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Manuscripts, letters, documents, photographs, broadsides, microfilms, videocassettes,
audio cassettes, posters, and other materials by and about Shaw, covering all aspects of
his varied literary, critical, personal, and political activities. Includes 2122
manuscripts by or about Shaw; 832 letters by Shaw; 2580 photographs, including some 2400
of productions of Shaw's plays at the Arts Theatre Club in London, 70 photographs of
Shaw himself and 14 taken by Shaw; and a large collection of theater programs for
productions of Shaw's plays through 1990, reviews of his plays, newspaper clippings
which include articles on his many speeches and lectures, and proofs and rehearsal
copies of his plays. Also, recordings of some of Shaw's radio broadcasts, and a 1962 BBC
broadcast of Blanche Patch remembering Shaw.
Correspondents include: Mrs. Patrick Campbell, the British Broadcasting Corporation,
Lady Gregory, Hesketh Pearson, Blanche Patch, Charlotte Payne-Townshend Shaw (his wife),
Harley Granville-Barker, Henry Arthur Jones, Gertrude Lawrence, F.E. Loewenstein, Sean
O'Casey, Dame Sybil Thorndike, George Herbert Thring, Gene Tunney, H.G. Wells, Dan H.
Laurence, and Bernard F. Burgunder. Also included are a 1903 letter to Charles Dickens's
daughter Kate Perugini, concerning her father's literary stature, and an 1889 letter to
Tighe Hopkins in which Shaw predicts the future of his own writing career.
Additional materials relating to Ann Elder Jackson. Includes autograph letters, notes
and postcards from George Bernard Shaw to Ms. Jackson. Subjects include travel plans,
rehearsal schedules, and diary engagements in addition to detailed instructions for
Elder as his secretary.