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Restrictions

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Correspondence, 1910-1976

Series II. Theater Papers, 1899-1976

Series III. Miscellaneous, 1893-1976

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Edith Evans, 1888-1976

A Preliminary Inventory of her Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Evans, Edith, 1888-1976
Title: Edith Evans Papers
Dates: 1893-1976 (bulk 1912-1956)
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-0127
Extent: 21 document boxes, 1 oversize box, 10 bound volumes (11.00 linear feet)
Language: English
Note: This brief collection description is a preliminary inventory. The collection is not fully processed or cataloged; no biographical sketch, descriptions of series, or indexes are available in this inventory.
Repository: Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

One of the finest actresses of her time, Edith Evans began her career as a milliner in London before making her first stage appearance as an amateur under William Poel's direction. Subsequently she toured with Ellen Terry as a professional actress. She joined the Old Vic Company for the 1925-26 season where her roles included Portia, Rosalind, Beatrice, and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. Outstanding parts in her distinguished stage and film career were in The Way of the World (1924), The Chalk Garden (1964), and The Whisperers (1967); she portrayed her most famous role, Lady Bracknell in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, on stage in 1939 and on film in 1952. In 1946 she was made D.B.E. Evans gave her last stage performance at the age of 85 in a one-woman show at the Haymarket, "Edith Evans ... and Friends."

The bulk of the Edith Evans Papers consists of correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks, and performance-related materials such as rehearsal copies of playscripts. The papers are arranged in three series: I. Correspondence, 1910-1976 (5.5 boxes), II. Theater Papers, 1899-1976 (15 boxes, 10 bound volumes), and III. Miscellaneous, 1893-1976 (1.5 boxes). Within each series, materials are arranged alphabetically by title or subject, with some materials further sorted chronologically.

The Correspondence series consists of incoming correspondence from Evan's husband, Guy Booth, her parents, and from Margot Asquith, Enid Bagnold, Noel Coward, John Gielgud, Katharine Hepburn, George Moore, Terence Rattigan, George Bernard Shaw, Edith Sitwell, Ellen Terry, Sybil Thorndike, and Thornton Wilder, among others. Also included is an index of correspondents, perhaps compiled by Evans' biographer Bryan Forbes.

The Theater Papers series is divided into four subseries. Subseries A. Performance Texts and Works, 1937-1973, contains marked rehearsal copies, presentation copies, and typescripts for stage and film projects, poems, radio broadcasts, and works by Evans. The Publicity Materials subseries, 1899-1976, consists chiefly of photographs, programs, clippings, and scrapbooks of press cuttings. Nearly all of these materials pertain to performances by Evans. Item-level descriptions of the newspaper and magazine clippings are available in the Theatre Arts card catalog, and separate item-level lists of the newspaper clippings and the assorted poems and play excerpts are also available. Subseries C. Administrative and Financial Records, 1920-1971, includes weekly financial summaries for The Chalk Garden and The Millionairess as well as contracts and lists of tour dates and production personnel for other productions. The Sponsorship of Others subseries, 1952-1968, contains materials related to Evans' charitable activities, nearly all of which supported theater professionals.

The Miscellaneous Series, 1893-1976, includes papers of the Evans and Booth families, Evans' honorary degrees, and other materials collected by Evans. Although the material in this series is not directly related to Evans' work as an actor, much of it is of a theatrical nature, e.g., theater programs for performances attended by Evans.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Related Material

The Ransom Center also holds Henry Hurford Janes' Collection of Edith Evans.

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Separated Material

One film strip was transferred to the Film Collection in 2006.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 1980 (R8980)

Processed by:

Helen Adair, 2001-2002

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Container List

 

Series I. Correspondence, 1910-1976

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1.1 Index of letters
Chronological files
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1.2 1910-1919
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1.3 1920-1929
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1.4 1930-1939
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1.5 1940-1944
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2.1 1945-1949
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2.2 1950-1952
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2.3 1953
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2.4 1954
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3.1 1955-1959
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3.2 1960-1965
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3.3 1966-1969
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3.4 1970-1972
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4.1 1973-1974
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4.2 1975-1976
Subject files
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4.3 Bagnold, Enid
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4.4 Beaumont, Hugh
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5.1-3 Booth, George
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5.4 Coward, Noel
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5.5 Evans, Edward, 1936
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5.6 Evans, Edward and Caroline, 1930-1935
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6.1 Fry, Christopher
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6.2 Gielgud, John
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6.3 Gordon, Ruth
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6.4 Moore, George
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6.5 Olivier, Laurence
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6.6 Shaw, George Bernard
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6.7 Terry, Ellen
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6.8 Thorndyke, Sybil, and Lewis Casson
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6.9 Wilson, Judith

