Charles William Wallace Papers: Finding Aid mssWallace

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Charles William Wallace papers
Creator: Wallace, Charles William, 1865-1932
Identifier/Call Number: mssWallace
Physical Description: 7.1 Linear Feet (17 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1900-1920
Abstract: A collection of research material on English drama and theater collected by Charles William Wallace, American author and educator.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Charles William Wallace papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Victoria E. Berggren, March 1962.

Biographical / Historical

Charles William Wallace (1865-1932) was born in Hopkins, Missouri; he was a researcher, educator, and author. His field of interest was English drama and he published numerous works on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theatre.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, notes, transcripts, and photographs relating to Wallace's research in English drama and theatre practices. Wallace was interested in Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre, and most of the material in the collection pertains to this focus. Some material in the collection also addresses the laws and legal procedures of the same period, including several transcripts from court cases and other documentary material. Subjects addressed within the collection as a whole include William Shakespeare; Blackfriars Theatre; the Globe Theatre; 16th and 17th century English drama and theatre; and British law and legal practice of the same period, including references to the Court of Chancery.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1970. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


The collection has been arranged into the following series: 1. Personal papers, including correspondence and manuscripts; 2. Professional papers, including transcripts and manuscripts; 3. Miscellaneous materials, including notes, manuscripts and photographs.


Former call number: mssWallace papers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

English drama -- Early Modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism
Law -- England -- 16th century
Law -- England -- 17th century
Theaters -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century
Theaters -- England -- London -- History -- 17th century
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century
Manuscripts -- 20th century
Notes (documents) -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Transcripts -- 20th century
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Blackfriars Theatre (London, England)
Globe Theatre (London, England : 1599-1644)

Box 1

Personal papers

Scope and Contents

Contains a biographical note, Wallace family pedigree, personal apprectiations, correspondence, manuscripts, note books, and miscellany.
Box 2-3

Historical background

Scope and Contents

Boxes 2-9 contain transcripts of source material pertaining to English drama and the theater.
Box 4

Personalities belonging to the English theater

Box 5

Legal proceedings

Box 6-7

Legal records

Box 8-9


Box 10-14

Manuscripts and articles by Charles William Wallace

Box 15

Manuscripts by others, clippings, notes, photographs, reader's slips, indexes, and photostats

Box 16

Index files

Box 17

Index files