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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Biographical

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: Writings

Series IV: Clippings

Series V: Memorabilia

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Waldo Greene collection of Thornton Wilder papers, 1928-1994



Collection Summary

Creator: Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975
Title: Waldo Greene collection of Thornton Wilder papers
Dates: 1928-1994
Abstract: This collection is comprised of materials which Waldo Greene, a student of Thornton Wilder's, gathered about Wilder during Wilder's lifetime and up until Greene's death. Included among these materials are correspondence, bibliographies, newspaper and journal clippings, photographs, playbills, and copies of Wilder's typewritten journals.
Identification: MS 484
Quantity: 11 boxes (4 linear feet)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Waldo Greene was born ca. 1906 and died in 1994. At age seventeen he was a student of Thornton Wilder, then a French teacher at an exclusive prep school in New Jersey. Greene, a seventeen year old student at the time Wilder taught him, came to Texas after World War II, married and remained in the Rio Grande Valley.

Greene spent much of his life seeking details about his former teacher's life and collecting memorabilia about him. He corresponded with Wilder and Wilder's sister after Wilder's death.

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Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of comprises the materials Waldo Greene, a student of Thornton Wilder's, gathered about Wilder during Wilder's lifetime and up until Greene's death. Included among these materials are correspondence, bibliographies, newspaper and journal clippings, photographs, playbills, and copies of Wilder's typewritten journals.

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Arrangement

Series I: Biographical
Series II: Correspondence
Series III: Writings
Series IV: Clippings
Series V: Memorabilia

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the Waldo Greene collection of Thornton Wilder papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975--Diaries.
Wilder, Isabel
Greene, Waldo
Subjects
Dramatists, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Authors, American--20th century--Biography.
Formats
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Newclippings.
Journals.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Waldo Greene collection of Thornton Wilder papers, 1928-1994, MS 484, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Waldo Greene donated the bulk of the materials, including a book collection in 1981. He continued to add to the collection until 1993.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Biographical

box folder
1 1 Thornton Wilder Biographical Materials
2 Chronology of Thornton Wilder
3 Bibliography

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Series II: Correspondence

The Correspondence includes handwritten and photocopied letters to various people from Wilder. Also included in this series is correspondence from Waldo Greene to various people regarding Wilder, his whereabouts at certain times, or asking for explanations about correspondents. There are letters between Greene and manuscript dealers regarding Wilder materials for sale. Finally there are letters from Isabel Wilder about her brother, about Greene's collecting of Wilder memorabilia, and personal notes about the friendship that was formed between the Wilders and the Greenes.
box folder
1 4 Wilder Letters to the Bentleys, 1946-1952, n.d.
5 Wilder Letters to Roger Brooks, 1968, 1975
6 Wilder Letters to Ludi Clare
7 Wilder Letters to Peggy Clifford, 1958-1975, n.d.
8 Wilder Letters to Julian Cornell, 1950-1951
9 Wilder Letters to Katherine Cornell, 1941, 1965, 1970
10 Wilder Poem to John Craven, 1938
11 Wilder Letters to Waldo Greene, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1937-1942, 1944, 1945
12 Wilder Letters to Waldo Greene, 1952-1975
13 Envelopes of Letters from Wilder to Greene
14 Wilder Letters to Walter Hickens
15 Wilder Letters to the Isaacs, 1927-1941
16 Wilder Letters to Winifred Scott, 1949
17 Wilder Letters to Katherine M. Wygant
18 Wilder Letters to various people, 1928-1949
19 Wilder Letters to various people, 1950-1975, n.d.
20 Photocopies Wilder Letters to Various People, 1929-1981
21 Correspondence between Greene and various people regarding Wilder, 1960-1979
22 Letters to Greene regarding Wilder Memorabilia
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2 1 Letters to Greene regarding Wilder Memorabilia, 1978-1982
2 Letters to Greene regarding Wilder Memorabilia, 1983-1986
3 Letters to Greene regarding Wilder Memorabilia, 1989-
4-5 Letters from Isabel Wilder to Waldo Greene
6 Letters from Isabel Wilder and Amos Wilder to Waldo Greene
7 Greene's notes from visits with Irene Wilder
8 Notecards
9 Photographs

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Series III: Writings

The Writings series consists of playbills of many of Wilder's plays, copies of several of the plays including one in Arabic, several articles written by Wilder and typescript copies of Wilder's journal.
Subseries A: Playbills
box folder
3 2 42nd Street
3 The Alcestiad
4 Hello Dolly
5 The Long Christmas Dinner
6 The Matchmaker
7 Plays for Bleeker Street
8 Our Town
9 The Skin of Our Teeth
10 The Unicorn of Big-City Hotels
Subseries B: Plays
box folder
3 11 Love and How To Cure It
12 Matchmaker
box folder
4 1 Our Town
2 The Trumpet Shall Sound
Subseries C: Articles
box folder
4 3 "The Silent Generation," from Current Thinking and Writing
Subseries D: Journals
box folder
4 4-7 Journal of T.N. Wilder - 1st Typing of Manuscript, D.G. Gallup, editor
8 Thornton Wilder Journals, 1939-1961, pages 1-176
box folder
5 1 Thornton Wilder Journals, 1939-1961, pages 177-362
2-4 This Journal

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Series IV: Clippings

The Clippings series consists of clippings that Greene collected during Wilder's life and after his death. Topics range from publication of new work, to openings of plays, to events in Wilder's life.
box folder
5 5 Notes and Clippings pertaining to Thornton Wilder
6 Newspaper Clippings, 1927- 1960's
box folder
6 1 Newspaper Clippings, 1966-1989
2 Newspaper Clippings, 1987-1990
3 Copy of Transcript of CBS Coverage of Wedding of United Kingdom's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, 1981 - mention of Thornton Wilder
box
7-10 Magazines with articles about Thornton Wilder

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Series V: Memorabilia

box
11 Lighter
Drawing and Fabric Swath of Costume for Dolly Levi - Hello Dolly (Hello Dolly was a remake of Wilder's play The Matchmaker.)

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