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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


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[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 G3-4: Printed MaterialAdd to your cart.
This includes books and reprints of articles, including some work by Carson. It is arranged alphabetically by author's last name or by title if there is no noted author. 15 items
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 29Add to your cart.
Item 1: Aiken, Conrad. "Mr. Arcularis" A Play. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1957Add to your cart.
Inscribed "With Compliments of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. For Review, Publication Date Jan. 25, 1957." 1 item
Item 2: Carson, William G.B. "As You Like It and the Stars: Nineteenth-Century Prompt Books" The Quarterly Journal of Speech vol.XLIII, no.2, April 1957Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 3: Carson, William G.B. "The Beginnings of the Theatre in St. Louis"Add to your cart.

Reprint from Missouri Historical Society Collections vol. V, no. 2, 1928

1 item

Folder 30Add to your cart.
Item 1: Carson, William G.B. Managers in Distress: The St. Louis Stage, 1840-1844, 1949Add to your cart.

St. Louis Historical Documents Foundation

1 item

Item 2: Carson, William G.B. "Under the Calcium Lights" , July 1956Add to your cart.

Reprint from the Missouri Historical Society Bulletin July 1956

1 item

Folder 31Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Glasgow SchoolAdd to your cart.

Published by the Faculty and Students of the Glasgow Public School

Paper stating "W.G.B. Carson is a Glasgow descendant"

1 item

Item 2: Heller, Jean. Otto Heller, 1962Add to your cart.

Inscribed "For William and Elizabeth Carson from Jean Heller, October 1962." With paper stating "Heller was a longtime faculty member here."

1 item

Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 32Add to your cart.
Item 1: Mid-America: An Historical Review. vol. XIII, New Series vol. II, no.2, 1930: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Inscribed "William G. B. Carson, Compliments of Winifred Johnston?" 1 item
Item 2: "Stratford Lee Morton, 1887-1970"Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 3: Rolland, Romain. The Wolves. A Play in Three ActsAdd to your cart.

Authorized English Version by Barrett H. Clark. New York: Random House, 1937.

Inscribed "For W.G.B. Carson with the respect and friendly best wishes of Barrett H. Clark, St. Louis, 4 January 1938"

1 item.

Folder 33Add to your cart.
Item 1: Shakespeare, William. "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark"Add to your cart.

East Aurora, N.Y.: Roycroft Shop, 1902

1 item

Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 34Add to your cart.
Item 1: Simmons, Herbert. Corner Boy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957Add to your cart.
Inscribed "To Mr. Carson, Herbert Simmons." 1 item
Folder 35Add to your cart.
Item 1: Martha Washington's Letter: Written from Philadelphia, June 15, 1794 to Mrs. Frances WashingtonAdd to your cart.

Privately printed for W.K. Bixby, by D.B. Updike, The Merrymount Press, St. Louis, 1922

Inscribed "Mrs. Newton Wilson, New Years Greetings, Mr. & Mrs. W.K. Bixby, 1924"

1 item

Item 2: "Washington University Saint Louis Ninety-Second Commencement", 1953: June 10Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 3: "Washington University 2nd <em>Century Convocation program</em>"Add to your cart.

St. Louis, Missouri, February 19-22, 1955

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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