Scope and Content
Title: Rudolph Holzapfel Collection About Edward Gordon Craig,
Date (inclusive): 1944-1960
Collection number: 1482
Creator: Holzapfel, Rudolph
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Edward Henry Gordon Craig (1872-1966) was a member of the Lyceum, London, where he received training as an actor and began
his career in stage design and production (1889-95). He was also an author, the Royal Designer for Industry of the Royal College
of Art (1938), and president of the Mermaid Theatre, London (1964). In 1958, he was made a Companion of Honour. The collection
consists of correspondence, cards, and woodcuts by Edmund Gordon Craig, as well as a photograph, ephemera, and related letters
to Rudolph Holzapfel from Raymond Raynal (Jean Louis Barrault).
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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Edward Henry Gordon Craig was born on January 16, 1872 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England; son of Ellen Terry, a Shakespearean
actress, and Edward William Godwin, and brother of Edith Craig, a theatrical producer and director; attended Southfield Park
School in Tunbridge Wells, Bradford College, and Heidelberg College in Germany; married and later divorced actress May Gibson;
member of the Lyceum, London, where he received training as an actor and began his career in stage design and production,
1889-95; involved in productions such as
Acis and Galatea (1902),
The Vikings at Helgeland (1903), and
Much ado about nothing (1903); publications include:
The art of the theatre (1905),
On the art of theatre (1911),
Woodcuts and some words (1924), and a partial biography titled,
Index to the story of my days (1957); magazine publications include:
The page (1898-1901) and
The mask (1908-29); appointed Royal Designer for Industry of the Royal College of Art, 1938; made a Companion of Honour, 1958; president
of the Mermaid Theatre, London (1964); he died on July 29, 1966 in Vence, France.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of correspondence, cards, and woodcuts by Edmund Gordon Craig, as well as a photograph, ephemera, and
related letters to Rudolph Holzapfel from Raymond Raynal (Jean Louis Barrault).
Expanded Scope and Content
The collection consists primarily of letters written to Rudolf Melander Holzapfel from Edward Gordon Craig. Craig addressed
Holzapfel as “Rudolph,” “Holz,” or “Ward” at various times. In folder 1, in addition to Craig's letters, is a green notebook
in which these letters were originally placed, as well as Holzapfel's holograph note, which explains some of the abbreviations
and references in the text of the letters.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.
Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966--Archives.
Barrault, Jean Louis--Correspondence.
Theatrical producers and directors--England--Archival resources.
Genres and Forms of Material