Guide to the Katherine Drummond Shakespeare Collection MS 226

Finding aid prepared by Alison Hennessey
Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.
San Diego History Center Document Collection
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
May 31, 2012

Title: Katherine Drummond Shakespeare Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS 226
Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1934-1942
Abstract: This collection contains a 40-volume set of Shakespeare’s plays previously owned by Katherine Drummond, and includes photographs from Shakespearean performances held at the Old Globe Theatre.
creator: Drummond, Katherine

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alison Hennessey on May 31, 2012.
Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Preferred Citation

Katherine Drummon Shakespeare Collection, MS 226, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

Biographical / Historical Notes

“The New Temple Shakespeare” edition of William Shakespeare’s plays was originally published in 1894. This edition, edited by M.R. Ridley with engravings by Eric Gill, was published between 1934 and 1936. Katherine Drummond acquired the volumes, apparently as gifts, between 1935 and 1942.
The California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park (1935-1936) was accompanied by performances of several Shakespeare plays at the Old Globe Theatre. Many of the actors in the productions went on to have notable acting careers performing on Broadway and in television and film, including Joe A. Callaway. Callaway had a prestigious acting career and is currently remembered through the Joe A. Callaway Awards established by its namesake to recognize excellence in acting. Franklin Heller went on to direct the famous television show, “What’s My Line?” for 17 years. Other notable actors include, Boris Aplon, Carl Benton Reid, Irene Tedrow, Bertram Tanswell, Jack Woolley (later known as Jackson Woolley), Jackson Perkins, Martha Ellen Scott, and Rhys Williams.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number 931229.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some dust jackets are torn. (May 24, 2012)

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


Collection is arranged in order of publication.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 39 volumes of plays by William Shakespeare as well as one introductory volume on the playwright, published from 1934-1936. Most of the volumes have an inscription with the month and year the volume was gifted to Katherine Drummond. Some volumes contain photographs with signatures of actors who performed in one or more of Shakespeare’s plays at the California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936). Photographs are affixed onto the pages corresponding to the plays performed by the actors.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many loose photographs in "King Henry VIII" volume (Box 1, folder 15).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Aplon, Boris
Aston, Ruth
Bolton, George Taylor
California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936 : San Diego, Calif.).
Callaway, Joe A.
Coghlan, Austin
Cutting, Richard
Dvorak, Elsie
Ferall, Michael
Foote, Harriet
Franklin, William
Galbraith, Robert
Gallagher, Donald
Gardner, Frank
Gilbert, Lauren
Gray, Everett
Hagan, R. Lyle
Hayward, Joyce
Heider, Fred
Heller, Franklin
Jackson, Mary, 1910-2005
Leoyle, Honora
McCarthy, Charles
McDermott, Thomas
Nachtman, Robert
Nestle, Jack B.
O'Neal, Charles, 1904-1996
Perkins, Jackson
Phillips, Bernard
Power, Kendall
Reid, Carl Benton, 1893-1973
Rosenova, Olga
Runnion, Guy
Scott, Martha Ellen
Selby, Sarah, 1905-1980
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. All's well that ends well
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Antony and Cleopatra
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. As you like it
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Comedy of errors
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Coriolanus
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Cymbeline
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Henry V
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Julius Ceasar
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Henry IV
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Henry VIII
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Henry VI
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King John
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Lear
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Richard III
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Richard II
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Love's labour's lost
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Macbeth
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Measure for measure
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Merry wives of Windsor
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Midsummer night's dream
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Much ado about nothing
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Othello
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Pericles
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Rape of Lucrece
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Sonnets
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Taming of the shrew
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Tempest
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Timon of Athens
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Titus Andronicus
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Troilus and Cressida
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Twelfth night
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Two gentlemen of Verona
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Winter’s tale
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Sievers, Wieder
Sommers, Gordon
Spater, Richard
Spreckels Theatre.
Swetland, William, 1913-2003
Tanswell, Bertram, 1905-1984
Tedrow, Irene
Wess, Norman
Willard, John, 1885-1942
Williams, Rhys, 1892-1969
Woolley, Jackson
Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)
San Diego (Calif.)

Box-folder 1:1

"Hamlet" (gifted March 1936), 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as Rosencrantz
Joe A. Callaway as Barnardo
Bertram Tanswell as Polonius
Irene Tedrow as Gertrude, Queen of Denmark
Rhys Williams as the first grave digger
Jack Woolley as Laertes
Box-folder 1:2

"Titus Andronicus" (gifted January 1942), 1934

Box-folder 1:3

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" (gifted January 1936), 1934-1936


Joe A. Callaway as Snout, the Tinker
Carl Benton Reid as Bottom, the Weaver
Bertram Tanswell as Puck
Irene Tedrow as Hippolyta
Jack Woolley as Snug, the Joiner
Box-folder 1:4

"Timon of Athens" (gifted January 1942), 1934

Box-folder 1:5

"As You Like It" (gifted 1935), 1934-1936


Joe A. Callaway as William, a country fellow
Jackson Perkins as Rosalind, daughter of the banished Duke
Martha Ellen Scott as Celia, daughter of Duke Frederick
Bertram Tanswell as Touchstone, a clown
Irene Tedrow as Audrey, a country wench
Jack Woolley as Oliver
Box-folder 1:6

