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Guide to the Watson Nicholson Papers , ca. 1903-1921
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Box 1, Folder 1

Patents, petitions, grants and other documents from the Patent Office and Lord Chamberlain's office and other archives in London, relating to the theaters, patentees, managers, actors, etc., transcriptions of Vol. I - Tudors and Stuarts.

Box 1, Volume 2 (vol.)

Patents, etc. - Transcriptions of Vol. II, includes correspondence with and notes for Lucy Drucker, transcriber, 1920and 1921,holograph transcriptions and appendices - chron. list of important facts connected with history of theatrical monopoly, copies of various theatrical patents and licences, Parliamentary legislation regulating plays and players, copies of plans for proposed new theatres, copies of petitions and other docs. re: Council proceedings, of 1810for a third theater, copies of docs. illustrative of struggle between 1832and 1843,misc., alphabetical list of minor theaters established in London prior to 1843,bibliography.

Box 1, Folder 3

Miscellaneous Notes - The Minor Theaters

Box 2, Folder 4

Reports of Select Committees 1832, 1853, 1866, 1892, 1909

Box 2, Folder 5

Miscellany - list of Lords Chamberlain and Examiners, bibliography of censored plays, laws regulating theater and drama in England, state of the London stage at various periods 1844 - 1873,censorship considered by critics, etc., censorship - examples of absurdities, Archer notes - Shaw's criticism - Cibber notes, censorship in France, 19th century stage in England, Strictures by Zangwill, Filin, Fortnightly Review, TLS 1921J.M. Stillman.

Box 2, Folder 6

18th Century - Manners, Coronation of George II, Chapter from The Struggle - Little Theater & G.F., Goodman's Field Theater, Revolt of 1733, censored plays.

Box 2, Folder 7

19th Century - Notes - Lenten controversy, censored plays, clippings, censorship in France.

Box 3, Folder 8

Censored Plays - newspaper clips. and some notes. ALS 1909Frank E. Bryant.

Box 3, Folder 9

The Struggle for a Free Stage in London -

Physical Description: 2 ptd., unbound, uncut copies.
Box 3, Folder 10

The Victorian Era - notes and misc. notes on Thackeray's works. Tennyson, Browning (Lounsbury); Vanity Fair, Pendennis, Yellowplush Correspondence, Christmas Books, Sketch Books, Esmond, Newcomes.

Box 3, Folder 11

Early Writings of W. Makepeace Thackeray, I and II.

Box 3, Folder 12

Early Writings of W. Makepeace Thackeray, II, III, IV and V. Notes by Watson Nicholson from contemporary sources.

Box 4, Folder 13

Thomas Betterton and His Colleagues, I. A Study of the Restoration and Post-Restoration Stage and Drama. Notes and copies of - Patent Rolls (1639 - 1664),Docs. from Ld. Chamberlain's Office (1660 - 1685).

Box 4, Folder 14

Thomas Betterton and His Colleagues, II. Short study on actors and managers.

Physical Description: (typescript)
Box 4, Folder 15

The Restoration and Post-Restoration Drama, Thomas Betterton and his Colleagues, III - Sheridaniana.

Physical Description: (notes)
Box 5, Folder 16

Historical Sources of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year and Anthony Aston, Stroller and Adventurer original notes. ALS E. Carter, A.S. Salley, Jr. TLS Oscar Wegelin.

Box 5, Folder 17

Historical Sources of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year (1919)and Anthony Aston, Stroller and Adventurer (1920)original mss.

Box 5, Volume 18 (vol.)

A Diary of the Plague Year.

Physical Description: 2 bound copies of earlier version (bound together), typescript with corrections, some mss.
Box 5, Folder 19

Essays - Literary and otherwise - by Watson Nicholson. Use of the Iliad and Odyssey in Lit. Classes. Aims and methods, aims and scope of English Lit. in Secondary Schools, Science and Rhetoric, Analysis of Structure of Silas Marner, Critical discussion of Bulwer's Pelham, Christopher Marlowe, Dryden's Prefaces, Massachusetts New (currency) Emission: An Episode in American Colonial Finance, Russian Diplomacy as a Factor in the Downfall of Napolean, Russian Diplomacy vs. Napoleonism in War of 1812.

Scope and Content Note

- includes reprints, typescripts (some with ms. corrections).
Box 6, Folder 20

Nicholsoniana - Unpublished mss. by Watson Nicholson. Who was Thackeray before Vanity Fair?, Early Writings of Wm. Makepeace Thackeray, Contemporary Estimate of William Makepeace Thackeray, Debit and Credit Account of Jack Wilton, Side Glances at Dramatic Censorship in England, True History of A Grunenwald Romance, or the Confessions of a Neb (short story), Wm. Lyon Phelps, An Appreciation.

Scope and Content Note

- typescript with ms. corrections, one holograph ms.
Box 6, Folder 21

Evolution of the Master of the Revels - Notes I Notes on the Revels, Revels to 1610.

Physical Description: - ms. notes, clips.
Box 6, Folder 22

II, (Commonwealth, etc.).

Box 7, Folder 23

III, Restoration.

Box 7, Folder 24

IV, 1611 - 1640.

Box 7, Folder 25

V, Sir Henry Herbert regime. - Evolution of the Master of the Revels - Mss., original mss., unpublished, imcomplete. 1st of a planned three vol. History of the Censorship of the English Stage.

Box 7, Folder 26

Chapters I and II, two versions,

Physical Description: typescript with ms. corrections.
Box 7, Folder 27

Chapters III - VI,

Physical Description: typescript with ms. corrections.
Box 7, Folder 28 - 29

Chapters VII and VIII, manuscript - holograph. Chapter X, holograph notes (no Chapter IX).

Physical Description: typescript with ms. corrections,

Scope and Content Note

- TLS [F.R. Lounsbury?].
Box 8, Folder 30

Lincoln Notes and Lecture

Box 8, Folder 31

Notes for Lectures on English Lit (Yale 1901 - 1908).The 17th century, Poets, Elizabethan Prose Writers.

Box 8, Folder 32

Miscellaneous Printed Material and Photo - theater programs, syllabus, articles.

Physical Description: (2)
Box 8, Folder 33

Periander, Tyrant of Corinth - bound, unpublished play by Mrs. Nicholson.