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Series II. Theater Papers, 1899-1976

Subseries A. Performance Texts and Works, 1937-1973
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6.10 Berkeley, Reginald. Woman Power. Rehearsal copy, undated
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6.11 Davidson, Eric. Max. Rehearsal copy, undated
Evans, Edith
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6.12 Calling South Africa, "The First Night of Macbeth in London." Typescript, 1942
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6.13 Home Service, "Calling All Women" and "A Homely Christmas: A Talk by Edith Evans." Typescripts with corrections, 1940
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6.14 The Long View, "No. 44 The Responsibility of the Actor." Typescript with corrections, 1954
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6.15 Overseas North America Transmission, "Democracy Marches." Typescripts, one with corrections, 1940
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7.1 Farjeon, Herbert. Diversion,, "Prologue,"  "The Hop- Picker," and "The Hop-Picker Returns." Typescripts, some with corrections and annotations, circa 1940
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7.2 Fleming, Tom."So That Was Spring . . .": First Poems in Scots and English. Typescript, undated
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7.3 Hodge, Merton. My Life in the Theatre , "No. 2 Edith Evans." Rehearsal copies, 1941
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7.4 Lenthall, Ben, after Edith Sitwell. English Eccentrics and Eccentricities, "No. 1 Charles Waterton." Typescript, undated
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7.5 Mérimée, Prosper. The Coach. Rehearsal copy, undated
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7.6 Murdoch, Helen, and Ethel McCracken. Alan and the King's Daughter. Typescript with annotations, circa 1969
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7.7 Nichols, Wallace. Madame Letizia. Typescript, undated
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7.8 Rasky, Harold. Upon This Road: The Drama of the Building of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Presentation copy, 1969
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7.9 Shaw, George Bernard. "He Calls Her Unscrupulous." Typescript with annotations, undated
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7.10 Wilder, Thornton. The Merchant of Yonkers. Presentation copy, 1938
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7.11 Williamson, Hugh Ross. Queen Elizabeth (author's note). Typescript, 1946
Unidentified authors
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7.12 "Careless Talk." Typescript, undated
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8.1 Journey's End in Lovers' Meeting . . . Will Shakespeare. Typescript, undated
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8.2 Monteverdi in the Golden Age. Typescript with annotations, 1967
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8.3 "Oh Madam." Typescript, undated
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8.4 "Please, Captain Eversleigh." Typescript, undated
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8.5 St. John Ervine: A Programme for His 80th Birthday. Typescript, 1963
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8.6 With Great Pleasure. Rehearsal copy, undated
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8.7 Woman of Action. Typescript, 1973
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8.8-12 Unprocessed--see catalog cards 6.1.22-6.1.82
Miscellaneous
Assorted poems and excerpts from plays. Typescripts, some with annotations, 1937-1964, undated
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8.13 A-I
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9.1 L-Y
Interviews (live)
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9.2 With Gilbert Harding. Typescript with annotations, (1948)
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9.3 With Gerry Wilmot. Typescript, undated
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9.4 Mayfair (London), advertisement for television program hosted by Richard Dimbleby. Rehearsal copies, 1955
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9.5 The Midsummer Banquet, reply to the Lord Mayor's toast. Typescript with corrections, 1970
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9.6 Shakespeare, radio (?) program. Typescript fragments, 1937 (?)
Subseries B. Publicity Materials, 1899-1976
Photographs
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9.7 Personal photograph, undated
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9.8 Production photographs, with order list, undated
Programs, leaflets, fliers, brochures, and souvenir menus
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9.9 Fully staged productions, A-Z, 1912-19(71), undated
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9.10* Recitals and other dramatic performances, 1932-1973, undated (*oversize materials removed to box 22)
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9.11 Speeches and nontheatrical appearances, 1952-1968
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9.12 Composite "program" for the Phoenix Theatre pasted into a greeting card, 1965
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9.13 Russian theater programs, 1948
Clippings
From newspapers
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9.14-24 1912-1924
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10.1-67 1925-1927
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11.1-84 1927-1933
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12.1-73 1933
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13.1-86 1933-1934
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14.1-84 1934-1935
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15.1-79 1935-1936
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16.1-79 1936-1937
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17.1-47 1937-1976
From magazines
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17.48-71 1919-1927
