Richard L. Sterne journal
Journal of Richard L. Sterne concerning British director Sir John Gielgud and British actor Richard Burton, later published as John Gielgud directs Richard Burton in Hamlet; a journal of rehearsals.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
Extent.33 linear feet (2 volumes)
Includes autograph manuscript written by Sterne during the rehearsal of Hamlet directed by Gielgud that Sterne later published as John Gielgud directs Richard Burton in Hamlet; a journal of rehearsals. Also includes the second revision of typewritten manuscript with corrections by the publishing editor as well as letter from Sterne to the Harvard Theatre Collection curator Helen Delano Willard and two letters from Gielgud to British actor Richard Burton.
Biographical / Historical
Sterne was a minor actor in a theatrical production of Hamlet who secretly taped every rehearsal, including private one-to-one sessions between English producer and director Sir John Gielgud and British actor Richard Burton.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
69M-54. Gift of Mr. Richard L. Sterne, 309 West 57th Street, New York, New York; received: 1969 Dec. 15.
- Sterne, Richard L. Richard L. Sterne journal, 1964-1969: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Language of description
- EAD ID
Part of the Houghton Library Repository
Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA