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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 550

Tennessee Williams additional papers


Additional correspondence, compositions and photographs of American playwright, Thomas Lanier Williams, known as Tennessee Williams.


  • Creation: 1946-1983

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


Copyright in the works of Tennessee Williams is held by the University of the South.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes autograph manuscript and photocopies of Williams' correspondence with Bruce Cook, Mitch Douglas, Milton Goldman, James Kirkwood and many others. Compositions include pages from autograph manuscript drafts and typescript versions of scripts of plays, a contract, invitation, receipts, household inventory, financial documents, playbill, and other material. Includes studio portrait photographs of Williams, as well as snapshots of him and his friends, and additional shots of others.

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 into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions and biographical materials
  3. III. Photographs

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-23. Purchased with the F. E. Chase fund from Keith V. Walker, 1858 Mt. Brian Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; received: 2006 July 19.

Related Materials

See OASIS and HOLLIS for additional Tennessee Williams papers and printed materials held by the Houghton Library.

Separated Materials

Two printed books were removed and accessioned separately as *2006T-7F and *2006T-8F.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams additional papers, 1946-1983: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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