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Finding Aid for the Kenneth MacKenna Collection of Material About George Bernard Shaw, 1885-1949
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kenneth MacKenna Collection of Material About George Bernard Shaw,
    Date (inclusive): 1885-1949
    Collection number: 670
    Creator: MacKenna, Kenneth, 1899-1962
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) 1 folder
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) started his writing career ca. 1876 and went on to become a playwright, wit, and critic. He won the Nobel Prize for literature (1925) for his work which is marked by both idealism and humanity, its stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty... He was also known as an advocate of social reform. The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, pamphlets, ephemera, and art objects by, or relating to, George Bernard Shaw.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mr. Kenneth MacKenna, 1956 and 1959.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kenneth MacKenna Collection of Material About George Bernard Shaw (Collection 670). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    George Bernard Shaw was born July 26, 1856, in Dublin, Ireland; attended Wesleyan Connexional School; he started his writing career ca. 1876 and went on to become a playwright, wit, and critic; known as an advocate of social reform, he co-founded the Fabian Society (1884); vestryman and borough councilor in London in the late 1880s; Nobel Prize for literature, 1925; among his plays are: Heartbreak house (1920), Man and superman (1905), Back to Methuselah (1922), and Saint Joan (1923); his plays adapted to film include Pygmalion (1938) and Caesar and Cleopatra (1946); books include The intelligent woman's guide to socialism and capitalism (1928) and Everybody's political what's what (1944); he died November 2, 1950.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, pamphlets, ephemera, and art objects by or relating to George Bernard Shaw.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.
    Authors, Irish--19th century.
    Dramatists, Irish--20th century.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • Back to Methuselah. London: Constable & Company.
      Date: 1922.
      Copy signed by roster of actors who appeared in the play. At the end of page Only the author by G. Bernard Shaw (greatly pleased with the Envoy). Catalogued in rare book section.
    • Intelligent woman's guide to socialism and capitalism, London
      Date: 1928.
      5 line inscription to Floryan Sobeniowski, dated 13th July, 1928. Yes: this is a first impression. You can tell by page 442. On the fifth line there is a mistake in grammar: the word were should be was. The first correction made, though not the only one, was of this error. Signed. Catalogued in rare book section.
    • John Bull's other island. How he lied to her husband. Major Barbara. London
      Date: 1907.
      Inscription to Mrs. Emery from G. Bernard Shaw, 13th December 1907. Catalogued in rare book section.
    • Mrs. Warren's profession. London, Grant Richards.
      Date: 1902.
      2 line inscription to J.H. Levy, doughty champion of Personal Rights, holograph, signed, 5th June 1902. Catalogued in rare book section.
    • Moore, Edris - dedication to in Dramatic Opinions and Essays. Signature of G.B. Shaw.
      Date: date August 23, 1917.
      Catalogued in rare book section.
    • Press Cuttings: a topical sketch. London.
      Date: 1909.
      Inscription Mrs. Emery from yours faithfully, G.Bernard Shaw, November 1909. Catalogued in rare book section.
    • What I really wrote about the war. New York, Brentano's
      Date: [1932].
      With lengthy inscription to William Randolph Hearst, dated San Simeon, March 28, 1933. My dear W.R. Nobody will ever know what we two really wrote about the war. Think of the articles we wrote.... think of the truths we might have told... Well, we both got into honorable trouble early in the war and kept in it to the end, etc. Catalogued in rare book section.