, "To Be Wanted"Add to your cart.
2 items
Folder 12: Lovelace, William R. and Lynn, Charles R. "Goldfeathers"Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 13: Maier, Dorothea L. "The Lord Mayor of St. Louis"Add to your cart.
1 item
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Pfeiffer, Eric A. "The Wishing Well", 1956Add to your cart.
2 items
Folder 15: Pratt, William. "Checker-board"Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 16: Proctor, Jay. "Concern for the Living"Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 17: Smith, Margaret. "Death House"Add to your cart.
2 items
Folder 18: Stemmler, Edgar. "Cigarette of Wax"Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 19: Stocker, Leonard. "The Wisdom of Solomon", 1932Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 20: Weinstock, David. "Dawn Will Come"Add to your cart.
2 items
Folder 21: Williams, Tennessee (Thomas Lanier). "Me, Vashya"Add to your cart.
3 items
Item 1: Typescript [carbon] script, 1937Add to your cart.

1 item, 19 pages.

Script is in a Washington University exam folder. Script has some revisions in ink, and includes a list of props and sound effects on the recto of the last page. There is no way of determining whether these autograph revisions are in Williams' hand or not. This copy appears to be an earlier version of a bound typescript carbon draft (below). This is from Accession 1753.

Tennessee Williams was a student in W.G.B. Carson's 1936-1937 English XVI class on playwriting. Each year three plays were selected by a jury to be produced the following year by Thyrsus, the dramatic club. Williams was upset when his play was not one of the three chosen for production, although the play was later used as a St. Louis radio production.

Item 2: Typescript [carbon] playAdd to your cart.

1 item, 22 pages.

This is a one act play submitted for a course at Washington University and was found with the item below. This is from Accession 1652.

Item 3: Typescript noteAdd to your cart.

1 item, 1 page.

This is a note by the professor [?] to whom the play, "Me, Vashya" was submitted by Tennessee Williams, then a student at Washington University. It was found with the item above. This is from Accession 1652.

Folder 22: Unidentified author. "Co'n Meal Cakes" IncompleteAdd to your cart.
1 item

Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: United States Theatre History],
[Series G1-2: Material Relating to Carson's Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis],
[Series G1-3: Theatre Playbills, Programs, Magazines, and Newspaper Articles],
[Series G1-4: Correspondence],
[Series G2-1: Material Relating to Dear Josephine],
[Series G2-2: Materials Relating to Carson's Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis],
[Series G2-3: Material Relating to Carson's Research on Theatre & Music Performances],
[Series G2-4: Realia],
[Series G3-1: Scripts],
[Series G3-2: News Clipping],
[Series G3-3: Theatre Programs],
[Series G3-4: Printed Material],
[Series G4-1: Material Relating to Early New Mexico History],
[Series G4-2: Material Relating to Carson's Theatrical Activities],
[Series G4-3: Printed Material],
[Series G4-4: Maps],
[All]


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