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Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works, 1959-2005, undated

Series II. Correspondence and Career-Related, 1958-2005, undated

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

A. C. H. Smith:

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



Creator: Smith, A. C. H., 1935-
Title: A. C. H. Smith Papers
Dates: 1958-2005, undated
Abstract: Correspondence, typescript and handwritten drafts, notes, programs, photographs, research, film stills, drawings, and publicity materials document the work of A. C. H. Smith from the late 1950s through the mid-2000s.
Extent: 26 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 galley folder, 1 oversize folder (21.92 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, typescript and handwritten drafts, notes, programs, photographs, research, film stills, drawings, and publicity materials document the work of A. C. H. Smith from the late 1950s through the mid-2000s. The papers are arranged into two series: I. Works, 1959-2005, undated; and II. Correspondence and Career-Related, 1958-2005, undated.

Series I., Works, is divided into two subseries: A. Books, consisting of materials related to his original and novelized works of fiction, and B. Plays and Screenplays, containing his writings for stage and screen. Both subseries are arranged alphabetically by title of work. Most of the manuscripts in this series show the progress of his writing, especially the early, heavily-edited manuscripts which are well represented. Also contained here is correspondence directly related to the publication and production of Smith's novels, plays, and screenplays, as well as letters from fans. Notable are his collaborations with playwright Tom Stoppard, with whom Smith co-wrote the play Albert's Bridge, and with Jim Henson, with whom he novelized the film The Dark Crystal. The series is rounded-out by research notes for his historically-based works such as Wagner, Sebastian the Navigator, and Up the Feeder, Down the Mouth, as well as a small number of play posters.

Series II., Correspondence and Career-Related, consists of the majority of Smith's correspondence from friends and collaborators and is arranged alphabetically by the name of the correspondent. (Correspondence related to specific works and productions is interfiled in Series I.) Smith's correspondence includes letters from a variety of notable artists such as Stoppard, Jim Henson, John Boorman, Malcolm Bradbury, John Cleese, E. M. Forster, Allen Ginsberg, Michael Frayn, Patricia Highsmith, Ted Hughes, Terry Jones, John Le Carré, and others. Copies of interviews and reviews of Smith's works are also contained in this series, as well as two talks he delivered at the Ransom Center in 1994 and 2005.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchases, 2005-2007 (R15361, 16489)

Processed by:

Hope Rider, Monique Daviau, Stephen Cooper, 2007

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Folder List

 

