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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 91-91.4

Tennessee Williams compositions


Typescripts of plays, including Cat on a hot tin roof, by American dramatist Tennessee Williams.


  • Creation: 1940-1960

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.2 linear feet (7 volumes)

Includes: typescripts of scripts of plays (with autograph revisions) of: Cat on a hot tin roof, (three typescripts); Dos Ranchos; and Period of adjustment.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Lanier Williams III (1911-1983), who published as Tennessee Williams, has often been called America's most prominent playwright. He was also a prolific author of essays, poetry, and short stories.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

62M-286 - 62M-290. Gift of Tennessee Williams Esq., c/o Audrey Wood, 598 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1963 August.

Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams compositions, 1940-1960: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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