Inventory of the Edward Gordon Craig Collection

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: University of California, Davis. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Title: Edward Gordon Craig Collection
Date (inclusive): 1892-1972
Extent: 1.1 linear foot
Abstract: Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) was an English scene designer and the son of actress Ellen Terry. The collection contains ephemera, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, photographs, and souvenir programs illustrating Craig's theatrical staging.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-178
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.


Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966), the son of Ellen Terry, was the youngest member of Henry Irving's company. In his autobiography, Index to the Story of My Days, Craig explains how he left the company for theatre design work and the writing of books on the theatre.

Scope and Content

The collection contains ephemera, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, photographs, and souvenir programs illustrating Craig's theatrical staging.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966--Archives
Set designers
Theater--Great Britain


Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

This finding aid was created by Sara Gunasekara from an existing list.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward Gordon Craig Collection, D-178, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

Box 1:1

Cheney, Sheldon, "The International Exhibition in Amsterdam" in Theatre Arts Magazine, New York, Vol. 6, No. 2 1922 April

Box 1:2

Rose, Douglas, "The Craig-Shakespeare Macbeth" in The Drama, Chicago 1928 December

Box 1:3

Simonson, Lee, "The Case of Gordon Craig" in two issues of Theatre Guild Magazine 1931

Box 1:4

Swan, Michael, "Gordon Craig, Genius of the Theatre" in The Listener, published by the B.B.C 1948 November 18

Box 1:5

Theatre!" by Gordon Craig, in Theatre Guild Magazine 1930 August

Box 1:6

"On Signora Eleonora Duse" by Edward Gordon Craig, in the Dial, New York 1928 May

Box 1:7

"The Theatre and the New Civilization" by Gordon Craig, in Theatre Arts Magazine, Vol. 3, No.1, 1919 January

Box 1:8

"La mise en scene de Hamlet" by Gordon Craig and Constantin Stanislavski, in La Revue Theatrale, No. 12 1950 Spring

Box 1:9

Theaterkunst Ausstellung catalog, Zurich, with an article by Craig, "Stillkunst and Theatre." 1914

Box 1:10

Artcles by and on Craig in the following issues of Drama, London 1949-1959

Scope and Content Note

Summer, 1949. Laver, James. Craig & the English Theatre
Summer, 1955. Brook, Peter. Influence of Craig in Theory & Practice
Spring, 1955. Eliot, T.S. Craigs's Socratic Dialogues.
Summer, 1956. Craig. The English Theatre Today.
Winter, 1956. Craig. Irving Seemingly Perplexed.
Summer, 1959. Craig. On Sarah Bernhardt
Box 1:11

"The 'New Theatre' of Gordon Craig" by Herman Rosse, in Chapter One, published by Greater New York Chapter of ANTA, Vol. 9, No. 2 1962

Box 1:12

"Edward Gordon Craig Artist of the Theatre 1872-1966, a Memorial Exhibition in the Amsterdam Gallery." Introduction by Donald Oenslager, The Catalogue by Arnold Rood, in Bulletin of the New York Public Library, Vol. 71, No. 7, and Vol. 71 No. 8 1967

Box 1:13

"Edward Gordon Craig, a Bibliography" by Ifan Kyrle Fletcher and Arnold Rood, London, The Society for Theatre Research 1967

Box 1:14

"Gordon Craig and the Dance." by Gordon Craig, in Dance Index, Vol. II, No. 8 1943 August

Box 1:15

'On Signora Eleonora Duse," by Gordon Craig, in Life and Letters, Vol. I, No. 4 1928 September

Box 1:16

Katalog Uber Verschied. Entwurfe Fur das Theatre und Einige Zeichungen "Englischer Landscenen" von Edward Gordon Craig, Berlin, Friedmann, & Weber. undated

Box 1:17

Catalogue of Drawings and Models for "Hamlet" and Other Plays by Edward Gordon Craig 1912 September

Box 1:17

Towards a New Theatre, Forty designs for stage scenes with critical notes by the Inventor, Edward Gordon Craig, London, Leicester Galleries 1912 September

Box 1:17

Catalogue of an Exhibition of Drawings and Wood-Engravings by Edward Gordon Craig, with a note by Sir Max Beerbohm, London, The Leicester Galleries 1948 October

Box 1:18

Invitation to the Victoria and Albert Museum for the memorial exhibition of the work of Edward Gordon Craig, 1967 November 1

Box 1:18

The Friends of the Queens College Library...presents Edward Gordon Craig, Shakespearean... 1963

Box 1:18

Edward Gordon Craig, 90th Birthday Tribute 1962

Box 1:18

Advertisement and sample page for "Fourteen Notes" by Edward Gordon Craig undated

Box 1:19

"Motion," Florence 1907

Box 1:20

Patent certificate of Craig's "Improvements in Stage Scenery." Kings Patent Agency, Limited, London, photocopy 1910

Box D Folio 1

Edward Gordon Craig radio talks, also extracts from a diary and some woodcuts. 1962

Scope and Content Note

Reminiscences of Ellen Terry (14 July 1951) -- Irving's way (21 July 1951) -- On the old school of acting (21 October 1951) -- Isadora Duncan (31 May 1952) -- A note on masks (25 December 1952) -- Celebrities I have met (31 December 1953) -- How I played Hamlet in Salford, Lancashire (25 December 1956).
In box 33 x 33 cm./ First broadcast on the BBC Third Programme, 1951-56./ Ninety-nine copies of this ed. have been published./ The brochure contains 8 reproductions of G. Craig's woodcuts, printed by the Shenval Press; brochure and presentation box designed by John Craig.
Box 1:21

Souvenir, Acis and Galatea. Masque of Love. As produced at the Great Queen Street Theatre. By Martin Shaw and Gordon Craig 1902 March 10

Box 1:22

Souvenir Program. Becket, by Alfred Lord Tennyson. First presented at the Lyceum Theatre, Feb. 6, 1893, by Henry Irving, London. 1893

Box 1:23

King Henry the Eighth, by Shakespeare. Presented at the Lyceum Theatre, January 5, 1892, by Henry Irving, London. 1892

Box 1:24

Photograph of Craig's screens

Scope and Content Note

Photograph of a model of a stage showing the use of Craig's screens. Signed by Craig in large letters, followed by the following note in Craig's hand: "Photograph of a model I made, which shows the use of my 'Screens' a little patent device I have found useful. It represents one of the scenes in 'Hamlet' but is not one I used in Moscow."
Box 1:25

Catalogue of Edward Gordon Craig Centenary Exhibition, 1872-1972: The Early Years 1972

Box 1:26

Catalogue of Edward Gordon Craig A Mermaid Theatre Exhibition 90th Birthday Celebration 1962

Box 1:27

History of Puppets by Gordon Craig undated