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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Edward Gordon Craig papers
    Creator: Craig, Edward Gordon
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1006
    Physical Description: 10.5 linear feet (15 boxes, 16 oversize boxes, and 3 cartons)
    Date (inclusive): 1883-1966
    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 appointed Royal Designer for Industry of the Royal College of Art (1938), made a Companion of Honour (1958) and was appointed president of the Mermaid Theatre, London (1964). The collection consists of materials related to Craig's career as an English stage designer and producer.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    B.F. Stevens & Brown, Limited, purchase, 1960.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 999645573606533 

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edward Gordon Craig Papers (Collection 1006). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Charlotte Payne, August 1976. Revised by Lilace Hatayama, February 1987.
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    Edward Henry Gordon Craig was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, January 16, 1872; 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, Bradfield College, and Heidelberg College in Germany; married and later divorced from 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), Scene (1923), 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); died July 29, 1966 in Vence, France.


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    January 16, 1872 Edward Henry Gordon Craig born at Stevenage, Hertsfordshire, England. Son of Ellen Terry and Edward William Godwin.
    1883-1886 Southfield Park School, Tunbridge Wells
    1884-1885 Visits United States on tour with Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. Makes first speaking appearance on stage in Eugene Aram.
    1886-1887 Bradfield College.
    1887-1888 Heidelberg College, Heidelberg.
    1888-1889 Southfield Park School, Tunbridge Wells, as a private student.
    1889-1892 At the Lyceum, London, under the direction of Henry Irving; provincial tours.
    1893 At the Lyceum. Met James Pryde and William Nicholson (the Beggarstaff artists) and began wood carving; at Uxbridge does his first stage production, de Musset's On ne badine pas avec l'amour.
    1894 Provincial tours.
    1895 Leaves the Lyceum; provincial tours.
    1896 Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet
    1897 Meets Martin Shaw, the English composer and conductor.
    1898 The Page
    1899 Gordon Craig's Book of Penny Toys
    1900 Bookplates, a booklet. Presents Dido and Aeneas
    1901 Dido and Aeneas and The Masque of Love
    1902 Acis and Galatea and The Masque of Love in London. Publishes souvenir program illustrated by his woodcuts for the performance. Designs settings for Bethlehem
    1903 The Harvest Home. Designs sets for Fred Terry's production of Sword and Song and enters theatrical management with Ellen Terry and Edith Craig (Edward Gordon Craig's sister) in production of Ibsen's The Vikings and Much Ado about Nothing
    1904 Venice Preserved
    1905 The Art of the Theatre
    1906 Isadora Duncan - Six Movement Designs in Germany. Meets Eleonora Duse in Berlin and designs sets for Rosmersholm
    1907 The White Fan
    1908 The Mask in Florence as forum for theatre criticism; publishes A Portfolio of Etchings. Travels to Moscow to discuss Stanislavsky's production of Hamlet
    1910 Travels to Moscow.
    1911 On the Art of the Theatre. W.B. Yeats uses Craig's new screens in sets for his plays at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Honored by dinner in London on July 16. In Moscow for the presentation of Hamlet
    1913 A Living Theatre
    1914-1916 School closes due to war and lack of funds; suspends publication of The Mask, writes marionette plays.
    1917 Moves to the Villa Raggio, Rapallo, Italy.
    1918 The Mask in April. Publishes The Marionette
    1919 The Mask. The Theatre Advancing
    1922 Invited to open the International Exhibition of Theatre Art and Craft at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Exhibit travels to London and Manchester.
    1923 Scene
    1924 Woodcuts and Some Words, and Nothing, or the Bookplate
    1925 Books and Theatres
    1926 The Crown Pretenders
    1930 Hamlet with Craig's prints is published. In A Production-1926, Craig's illustrations for The Crown Pretenders are published. Also published the biography, Henry Irving
    1931 Ellen Terry and her Secret Self
    1934 Invited to Volta Conference in Rome by Pirandello and Marconi; meets Marinetti, Maeterlinck, and Gropius.
    1935 Visits Moscow and meets Brecht, Litvanov and Eisenstein.
    1938 Appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.
    1940 Taken to Stalag 142, Besançon, as a British citizen living in occupied Paris.
    1957 Index to the Story of my Days
    1958 Made a Companion of Honour.
    1962 Eight Wood Engravings for Hamlet
    1966 Dies in Vence, France.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to Craig's career as an English stage designer and producer. Includes correspondence, manuscripts, books owned and annotated by Craig, articles by or referring to Craig, photographs, designs, and ephemera.

