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William G.B. Carson Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

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],
[All]

Series G4-2: Material Relating to Carson's Theatrical ActivitiesAdd to your cart.
Consists of personal material, material relating to Carson's teaching at Washington University, material from Washington University's Thyrsus organization, material relating to Carson as a playwright and director, material from Carson as an author, material from St. Louis' Little Theatre, material from The Players, and material Relating to Carson's research on theatre and music performances. Circa 316 items
Sub-Series G4-2.1: Personal MaterialAdd to your cart.
Consists of Carson's personal theatrical recollections, correspondence, and names and addresses of friends and colleagues. Circa 19 items
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Theatrical RecollectionsAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 20: Correspondence to Carson from Otis and Maud Skinner, circa 1930s-1940sAdd to your cart.
Otis and Maud Skinner are the parents of Cornelia Otis Skinner, an American author. Circa 17 items
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder -/-: Notecards of names and addresses of people related to Carson's theatrical activitiesAdd to your cart.
1 item, circa 800 index cards, 3.5 x 5 inches
Sub-Series G4-2.2: Material Relating to Carson's Teaching at Washington University in St. LouisAdd to your cart.
Consists of his teaching notebooks, material from classes, a photograph of a stage play, and material from Washington University's Centennial Cavalcade. Circa 20 items
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 21-23: Teaching NotebooksAdd to your cart.