"The Comedy of Errors" (gifted January 1936), 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as Angelo
Jackson Perkins as Adriana
Martha Ellen Scott as Luciana
Bertram Tanswell as Dromio of Ephesus
Irene Tedrow as Emilia
Jack Woolley as Solinus, Duke of Ephesus
Box-folder 1:7

"Coriolanus" (gifted January 1942), 1934

Box-folder 1:8

"The Sonnets" (gifted January 1942), 1935

Box-folder 1:9

"The Taming of the Shrew" (gifted November 1935), 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as servant to Petruchio
Joe A. Callaway as a tailor
Jackson Perkins as Katharina
Carl Benton Reid as Petruchio
Martha Ellen Scott as Bianca and a servant to Petruchio
Bertram Tanswell as Grumio and a servant to Petruchio
Rhys Williams as a servant to Petruchio
Jack Woolley as Tranio
Box-folder 1:10

"Love's Labour's Lost" (gifted January 1942), 1934

Box-folder 1:11

"King Henry IV, Part I" (gifted July 1936), 1934-1936

Box-folder 1:12

"King Henry IV, Part II" (gifted October 18, 1941), 1934

Box-folder 1:13

"Julius Caesar" (gifted 1935), 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as Decius Brutus
Carl Benton Reid as Marcus Brutus
Irene Tedrow as Calpurnia
Jack Woolley as a Soothsayer
Box-folder 1:14

"King Richard III," 1935

Box-folder 1:15

"King Henry VIII" (gifted July 1936), 1934-1936


Franklin Heller as King Henry VIII
Box-folder 1:16

"The Merchant of Venice," 1935

Box-folder 1:17

"King Lear" (gifted October 1936), 1935

Box-folder 1:18

"Antony and Cleopatra" (gifted October 18, 1941), 1935

Box-folder 1:19

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" (gifted April 1936), 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as host of the Garter Inn
Joe A. Callaway as Shallow
Jackson Perkins as Mistress Ford
Carl Benton Reid as Sir John Falstaff
Bertram Tanswell as Doctor Caius
Irene Tedrow as Mistress Page
Rhys Williams as Sir Hugh Ivans
Jack Woolley as Fenton
Box-folder 2:1

"King Henry V," 1935

Box-folder 2:2

"Macbeth," 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as Ross
Joe A. Callaway as the third murderer
Carl Benton Reid as Macbeth
Bertram Tanswell as Seyton
Irene Tedrow as Lady Macbeth
Rhys Williams as MacDuff
Jack Woolley as the second murderer
Box-folder 2:3

"Measure for Measure" (gifted January 1942), 1935

Box-folder 2:4

"Othello" (gifted October 1936), 1935

Box-folder 2:5

"Troilus and Cressida" (gifted January 1942), 1935

Box-folder 2:6

"Romeo and Juliet" (gifted August 1936), 1935


Franklin Heller as Capulet
Box-folder 2:7

"All's Well That Ends Well" (gifted February 1936), 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as Parolles
Jackson Perkins as Helena
Martha Ellen Scott as Diana
Bertram Tanswell as Lafeu
Irene Tedrow as Countess of Roussillon
Box-folder 2:8

"Twelfth Night" (gifted Christmas 1935), 1935


Boris Aplon as Antonio, a Sea Captain
Jackson Perkins as Viola
Carl Benton Reid as Sir Toby Belch, Uncle of Olivia
Feste, a clown
Irene Tedrow as Olivia
Box-folder 2:9

"Pericles" (gifted January 1942), 1935

Box-folder 2:10

"The Winter's Tale" (gifted March 1936), 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as Time
Joe A. Callaway as Clown
Jackson Perkins as Paulina, wife to Antigonus
Martha Ellen Scott as Perdita, daughter to Leontes and Hermione
Bertram Tanswell as Camillo
Irene Tedrow as Hermione, Queen of Leontes
Rhys Williams as Antigonus, Lord of Sicilia
Jack Woolley as Florizel, Prince of Bohemia
Box-folder 2:11

"King John" (gifted January 1942), 1935

Box-folder 2:12

"Much Ado About Nothing" (gifted February 1936), 1934-1936


Boris Aplon as Borachio
Joe A. Callaway as Dogberry
Carl Benton Reid as Benedick
Martha Ellen Scott as Hero
Irene Tedrow as Beatrice
Jack Woolley as Don Pedro of Arragon
Box-folder 2:13

"Cymbeline" (gifted January 1942), 1935

Box-folder 2:14

"The Tempest" (gifted January 1936), 1934-1936

Box-folder 2:15

"The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis," 1935

Box-folder 2:16

"King Richard II," 1935

Box-folder 2:17

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" (gifted June 1939), 1934-1936


Franklin Heller as the Duke of Milan, father to Silvia
Box-folder 2:18

"King Henry VI, Part I," 1935

Box-folder 2:19

"King Henry VI, Part II" (gifted January 1942), 1936

Box-folder 2:20

"King Henry VI, Part III" (gifted January 1942), 1936

Box-folder 2:21

"William Shakespeare: An Introductory Volume," 1936