    Related Material

    Online Item Available

    Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Edward G. Craig Papers (1 item). 

    List of Added Entries

    Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923.
    Craig, Edith, 1869-1947.
    Craig, Edward Anthony, 1904- .
    The crown pretenders.
    de Walden, Lord Howard.
    Greet, Sir Ben, 1857-1936.
    Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959.
    Irving, Sir Henry, 1838-1905.
    St. John, Christopher Marie (pseudonym).
    Terry, Dame Ellen, 1847-1928.
    Shaw, Martin Fallas, 1875-1958.

    List of Added Entries

    1. Actor G92, E86.
    2. Stage Manager G86, E82.
    3. Ophelia.
    4. Ophelia Mad G136, E124.
    5. Bird Dancer.
    6. Ghost with Crown G17, E17.
    7. Ghost with Bone G115, E110.
    8. Hamlet & Daemon (Large).
    9. Hamlet & Daemon (Small) G77, E70.
    10. Hamlet with Skull G154, E150.
    11. Laertes G160, E156.
    12. Queen G134, E123.
    13. A Lord (Guildenstern) G170, E162.
    14. Seated Figure (Large).
    14C. Seated Figure (Small).
    15. King Claudius G122, E114.
    16. Actor (3/4 length)--two blocks: second E64.
    17. Polonius G24, E24.
    18. Osric G168, E160.
    19. Yorick G155, E151.
    20. Gravediggers.
    21. Candlebearer 1.
    22. Candlebearer 2.
    23. Candlebearer 3.
    24. Candlebearer 4.
    25. Doubt G162, E74.
    26. Soldiers seated G10, E10.
    27. Ghost in flames G11, E11.
    28. Courtier.
    29. Courtier.
    30. Hamlet with curtain G21, E21.
    31. Hamlet/Horatio profile.
    32. Mask for Queen.
    33. Soldier with Shield (Large) G9, E9.
    34. Soldier with Shield (Small) G140.
    Block 2 E128.
    35. Fencer A:. Block 1, Block 2, Block 3 G175, E167.
    36. Fencer B:. Block 1, Block 2 G175, E167, Block 3.
    37. Hamlet & King Claudius G109, E102.
    38. S.1 & S.3 Black Girl.
    39. Girl with Stick.
    40. Shylock.
    41. Antonio.
    42. Bassanio.
    43. Lorenzo.
    44. Lawyer.
    45. Young Gobbo.
    46. Old Gobbo.
    47. Lady in Waiting.
    48. Three Witches.
    49. Running Figure.
    50. The Jewess.
    51. Cuchulain.
    52. Priestess.
    53. Group of Four Men.
    54. Mask.
    55. Mask.
    56. Rosencrantz.
    57. Guildenstern.
    58. Iphigenia.
    59. Mourners.
    60. The Jew.
    61B. Beauty.
    62. The Beast.
    63. Group of Eight Men.
    64. Moses.
    65. Lust.
    66. Dancing Girl.
    67. Hunger.
    68. Girl with Ball.
    69. Susanna.
    70. First Elder.
    71. Second Elder.
    72. Hecuba.
    73. Ophelia with Willow.
    74. Roman Actor.
    75. Electra.
    76. Roman Actor.
    77. Roman Actor.
    78A. Roman Actor, Block 1.
    78B. Roman Actor, Block 2.
    79. The Scrivener.
    80. The Priest.
    81. Worshipper.
    82. Gravedigger (Second) G149, E144.
    82B. Gravedigger (First) G150, E146.
    83. Portia.
    84. Fear.
    85. Eve.
    86. Kultur, Culture, Cultura et cie.
    87. Self-Portrait.
    88. Thespis.
    89. Hamlet with Sword:. Block 1, Block 2 G111, E105.
    90. Shakespeare.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Set designers -- England -- Archives.
    Theatrical producers and directors -- England -- Archives.
    Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966