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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 555

Tennessee Williams additional papers


Additional compositions and printed materials of American playwright, Tennessee Williams.


  • Creation: 1945-1984

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.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes a 1962 circular letter from Tennesse Williams; typescript carbons or mimeographs of: Boom. A screenplay , The catastrophe of success , The coming of something to the widow Holly , The important thing , Kingdom of earth , The knightly quest , Notes on the filming of "Rose Tattoo" , Praise to assenting angels , Rubio Y Morena (A story) , The two-character play , The vine ; Added material: "Glass Menagerie" film script , Dissolve to "The spider web" ; and various copies of printed plays, and books, some inscribed by Williams.

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.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions
  3. III. Printed materials

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Donor unknown. This group of Tennessee Williams materials was formed in December 2009 from materials found after all other groups of William's materials were fully cataloged. It is possible that some of these materials had been previously removed from other accessions.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional collections of Tennessee Williams papers held by the Houghton Library.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams additional papers, 1945-1984: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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