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Alan S. Downer Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Downer, Alan S. (Alan Seymour), 1912-1970

Alan S. Downer was a professor of English at Princeton University from 1946 to 1970.

The collection contains correspondence of Downer, Princeton professor of English (1946-1970), much of which is related to Princeton's Spencer Trask lecture series, the Voice of America radio series, and invitations to notable members of the theater to address Downer's classes; works by Downer, including articles, lecture notes and course material, miscellaneous research notes, and unfinished projects; papers of various lecture series, and articles, notes, and photographs relating to American theater; and reports and miscellaneous papers dealing with McCarter Theatre. There is also material concerning various professional organizations of which Downer was a member, as well as playbooks and scripts, such as Orson Welles's "Citizen Kane." Photographs include portraits of such actors and actresses as Sarah Bernhardt, Florence Eldridge, Mel Ferrer, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, and Frederic March.

Arranged in this order: correspondence; McCarter Theatre material; papers of professional organizations; lecture series; articles, notes, and photographs relating to American theater; manuscripts of articles by Downer; lecture notes and course materials; playbooks and promptbooks; miscellaneous research notes; and unfinished projects.

The collection is open to additions.

Donated by Florence Downer in 1971. Additional material donated by Florence Downer 1973-1991.

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Folder list added by Peter Runfola '2012 in 2011.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
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The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence: Aa-Bd, 1949-1969. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: Benny, Jack, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Be-Bz, 1944-1970. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: Carlyle, T, 1862. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Chaplin, Sydney, 1926. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ca-Cz, 1948-1969. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: Danforth, Norma, 1941. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Da-Dz, 1947-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Elks (Fraternal Order), 1896. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ea-Fz, 1947-1967. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: Ford, Harrison, 1927. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ga-Gn, 1948-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Gielgud, Sir John, 1947-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Go-Gz, 1962-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Harvard University, 1939. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ha-Jz, 1940-1969. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Correspondence: Kissinger, Henry, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ka-Kz, 1954-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Langdon, Harry, 1926. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: La-Mh, 1943-1968. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: Moore, Colleen, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: M-Nz, 1953-1968. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: Oa-Qz, 1955-1969. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Correspondence: Roberts, Theodore, 1927. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ruckle, Lisa, 1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ra-Sd, 1947-1970. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: The Sewanee Review (Sewanee Tennessee), 1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Sisson, Charles Jasper, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Se-Tz, 1949-1970. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Correspondence: Universal Pictures Corporation, 1926. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ua-Wg, 1955-1968. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: White Studio, 1948. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Wh-Zz, 1949-1968. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Correspondence: Zahn, L.H., 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Unidentified, 1954-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

American National Theatre and Academy, 1947-1950. 1 folder.
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1 folder

American Society for Theatre Research, 1956-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ASTR Membership Lists, 1956-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ASTR Minutes of the Executive Committee, 1957-1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

International Federation of Theatre Research, 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Sixth International Congress for Theatre Research, 1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Paper by Dr. Frantisek Cerny, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR paper by Margaret Dietrich, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Paper by Dr. Ferene Hont, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Paper by Hugh Hunt, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Paper by Filip K. Kumbatovic, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Paper by Donald Oenslager, 1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Paper by Raul Radice, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Paper by Gunter Schone, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

IFTR Paper by Edmund Stadler, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Theater Conference Transcript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

National Council of Teachers of English, 1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Theatre Research Council of America, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: A-K, 1960-1967. 2 folders.
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2 folders

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Fagles, Robert, 1968-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Farrington, J.A., 1963-1965. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Goheen, Robert F, 1959-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Hardy, Hugh, 1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: L-R, 1959-1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Kithgow, Arthur, 1967-1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Lockwood, William, 1965-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Lyon, Milton, 1963-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Pleasant, Richard, 1957-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: S-Z, 1959-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Seltzer, Daniel, 1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Correspondence: Taplin, Franklin E, 1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCarter Theatre, Reports, 1957-1969. 11 folders.
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11 folders

McCarter Theatre, Miscellaneous Papers, 1960-1970. 11 folders.
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11 folders

American Drama Lectures, undated. 18 folders.
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18 folders

Spencer-Trask Lecture Series, 1955-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Voice of America Series, 1964-1965. 12 folders.
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12 folders

Miscellaneous Lectures Delivered by Alan S. Downer and Others, 1950-1969. 30 folders.
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30 folders

Articles Written by Alan S. Downer, A-L, 1945-1963. 30 folders.
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30 folders

Articles by Alan S. Downer, M-S, 1942-1961. 26 folders.
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26 folders

Articles Written by Alan S. Downer, T-Z, 1944-1961. 19 folders.
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19 folders

"The American Theatre" Manuscript, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

"The American Theatre" Photographs with Captions, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

"The American Theatre" Notes and Index Cards, 1926. 3 folders.
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3 folders

"The Eminent Tragedian" Notes and Articles, 1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Eminent Tragedian", Typed Draft, undated. 6 folders.
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6 folders

"The Eminent Tragedian", Typed Final Draft, undated. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Manuscript of "Twenty-Five Modern Plays", undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Manuscript of "The Dramatic Experience", undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Lecture Notes: Drama 420/Drama 580, 1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 101, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 103/Literature Survey, 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 201, 1950-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 202/The Romantic Movement, 1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 205/Modern Dramatic Art (Reading Lists and Outlines), 1953-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 205/Modern Dramatic Art (Tests and Exams), undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 205/Modern Dramatic Art, Inaugural Lecture, 1949-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 205/Modern Dramatic Art, Inorganic Drama, 1951-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 205/Modern Dramatic Art, Organic Drama, "Riders to the Sea", 1961-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 205/Modern Dramatic Art, "Rosmerholm" I and II, 1964. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes: English 205 Lectures V-XV, undated. 10 folders.
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10 folders

