Guide to the Dame Judith Anderson Collection, ca. 1915-1980s

processed by David C. Tambo; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-3062
Fax: (805) 893-5749
Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
© 2000
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Dame Judith Anderson Collection, ca. 1915-1980s

Collection number: PA Mss 6

Department of Special Collections



Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
Processors:
Preliminary arrangement and description by David C. Tambo
Date Completed:
4/23/98
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2000 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dame Judith Anderson Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1915-1980s
Collection number: PA Mss 6
Creator: Anderson, Dame Judith
Extent: 20 lin. ft. (49 boxes and 2 artifacts)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Abstract: The collection includes papers of the Australian born actress noted for her stage, radio, and television work, particularly her Shakespearean roles. The collection includes scripts, photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

[see coll. files.]

Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Use Restrictions: None.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dame Judith Anderson Collection, PA Mss 6, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biography

[from Independent obituary] "Born Frances Margaret Anderson-Anderson, in Adelaide, South Australia, on February 10, 1898, she made her first appearance on state in 1915. She soon began touring with Australian companies and made her first New York debut in 1918. After small parts at first, by 1921 she was playing leading roles in stock companies in Boston and Albany. After a decade of continuous work, including three plays in Australia, Anderson succeeded Lynn Fontaine as Nina Leeds in Strange Interludes. In 1932 she toured with the Eugene O'Neill trilogy Mourning Becomes Electra, which opened at New York's Alvin Theatre.
The list of roles is long and impressive in its challenge and diversity. From O'Neill to her incomparable Lady Macbeth and Medea to the matriarch in NBC's soap Santa Barbara, Anderson brought her unique presence and force to the stage. Her striking looks and demeanor were unforgettable images to stage and screen audiences. Probably her best-known part, that of Mrs. Danvers, the deranged housekeeper in Hitchcock's 1940 classic Rebecca, forever typecast her in the minds of the viewing public ...
After 45 years on stage and in films, Anderson was given the title of Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1950.
Dame Judith lived quietly in Santa Barbara for almost 50 years, making a significant and generous contribution to the local theater community during that time. In her long relationship with the Lobero Theatre Foundation, Anderson performed numerous times at the theater..."
She died January 3, 1991, in her home on San Ysidro Road in Montecito.

Container List

Box 1-3

Awards, Tributes and Recognitions

 

Correspondence

 

Incoming

Box 4

1915-1918

Box 5

1927-1939, B. H. Lehmann

Box 6

1937-1973

Box 7-8

Financial Records, ca. 1948-1949 and unknown

Box 9

Passports (2) and Engagement Diaries, 1919-1973, undated

Box 10-11

Performances (arranged alphabetically; includes programs and clippings)

 

Scrapbooks

Box 12

1930s

Box 13-16

Ballet

 

Scripts (arranged alphabetically by title, within each category)

Box 17-18

Film

Box 19-21

Radio

 

Agamemnon

 

Broadcast to Australian people re Elizabethan Theatre Trust, 1954

 

Elizabeth and Mary

 

Eumenides

 

Family Portrait - Drama Criticism of

 

Hamlet

 

Human Deeds for Human Needs - Salvation Army, 1943

 

In This I Believe

 

Lady MacBeth

 

Lady MacBeth and Medea

 

The Long Road

 

MacBeth

 

Maria Stuart

 

Medea

 

Mourning Becomes Electra

 

The Old Vic Theatre Company

 

Queen Elizabeth Looks in Her Mirror

 

Soldiers in Greasepaint, 1943

 

Statue of Liberty

 

The Tower Beyond Tragedy

 

The Tragic Muse

 

The Treasury Hour

 

Words with Music - Armed Forces Radio Service Presents WWII Radio Show Featuring Dame Judith Anderson

 

Untitled

Box 22-25

Television

Box 26-29

Theatre

Box 30

Unsorted

Box 31-35

Clippings

 

Miscellany

Box 36-38

General and Unsorted

 

Magazines

Box 39

Musical and Theatre

Box 40

Other

Box 41-42

Programs (not Anderson performances)

 

Photographs

Box 43

Early and Family

Box 44-45

Production

Box 46

Publicity, Public Appearances, Celebrity Shots (includes photos with Lotte Lehmann, Robinson Jeffers)

Box 47

Unsorted

Box 48

Tapes and Films

Oversize 49

Oversize (Scrapbooks and Photos)

 

Artifacts

 

Emmies (2)