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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Date (inclusive): 19th and early 20th centuries
    Collection number: P-200
    Extent: 26 linear feet in 26 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Davis, California
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Department.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The Scripts Collection was created over more than twenty years through purchases from book dealers. The Department of Special Collections continues to add to this "open" collection.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the Scripts Collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item] THE PLAYSCRIPTS COLLECTION, P-200, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Scope and Content

    The Scripts Collection of the Department of Special Collections consists primarily of 19th and early 20th century American and British acting editions. Various genres are included-comedies, Ethiopian sketches, farces, melodramas, musical comedies, pantomimes, and tragedies, among others.
    The bulk of these items are in their original wrappers representing editions of many publishers including Baker, DeWitt, Dicks, French, Lacy, Lea, Penn, and Spencer. In addition, there are some 20th century anthologies and unpublished manuscripts.
    Although the vast majority of the scripts are clean copies, there are a few prompt copies and others that are inscribed with signatures, cast members' names, dates, and textual markings.
    These scripts are acquired to preserve an historical record, to provide samples of theatrical fare representative of the time and period covered, and to offer unique items which may be considered primary source material.
    The Scripts Collection is an "open" collection with additions sought from donors and sellers alike. The collection contains in excess of 1600 titles representing approximtely 850 authors.
    Authorities used for authors' names are: English Drama of the Nineteenth Century: An Index and Finding Guide , compiled and edited by James Ellis; Nineteenth-Century American Drama, by Donald L. Hixon and Don A. Hennessee; and English Drama 1900-1930, by Allardyce Nicoll.

    Related Material

    Other collections held in the Department of Special Collections that closely relate to the Scripts Collection are:
    • Breese, Edmund (1871-1936). Papers.
    • Ellsler, Effie (Euphemia) (1854-1942). Papers.
    • Hanley, Joseph G. (1828-1869). Papers.
    • Moffat, Margaret (1882-1942). Papers.
    • Placide, Henry (c. 1750-1872). Papers.
    • Smith, William Henry Sedley (1806-1872). Papers.
    • Warde, Frederick Barkham (1851-1935). Papers.
    • Wood, William Burke (1779-1861). Papers.