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Conditions Governing Access
Item (1458) boxes 44 and 45, are not housed at the Houghton Library but are shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
20 linear feet (45 boxes)
The collection also includes good documentation of TW's work in other fields, including 2 linear feet of his scripts for film and television, and 3 linear feet of his fiction, poetry, and essays.
Also included are an eclectic but important group of his correspondence, mostly drafts of letters sent; transcripts of several interviews; biographical papers, including several diaries kept by Williams intermittently from 1942 to 1981; a few scattered financial papers; compositions by others which were retained by Williams; a small group of photographs; and 3 boxes of envelopes and other packing material which came from his estate.
Biographical / Historical
- I. Compositions
- ___A. Theatrical plays
- ___B. Screenplays
- ___C. Television scripts
- ___D. Essays
- ___E. Novels
- ___F. Poetry
- ___G. Short stories
- II. Correspondence
- III. Interviews of Tennessee Williams
- IV. Biographical papers
- V. Business and financial papers
- VI. Compositions by others
- VII. Images
- VIII. Packing materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Tennessee Williams Notebooks, ed. Margaret Bradham Thornton (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2006).
- Parker, Brian. A provisional stemma of drafts and revisions for Tennessee Williams' s "Sweet bird of youth" (1959). PBSA 103:3 (2009), 357-90.
This collection was partially processed on at least two other occasions between 1985 and 2006, including work by Doug Rand, who supplied "HTC" catalog numbers. It has been used frequently by researchers during that time, so wherever possible the previous box and folder numbers have been recorded, as well as the asset numbers from the original estate inventory.
- Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams papers, 1932-1983: Guide.
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