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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2627

Tennessee Williams additional papers


Letters and compositions by American playwright, Tennessee Williams.


  • Creation: 1964-1967

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Collection includes: typescript (signed) letters (1965-1967) from Williams to his friend and collaborator, James Roose-Evans, discussing in detail both personal and professional concerns; compositions by Williams including a typescript of the poem The harp of Wales, 1964 Secker & Warburg printed version (with numerous revisions) of The milk train doesn't stop here anymore, typescript and autograph revisions for Milk train from 1965, and a typescript mimeograph script for The two-character play with autograph annotations by James Roose-Evans.

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 alphabetically by title.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006M-1. Purchased with the Douglass Roby fund; received: 2006 July 5.

Related Materials

Houghton Library holds other important collections of the Tennessee Williams papers such as MS Thr 91-91.4, bMS Thr 176, bMS Thr 397, and others. Search HOLLIS and OASIS for full details.

Other collections of Tennessee Williams papers can also be found at Columbia University; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Delaware; and the University of Texas, Austin.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams additional papers, 1964-1967: Guide.
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