Tennessee Williams papers, 1930-1970 (Collection LSC 492)

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Title: Tennessee Williams papers
Collection number: LSC 492
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 linear ft. (2 boxes.)
Date: 1930-1970
Abstract: Thomas Lanier Williams (1911-1983) was born in Columbus, Mississippi. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for A Streetcar Named Desire, and another in 1955 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Many of his plays were adapted for the screen. His works include 24 major plays, 2 novels, several screenplays, and a volume of memoirs. The collection contains manuscripts of several of Williams's published and unpublished plays, play fragments, short stories, screen scenarios, and poems.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983

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Papers cannot be copied or published except with the permision of the literary executor (information on file).

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Tennessee Williams, purchase, 1970.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Tennessee Williams papers (Collection 492). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Thomas Lanier Williams was born on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi; his first major success came with the 1945 Broadway premiere of The Glass Menagerie; won a Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for A Streetcar Named Desire, and another in 1955 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; adapted a number of his plays for the screen; his works include 24 major plays, 2 novels, several screenplays, and a volume of memoirs; died on February 25, 1983 in New York City.

Scope and Content

Collection contains manuscripts of several of Williams's published and unpublished plays, play fragments, short stories, screen scenarios, and poems. Includes transcripts of early versions of Sweet Bird of Youth and The Night of the Iguana. Also includes uncorrected proofs and galleys of Gilbert Maxwell's book, Tennessee Williams and Friends (1965).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Maxwell, Gilbert, 1910- --Tennessee Williams and Friends.
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983--Archives.
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
Dramatists, American--20th century--Archival resources.

Container List

Box 1

The Day on Which a Man Dies (an occidental Noh Play). Miami, Unpublished. 1960.

Physical Description: 40 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.
Box 1

And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens... Havana, Cuba, Unpublished. ca. 1958.

Physical Description: 33 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.
Box 1

Now and at the Hour of Our Death. n.p., Unpublished. n.d.

Physical Description: 39 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.
Box 1

The Demolition Downtown. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 31 leaves. Mimeograph and a few handtyped pages with holograph corrections.
Box 1

No Sight Would Be Worth Seeing. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 20 leaves. Mimeograph and a few handtyped pages with holograph corrections.
Box 1

The Drunken Fiddler. v.p., ca. Unpublished. 1930-1940.

Physical Description: 72 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.
Box 1

Happy August the Tenth. n.p., ca. Unpublished short story. 1957.

Physical Description: 21 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.
Box 1

Stairs to the Roof. New Orleans, Unpublished play. 1941.

Physical Description: 105 leaves. Professionally typed.

Scope and Content Note

Produced at the Pasadena Playhouse ca. 1943.
Box 1

Sweet Bird of Youth. n.p., ca. 1955.

Physical Description: 80 leaves. Mimeograph and a few handtyped pages, with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Original version, produced at Studio M in Coral Gables, Florida, ca. 1956.
Box 1

Man Bring This Up Road. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 55 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Short story published in the Knightly Quest, New York, New Directions, 1966.
Box 1

The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 65 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Fragments.
Box 1

Do it Yourself Interview. n.p., Unpublished. n.d.

Physical Description: 15 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.
Box 1

Candles to the Sun. n.p., Unpublished play. 1936.

Physical Description: 53 leaves. Typescript.
Box 1

The Night of the Iguana. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 50 leaves. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Early version, produced 1960.
Box 2

The Twister. n.p., Unpublished and unproduced. n.d.

Physical Description: 12 leaves. Typescript, carbon copy.
Box 2

Hide and Seek or Whipmaster. n.p., 1954.

Physical Description: 100 leaves. Typescript, carbon copy.

Scope and Content Note

Unpublished early version of Baby Doll.
Box 2

Golden Rules for Playwrights. Acapulco, Mexico, Unpublished. 1959.

Physical Description: 3 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.
Box 2

Night of the Iguana. n.p., Play. 1960.

Physical Description: 100 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Author's work-script.
Box 2

Baby Doll. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 65 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Screen scenario.
Fragment, not included in film.
Box 2

A Man Grows Long... n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 5 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Incomplete poem.
Box 2

Letter to the drama editor of the New York Times. New York, n.d.

Physical Description: 2 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Published in different form in the drama pages of the New York Times.
Box 2

A reply to the Point of View (POV) of critic Marya Mannes. New York, n.d.

Physical Description: 6 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Published in the drama section of the New York Times in slightly different form.
First draft.
Box 2

Mama's Old Stucco House. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

Story published in final form in the Knightly Quest, New York: New Directions, 1966.
Box 2

The Mutilated, and The Gnadiges Fraulein. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 43 leaves. Typescript and holograph.

Scope and Content Note

Two short plays, final versions produced in the 1960s.
Box 2

What's Next on the Agenda, Mr. Williams? n.p., Unpublished. n.d.

Physical Description: 13 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Prose-poem describing the author's experiences in the violent ward of a psychiatric hospital.
Read at London Poetry Festival, 1970.
Box 2

A Recluse and His Guest. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 13 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Short story published in Playboy, December 1969.
Box 2

The Tread-Mill. n.p., Never published. n.d.

Physical Description: 3 leaves. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Fragment of an early short story.
Box 2

One Arm. n.p., ca. Screenplay of the short story. Unproduced. 1968.

Physical Description: 100 leaves. Typescript.
Box 2

Letter to Virginia Carr. Key West, Florida, August 18-19, 1970.

Physical Description: 2 leaves. Typescript.
Box 2

Maxwell, Gilbert. Tennessee Williams and Friends. New York: World Publishing Company, 1965.

Scope and Content Note

Uncorrected proofs, galleys.
 

Poems. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: (7 leaves)

Scope and Content Note

(Typescript and holograph)
Box 2

“We Are Coming Home to Die...” [first line].

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

10 line poem.
Box 2

“Ain't it a Pity”.

Physical Description: 2 leaves. Holograph, signed.

Scope and Content Note

24 line poem.
Box 2

“She That Comes Late to the Dance”.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Holograph, signed.

Scope and Content Note

12 line poem.
Box 2

“A Witch and Her Daughter...” [first line].

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

12 line poem.
Box 2

“A Moment in a Room”. March 1952.

Physical Description: 2 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

32 line poem.