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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Tennessee Williams Plays, ca. 1964-1976

Series II. Williams-Related Materials

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Charles Bowden:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Tennessee Williams in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Bowden, Charles
Title: Charles Bowden Collection of Tennessee Williams
Dates: 1954-2004
Abstract: The Charles Bowden collection contains materials related to Tennessee Williams and his plays. Bowden was the producer for the Broadway production of The Night of the Iguana and he and his wife, the actress Paula Laurence, were personal friends of Williams.
Extent: 5 boxes, 1 oversize folder (2.1 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

The Charles Bowden collection contains materials related to Tennessee Williams and his plays. Bowden was the producer for the Broadway production of The Night of the Iguana and he and his wife, the actress Paula Laurence, were personal friends of Williams. The collection is divided into two series: Series I. Tennessee Williams Plays, ca. 1964-1976; and Series II. Williams-Related Materials.

Series I. contains scripts and some production materials for plays including The Night of the Iguana, an unproduced musical version of Camino Real, and Slapstick Tragedy. Some of these scripts include multiple handwritten and typescript revisions by Williams.

Materials in Series II. include correspondence, clippings, photographs, and programs relating to Williams.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Separated Material

Audio tapes received with this collection were transferred to the Ransom Center's Sound Recordings Collection. Posters, set designs, photographs by Bill Viggiano, and Williams ephemera were transferred to the Performing Arts Collection.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Acquired from Paula Laurence Bowden, 2004 (Gift 12414 and Reg. 15343)

Processed by:

Hope Rider, 2004

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Container List

 

Series I. Tennessee Williams Plays, ca. 1964-1976

Box Folder
1 "El Camino" (musical based on Camino Real, ca. 1976)
Scripts
1 "An Untitled Musical," photocopy, May 1976
2 "El Camino," working title, photocopy
3 Revisions, typescript and handwritten
Casting
4 Actor biographies, clippings, notes
5 Director and design, clippings and correspondence
6 Contracts
7 Correspondence re Larry Arrick and Barbara Damashek arbitration
8 Financial documents
9-10 Production materials, clippings, correspondence
Box Folder
2 1 The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (1964), typescript
2 A House Not Meant to Stand, photocopy, April 27, 1982, Maria St. Just's copy
3 Kingdom of Earth, typescript
4 "The Negative," photocopy of revised typescript
The Night of the Iguana (1963)
5-7 Typescript pages with handwritten revisions
8 Typescript, "Final and approved New York playing version"
Box Folder
3 1 Film script
2 Newspaper clippings and programs
3 Photographs and slides of Iguana-related material
Out Cry (1973), early version titled The Two-Character Play
4 Typescript, July 1971
5 Typescript, August 31, 1971, with handwritten revisions
6 Handwritten revisions
7 Programs
8 Out Cry and Small Craft Warnings (1972), correspondence and clippings
Slapstick Tragedy (1965), includes The Mutilated and The Gnädiges Fräulein
Typescripts
9 "Original submission, April 1964"
10-11 "Rehearsal version, January 17, 1965"
Box Folder
4 1 "Rehearsal version," ca. March 1965
2-3 Pages with handwritten revisions
4 Accounting statements
5 Contracts
6 Production materials and correspondence
7 Summer and Smoke (1972) opera, clippings and program
8 This Is (An Entertainment), photocopy script "Key West, January 1974, first draft"
9 Two Plays (includes I Never Get Dressed Till after Dark on Sundays and The Day on Which a Man Dies), photocopy script ca. 1971

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Series II. Williams-Related Materials

Box Folder
4 10* Awards for The Night of the Iguana [*oversize Drama Critic's Circle Award removed to oversize folder]
Correspondence
11 Bowden, Charles, Maria St. Just, and Tennessee Williams
12 St. Just, Maria, 1983-1993
13 Various correspondents, ca. 1964-1994
Box Folder
5 1 "Five O'Clock Angel" script by Kit Harvey and Maria St. Just, working draft photocopy ca. 1993
2 Leverich, Lyle, materials
3 Photographs, including Charles Bowden, Tennessee Williams, Audrey Wood, Rose Williams, and Maria St. Just
* Poster, "Maria St. Just Remembers Tennessee Williams" [*removed to oversize folder]
4-5 Theatre programs
Williams, Rose
6* Art work [*oversize removed to oversize folder]
7 Documents re. care, finances
8-10 Williams, Tennessee, clippings, correspondence, memorial programs, obituaries

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