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18.1-64 1927-1935
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19.1-76 1935-1970
Scrapbooks
Evans' press cuttings
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bv 1 1922-1925
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bv 2 1929
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bv 3 1929-1931
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bv 4 1931-1932
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bv 5 1932
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bv 6 1948-1954
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bv 7 1954-1956
Clippings from The Play Pictorial
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bv 8 1899-1907 (with two souvenir programs)
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bv 9 1902-1905
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bv 10 London programs, 1927-1929
Miscellaneous
Articles about Edith Evans
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20.1 Re trip to Russia, typescripts with corrections and annotations, 1948
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20.2 Other articles, typescripts with corrections, circa 1948-circa 1960
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20.3 Celebrity Bulletin, 1950
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20.4 Gordine, Dora, exhibition catalog of works by, 1938
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20.5 Newspapers in London, list of addresses, undated
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20.6 "This I Believe," guest lists, undated
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20.7 Who's Who in the Theatre, galley proof, undated
Subseries C. Administrative and Financial Records, 1920-1971
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20.8 B.B.C., contracts and entry pass, 1941-1949
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20.9 The Chalk Garden (stage production), daily returns and weekly financial summaries, 1956
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20.10 The Chalk Garden (film), Box Office Blue Ribbon Award, 1964
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20.11 Daphne Laureola, list of theaters and dates for tour, (1950?)
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20.12 Dear Antoine, list of actors and understudies, (1971)
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20.13 E.N.S.A., lists of payments, 1974-1945
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20.14 A Garden of Cucumbers, contract, 1966
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20.15 Journal of expenses, 1965
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20.16 The Last Days of Dolwyn, list of production personnel, 1948
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20.17 The Millionairess, weekly financial summaries, 1940
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20.18 Old Acquaintance, list of theaters and dates for tour, 1942
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20.19 Screen Actors Guild, membership card and receipt, 1966
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20.20 Tennent Plays Ltd. and Tennent Productions Ltd., report, 1950
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20.21 Unused standard contracts, 1920-1952
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20.22 Wardrobe trunk list and assorted papers, 1950-1955, undated
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20.23 Waters of the Moon, check stubs, 1952-1953
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20.24 West Coast Motion Picture, list of clients, 1970
Subseries D. Sponsorship of Others, 1952-1968
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20.25 Ellen Terry Fellowship, minutes, 1954
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20.26 James Bridie Memorial Fund, leaflet, 1952
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20.27 King George's Pension Fund for Actors and Actresses, schedule for royal visit, 1955
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22 Shakespeare Theatre Trust, certificate, 1968
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20.28 Stewart Headlam Shakespeare Association, executive committee report, prize-winning essay, and fliers, 1955, undated
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20.29 Third Foundation for Women in the University of Cambridge, leaflets, 1954
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20.30 William Poel Centenary Committee, program and fliers, budgets and accounts, and minutes, 1952
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20.31 Winston Churchill 80th Birthday Presentation Fund, flier, [1954]

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Series III. Miscellaneous, 1893-1976

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20.32 Books belonging to Edith Evans, list of, undated
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20.33 Dinner parties, souvenir menus and seating charts for, 1945-1969
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20.34* Evans/Booth/Foster families, legal documents, 1893-1963 (*oversize materials removed to box 22)
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20.35 Funerals and religious services, programs for, 1948-1973
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20.36* Honorary degrees, programs and assorted papers, 1950-1968 (*oversize materials removed to box 22)
Personal
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20.37 George Booth, assorted papers, 1925
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21.1 Edith Evans, assorted papers, 1934-1976, undated
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22 Sheet music, 1927-1960
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21.2 Theater programs and fliers, 1951-1973, undated
Theatrical organizations
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21.3 Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, financial statement and annual audits, 1953-1954
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21.4 Other organizations, brochures, leaflets, and fliers, undated

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