Lecture Notes and Course Materials, English 205 Lectures XVI-XXVII, undated. 13 folders.
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13 folders

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 271, Student Papers, 1960. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 301-302, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 306, 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 313/Elizabethan Criticism, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 315/Shakespeare, 1948. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 316/Shakespeare, undated. 16 folders.
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16 folders

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 317/Restoration Drama, 1949-1965. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 322/English Literature and the Classics, 1960. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 323/Development of Dramatic Art, 1947-1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 324, 1948-1964. 20 folders.
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20 folders

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 324/Development of Dramatic Art, 1948-1962. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 341-342, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: Humanities 408-409/The Art of the Fiction Film, 1969. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: Literature 131/Shakespeare, 1956-1966. 9 folders.
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9 folders

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 525/Symbolism in Shakespeare, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 541/Restoration to Eighteenth Century Drama, 1953-1970. 13 folders.
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13 folders

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: English 542/Modern Drama, 1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lecture Notes and Course Materials: Graduate English Exams, 1956-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes and Course Materials: Summer School Courses and Seminars, 1952. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes and Course Materials: American College Theatre Festival, 1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes and Course Materials: College Entrance Examination Board, 1964-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes and Course Materials: DHEW Office of Education Conferences in Theatre Research, 1965-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes and Course Materials: DHEW Office of Education Conferences on Theatre Research-Developmental Activities Program, 1965. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes and Course Materials: DHEW Office of Education Conferences in Theatre Research Final Report, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes and Course Materials: Regents' Project Review of the Comprehensive Examination in English, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

American Theatre Research Notes, 1932. 2 folders.
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2 folders

American Theatre Research Notes (from Photostats), 1968. 5 folders.
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5 folders

Research Notes: 19th Century Drama, 1945. 15 folders.
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15 folders

Research Notes: Acting, undated. 9 folders.
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9 folders

Miscellaneous Research Notes: American Theatre, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Burlesque, 1939. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Chinese Theatre, 1932-1938. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Commedia dell'Arte, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Contemporary Drama, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Dramatic Authors' Society, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Egyptian Drama, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Film, 1945-1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Greek Theatre, 1941. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: History of American Theatre, 1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Masques, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: English Plays, 1926. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Theatrical Families', undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Research Notes: Photocopies and Photostats from Various Magazines, 1805-1839. 6 folders.
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6 folders

Autographed Offprints Written by Various Scholars, 1954-1968. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Prompt Books: A to C, undated. 11 folders.
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11 folders

Prompt Books: D to J, undated. 8 folders.
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8 folders

Prompt Books: K to N, undated. 10 folders.
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10 folders

Prompt Books: O to Z and Citizen Kane, 1958. 14 folders.
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14 folders

Unfinished Projects: John Barrymore, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: George M. Cohan, 1964. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: William Congreve, 1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: John Dryden, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: Harley Granville-Barker, 1923-1938. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: Harley Granville-Barker, 1925-1932. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Unfinished Projects: Henrik Ibsen, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: Eugene O'Neill, 1947. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Unfinished Projects: Otis Skinner, 1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: George C. Tyler, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Unfinished Projects: Julius Caesar, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: King Lear, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: The Merchant of Venice, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: Miscellaneous Notes, 1948-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unfinished Projects: Restoration Comedy, 1953-1964. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bibliographies, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Correspondence: Christmas Cards, 1964. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Autographs, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Unidentified, 1929-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Commitments, 1963-1964. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1961-1965. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: "American Drama and its Critics", 1964-1965. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Appleton-Century-Crafts, 1971. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Hedda Gabler Translation, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: University of Pittsburgh, 1964-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Dodd-Mead, 1961-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Twenty-five Modern Plays, 1947-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Harper and Brothers, 1962-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Evaluating Manuscripts for Harvard University Press, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Macready, "The Eminent Thespian", Harvard University Press, 1959-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Joseph Jefferson, Harvard University Press, 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Jefferson, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Henry Holt and Company, 1953. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Laurel Editions & Delta Books, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Leech, Clifford, 1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: University of Minnesota Press, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Drama in the Classroom N.C.T.E., undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Macbeth Lecture, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Modern Drama, Graduate 1958, 1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Special Lecture, Williams V. Miller, 1960-1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Evaluating Manuscript for Miscellaneous Publishers, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Recommendations, A-M, 1964-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Roll Book No. 50, 1956-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: University of Nebraska, Marriage à la Mode, 1965-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Notable American Women, Mrs. Douglass, 1960-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Pedicord, Harry, 1963-1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Pegasus, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Princeton University Press, 1964-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Random House History of the Theatre, 1966-1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Regnery Book, 1950. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Rinehart Books, 1950-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Absurdists, U.S. Information Service, 1964-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Basic Books, Voice of America, 1964-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Voice of America, 1960. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: World Book Encyclopedia, 1967-1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unmarked Folder, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Ab-Fa, undated. 47 folders.
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47 folders

Film Materials, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Films, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Film Seminar, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Financial Evaluation of the Alan S. Downer Collection, 1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: Fo-Lo, 1946-1969. 58 folders.
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58 folders

Correspondence: Ma-Yo, 1944-1969. 92 folders.
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92 folders

Unsorted Materials: Correspondence, Fulbright Award, and Lectures, 1953-1966. 17 folders.
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17 folders

Unsorted Materials: Notes and Writings, 1962-1969. 5 folders.
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5 folders

Print, Suggest