English 407, Second Semester. 1 item

Lecture notes on Theatre History. 1 item

Lecture notes on Theatre History. 1 item

Folder 24: English VI MaterialAdd to your cart.
This includes a photograph of Carson's play " His Model Wife" and a program from an English VI production. 2 items
Folder 25: Reserve Material for Dramatics 464.Add to your cart.
This includes "Recollections of an Old Actor" by Charles Krone. 2 items
Folder 26: PhotographAdd to your cart.
This is a photograph of an unidentified stage play held outdoors, possibly at Washington University, circa 1910. 1 item
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 27: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
This includes news clippings relating to Carson's plays and teaching activities at Washington University. Circa 8 items
Folder 28-29: Centennial Cavalcade Material, Part I and Part IIAdd to your cart.
This includes programs for the Centennial Cavalcade presentation, Centennial newspaper regarding the Centennial Founders' Day Weekend, and texts for narrations and dramatic skits presented at Washington University's 100th Anniversary celebration. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II. Circa 4 items
Sub-Series G4-2.3: Material from Washington University's Thyrsus OrganizationAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 30: This includes two brochures about Thyrsus and a typescript of the history of Thyrsus at Washington UniversityAdd to your cart.
Circa 4 items
Sub-Series G4-2.4: Material from Carson's Activities as a Playwright and DirectorAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Scrapbook of Carson's play "Pro Patria"Add to your cart.
Circa 3 items
Folder 32: Programs from English 3 performances of " His Model Wife" and script from " Pro Patria"Add to your cart.
2 items
Folder 33: The Rabbit's FootAdd to your cart.
This is a newspaper. It was originally laid in a scrapbook Carson kept while an instructor at Iowa State College. Very fragile. 1 item
Folder 34: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
3 items
Sub-Series G4-2.5: Material from Carson as an AuthorAdd to your cart.
Consists of material relating to American Frontier Theatre, "St. Louis Goes to the Opera," "As You Like It," Managers in Distress, his biography on Kate Reignolds, Letters of Mr and Mrs. Charles Kean, and "These Were Actors." Circa 166 items
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 35-40: American Frontier TheatreAdd to your cart.
Circa 13 items
Item 1: The Theatre on the Frontier, Drafts, Part I and Part IIAdd to your cart.
This includes various drafts of The Theatre on the Frontier, a draft entitled " Thalia and Melpomene See the West," and a letter about frontier theatre. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II. 1 item
Item 2: The Theatre on the Frontier, RevisionsAdd to your cart.
This includes correspondence about the revisions and a draft with revisions by the publishers not by Carson. Circa 3 items
Item 3: "Thalia & Melpomene" LectureAdd to your cart.
This is a lecture Carson presented. The information is tied to The Theatre on the Frontier. 1 item
Item 4: "Denver Talk" August 28, 1960, and "The Stock Company as an Academy of Dramatic Art" LectureAdd to your cart.
2 items
Item 5: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Circa 6 items
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 41-43: St. Louis Goes to the Opera MaterialAdd to your cart.
Circa 36 items
Item 1: Research MaterialAdd to your cart.
This includes various notes concerning Carson's work on St. Louis Goes to the Opera. 1 item
Item 2: Correspondence and Research Material, Part I and Part IIAdd to your cart.
This includes correspondence and some research towards and responses to St. Louis Goes to the Opera. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II. Circa 18 items and circa 17 items
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 44-48: "As You Like It"Add to your cart.
Circa 47 items
Item 1: Notes & DraftsAdd to your cart.
This includes some hand written notes and two carbon copy drafts. 3 items
Item 2: AnalysesAdd to your cart.
This is a file of Carson's analyses of different productions of "As You Like It." Circa 9 items
Item 3: Notes on Act and Scene DivisionsAdd to your cart.
This is a file of Carson's notes on act and scene divisions in different productions of "As You Like It." Circa 14 items
Item 4: Notes on Cuts and ChangesAdd to your cart.
This is a file of Carson's notes on cuts and changes in different productions of "As You Like It." Circa 18 items
Item 5: Notes on Wrestling SceneAdd to your cart.
Circa 3 items
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 49-50: Managers in Distress Material, Part I and Part IIAdd to your cart.
This includes reviews and correspondence regarding Carson's book Managers in Distress. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II. Circa 33 items and circa 19 items
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Material Relating to Carson's biography of Kate ReignoldsAdd to your cart.
This includes research notes, drafts, and correspondence relating to Carson's biography of Kate Reignolds, English actress, which appeared in Notable American Women 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary. Circa 9 items
Folder 52-55: Letters from Mr. and Mrs. Charles KeanAdd to your cart.
Circa 8 items
Item 1: Photostats of Letters of Charles and Ellen (Tree) Kean, Part I and Part IIAdd to your cart.
This includes Photostats of letters for Charles and Ellen (Tree) Kean, a letter about another Kean letter, and a copy of a newspaper article. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II. 3 items
Item 2: ClippingAdd to your cart.
This newspaper article is about Letters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean, edited by Carson. 1 item
Item 3: MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
This includes two photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean and a letter regarding Kean letters for sale. Circa 4 items
Folder 56: "These Were Actors," Carson's ReviewAdd to your cart.
This is Carson's Review of "We Were Actors," which appeared in Players Magazine May 1956. 1 item
Sub-Series G4-2.6: Material from St. Louis' Little TheatreAdd to your cart.
Consists of programs, clippings, and articles on St. Louis' Little Theatre. Circa 29 items
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Programs & ClippingsAdd to your cart.
This includes several programs from St. Louis' Little Theatre and news clippings. Circa 28 items
Folder 58: Article in The St. Louisan, Circa 1935Add to your cart.
1 item
Sub-Series G4-2.7: Material from The PlayersAdd to your cart.
Consists of clippings, photographs, a program, and fliers relating to The Players. Circa 24 items
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Clippings & ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Circa 15 items
Folder 60: ProgramAdd to your cart.
This is a program for Three One Act Plays including "Pierrette Herself," "Tea" by William Carson, and "The Dreaming Brow." 1 item
Folder 61: FliersAdd to your cart.
This includes fliers for various performances. Circa 8 items
Sub-Series G4-2.8: Material Relating to Carson's Research on Theatre and Music PerformancesAdd to your cart.
Consists of various issues of Broadside, English 16 Plays, material for encyclopedia, material from William Clark Breckenridge, and notecards of research information on St. Louis stage history and on American theatre. Circa 45 items
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 62: BroadsideAdd to your cart.
This includes issues of Broadside arranged chronologically. It is an incomplete set ranging from December 1944 to Fall 1964. Some issues have notations by Carson. Circa 29 items
Folder 63: "English 16 Plays Deposited in Ridgely Library"Add to your cart.
This includes a list of English 16 Plays deposited at Ridgely Library and one letter. 2 items
Folder 64: "English 16 Plays Produced in Annual Contests for the Wilson Prize"Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 65: "Dramatic Life As I Found It." Index by Noah M. LudlowAdd to your cart.
2 items
Folder 66: Material for EncyclopediaAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 67: Articles on theatre productionsAdd to your cart.
Includes an issue of Stage December 1936 and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper May 31, 1856. 2 items. Stored in OVERSIZE.
Folder 68: Correspondence and Research from William Clark BreckenridgeAdd to your cart.
This material is from Accession 22907. It includes correspondence and research material from William Clark Breckenridge on theatre in St. Louis, materials dated 1926, 1927, and 1937. Circa 6 items
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder -/-: Notecards on the History of the St. Louis StageAdd to your cart.
1 item, circa 400 index cards, 3.5 x 5 inches
Box 16-17Add to your cart.
Folder -/-: Notecards on American theatreAdd to your cart.
1 item, circa 2000 index cards, 3.5 x 5 inches

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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