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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 844

Bradley Phillips papers


Letters to Phillips and a theatrical scrapbook relating to plays associated with American artist and producer, Bradley Phillips.


  • Creation: 1952-1963

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Collection primarily relates to Bradley Phillips' material collected in his capacity as producer of plays. The scrapbook includes a variety of materials concerning these plays: Katherine Anne Porter's Pale horse, pale rider, produced by Bradley Phillips and David Wheeler in 1957, held at the Jan Hus Auditorium in New York City; the Phillips and Wheeler production of V.R. Lang's I too have lived in Arcadia, which played at the Pyramid Theatre and at Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA (New York, N.Y.), both in New York City in 1957; and productions by the Poets' Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.) especially concerning V. R. Lang's I too have lived in Arcadia [1952] and Fire Exit [1954]. Scrapbook contains: clippings, articles, programs, reviews, cast photographs, tickets, advertisements, posters, press releases, and reviews.

Collection also contains letters, telegrams and postcards from Katherine Anne Porter to Bradley Phillips, 1957-1963; and a note from Tennessee Williams to David Wheeler in 1957.

Biographical / Historical

Bradley Sawyer Phillips (1929-1991) was an artist and a producer and was, for a short time before her death, the husband of poet and playwright V. R. Lang [Violet Ranney "Bunny" Lang]. He was associated with the Poets' Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.).

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2009MT-9. Gift of Sayre Phillips Sheldon; received: 2009 July 29.

Separated Materials

Some Poets' Theatre material removed to MS Thr 833.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Phillips, Bradley, 1929-. Bradley Phillips papers, 1952-1963: Guide.
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