Series I. Works, 1959-2005, undated

Subseries A. Books, 1959-1998, undated
Box Folder
1 The Crowd (novel, 1965)
1 Typed and handwritten manuscript with emendations
2 Handwritten and typed additons and notes
3 Typescript
4 Variant typescript
5 Variant typescript with handwritten notes
6 Correspondence re: Australian film, 1973-1979
The Dangerous Memoir of Citizen Sade (novel, 2000)
7-8 Handwritten and typed notes
Box Folder
2 1 Handwritten and typed notes, continued
2 First handwritten draft, circa 1990-1991
3-4 First typescript
5-6 Second typescript
7 Third typescript, 1998
Box Folder
3 1-2 Proofs with editorial comments, letter from Tom Stoppard
The Dark Crystal (movie novelization, 1982)
3 Screenplay with fragments by David Odell and Jim Henson, 1981
4 Screenplay fragments
5-7 Research materials
Box Folder
4 1 Slides from movie
2 Novelization manuscript
3-4 Typescript and notes from Jim Henson
5 Proofs, "NY Edition," photocopy
6 Correspondence, 1981-1982
* NY typescript with editorial queries and amendments (*removed to oversize box 27)
Dickens of London (biography, ghosted for Wolf Mankowitz, 1976)
7 Handwritten draft
8 Typescript carbon
9 Correspondence, 1975-1976
Box Folder
5 Edward and Mrs. Simpson (television novelization, 1978)
1-7 Teleplays by Simon Raven, episodes 1-7
8 Notes, television show-related material
9 Handwritten manuscript
Box Folder
6 1 Typescript
2 Correspondence, 1977-1982
3 Uncorrected proof
* Galleys (*galleys removed to galley file)
Extra Cover (novel, 1981)
4 Handwritten manuscript
5 Uncorrected proof
6 Correspondence, 1977-1981
7 Gavotte (unfinished novel, 1959), typescript and correspondence
The Jericho Gun (novel, 1977)
8 Notes and research
Box Folder
7 1 Handwritten manuscript
2 Typescript
3 Correspondence and royalty statements, 1976-1979
Labyrinth (movie novelization, 1986)
4-6 Storyboards, photocopies
7 Screenplay, first draft (not by ACHS)
Box Folder
8 1 Screenplay, second draft, 1984
2 Screenplay, third draft
3 Handwritten manuscript and notes (incomplete per ACHS)
4-5 Typescript 2
6-7 Typescript 3
* First typescript with editorial notes (*removed to oversize box 28)
Box Folder
9 1 Page proofs
Lady Jane (movie novelization, 1985)
2 Screenplay
3 Film stills, Tower of London guide
4 Transcript
5 Proofs
6 Correspondence, 1985
Orghast at Persepolis (nonfiction, 1972)
7 Typescript with notes
8 Bound proof with handwritten corrections
Box Folder
10 1 Photographs with book jacket
2 Photographs
3-4 Correspondence, 1972-1980
5 Pencil drawing by Jean Monod
* Set design by Jean Monod (*removed to galley file)
Paper Voices: The Popular Press and Social Change, 1935-1965 (nonfiction, 1975)
Bound typescript
6 Chapters 1-3
7 Chapters 4-5
Box Folder
11 1 Chapters 6-9
2 Chapters 10-12, appendix, bibliography
3 Proofs
4-5 Correspondence, 1969-1977, and royalty statements
Sebastian the Navigator (novel, 1985)
6-7 Research notes
Box Folder
12 1-2 Research notes, continued
3 Handwritten draft
4 Typescript with handwritten corrections
5 Typescript photocopy
6 Typesetting proofs
7 Correspondence, 1982-1985
Box Folder
13 Treatment (novel, 1976)
1 Handwritten manuscript and typed notes
2 Proofs, photocopy
3 Correspondence
Wagner (movie novelization, 1983)
4-6 Screenplay
7 Notes and film stills
8 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
14 1 Typescript
2 Correspondence, 1982-1984
Zero Summer (novel, 1971)
3 Notes and fragments
4-5 Handwritten draft
6 Typescript
7 Correspondence 1969-1972
Box Folder
Subseries B. Plays and Screenplays, 1965-2005
Box Folder
15 Albert's Bridge (play, 1978)
1 Radio script by Tom Stoppard, 1967
2 Screenplay working papers
3 Extended outline screen treatment
4 First draft screenplay with handwritten notes
5 Second draft stage version
6 Third stage version
Albert's Bridge: The Musical (play, 1998)
7-9 Working papers
Box Folder
16 1 Partial draft, May-June 1998
2 Typescript draft, July 1998
3 Typescript draft, October 1998
4 Extended correspondence, 1969-1971, 1978; Edinburgh Festival program
5 Correspondence, 1992-1999
Battle of Britain (play, 1977)
6 Research notes and script fragments
7 Script photocopy; programs
8 The Black Man (play, 1965), program
Breathless Hush (screenplay, 1999)
9 Correspondence and treatment
10 Drafts and shooting scripts
Doctor of Love (play, 2001)
11 First draft, working papers, correspondence with composer
12 Typescript drafts, February/March/May, 2001
13 Typescript draft, 2001
Box Folder
17 1 Typescript drafts, 2003
Don Quixote (unfinished screenplay, 1968)
2 Research
3 Script by Denis Cannan, photocopy, 1968
4 Correspondence, 1968-1970
5 Face Value (play, 1977), scenario; drafts; correspondence
God's Wonderful Railway (play, 1985)
6-8 Research
Box Folder
18 1-5 Research, continued
6 Scenario notes
7 "Drafts & revisions," fragments
Box Folder
19 1 Partial original draft
2 Script copy
3 Script, revised as performed, 1985
4 Correspondence and publicity material, 1985-1986
The Hellfire Club (screenplay, 1995)
5 Treatment, notes, research
6 Typescript
7 Script, second draft
8 Bound script with corrections
Box Folder
20 1-3 Notes, scenario, draft script
4 Correspondence, 1995-1996
5 Masters of Letters (play, 1976), working papers, typescript
Pericles (adapted play, 1987)
6 Research notes, production notes, partial drafts
7 Manuscript of first draft
8 Typescript with handwritten changes
9 Script photocopy with highlighting changes
Box Folder
21 1 Script photocopy
2 "SOS production"
3 Correspondence and publicity materials, 1985-1992
4 "Rewriting Shakespeare" talk, Cheltenham Festival, 1988
* Play posters, Theatre Emory and The Hen and Chicken (*removed to oversize folder)
5 Prostitutes (play, 1976), handwritten and typed drafts
The Redcliffe Hermit (play, 2005)
6-9 Notes, draft fragments
Box Folder
22 1 Notes, draft fragments, continued
2 "First draft," typescript, 2003
3 "Second draft," typescript, 2003
4 Typescript draft
Typescripts
5 November 2003
6 February 2004
7 July 2004
8 November 2004
9 April 2005, corrected typescript
10 July 2005
11 Rehearsal draft, August 2005
12 Rehearsal script, August 2005, notes
Box Folder
23 Up The Feeder, Down the Mouth (play, 2007, 2001)
1-4 Source material
5-7 Research, interviews
Box Folder
24 1 Research, interviews, continued
2 Scenario notes
3-8 Working papers, "1997 chaos"
Box Folder
25 1-4 Working papers, "1997 chaos" continued
5 Fifth draft, partial typescript, March 1997
6-7 "Seventh draft plus," typescript with handwritten changes, April 1997
8 Typescript, "as performed May 1997"
Box Folder
26 1 Typescript, 1999 version
2-3 "Typescript chaos"
4 Typescript draft, September 2001
5 Correspondence, administration, and planning, 1992-1996
6 Correspondence, publicity, miscellaneous, 1997-2001
7 Fan mail and press, 1997-2001
* Play poster, Bristol Old Vic (*removed to oversize folder)

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Series II. Correspondence and Career-Related, 1958-2005, undated

Subseries A. Correspondence, 1958-2005
Box Folder
26 8 A-H, 1958-2000
9 J-W, 1958-2000
10 Stoppard, Tom, 1986-2005
Subseries B. Career-Related, 1971-2005, undated
11 Typescript of talk, February 16, 1994, Ransom Center, on Stoppard, Ghose, and Johnson
12 Typescript of talk, "The Better Maker," February 25, 2005, Ransom Center
13 Reviews and interviews, clippings, 1971-1997, undated
Box
27-28 Oversize materials

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