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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1856

Maria St. Just collection of Tennessee Williams papers


Correspondence to Maria St. Just and others, manuscript and typescript compositions, and personal papers of Tennessee Williams.


  • 1947-1984

Language of Materials

Materials in English. Few items in Russian.

Conditions Governing Access

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

• This collection is 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.


3.8 linear feet (3 boxes)

This collection documents the personal life of Tennessee Williams through his correspondence with Maria St. Just and other personal papers. The professional career of Williams is highlighted through his drafts, notes, and compositions.

The collection is comprised of letters, telegrams, post-cards, manuscript, typescript, and printed compositions (including essays, plays, screenplays, and poems), notes, photographs, printed materials, clippings, will/estate documents, and financial records.

The collection dates from 1947-1983 with the bulk of materials from the 1950s-1970s.

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.

Lady Maria St. Just (1921-1994) was an actress and close personal friend of Tennessee Williams. Upon his death she was co-executor of his estate.


Arranged into the following series: I. Correspondence: I.1 Tennessee Williams I.2 Maria St. Just; II. Compositions; and III. Personal papers and other materials.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MT-025. Purchased with Herman Dunlop Smith Bequest, John M. Kasdan Fund, Robert Gould Shaw Fund, and Frank E. Chase Bequest, June 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Nary, 2018

St. Just, Maria. Maria St. Just collection of Tennessee Williams papers, 1947-1984 (MS Thr 1856): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
October 30, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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