University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Maxwell Anderson:

An Inventory of His Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959
Title: Maxwell Anderson Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: Mid-19th-mid-20th century
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02674
Extent: 1,492 items
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Maxwell Anderson Literary File consists of 1,492 items (674 photographs and safety negatives, 818 nitrate negatives, 2 drawings). Identified subjects include Maxwell Anderson and his family (parents, siblings, wives, daughter, aunt, and uncle), Judith Anderson, Robert Anderson, Beth and Wilbur Babb, Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Jessie Farhe Beels, Barbara Bel Geddes, Edwin Booth, Alice Brady, Pamela Brown, Bunny Caniff, Ralph Gordon Chambers, Lee J. Cobb, Katharine Cornell, Victor de Palma, Mildred Dunnock, Florence Eldridge, Maurice Evans, Jose Ferrer, Mel Ferrer, Lynn Fontanne, Edwin Forrest, Gertrud Fridh, Ben Gazzara, John Gielgud, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Uno Henning, Audrey Hepburn, Pat Hingle, William Inge, Arthur Kennedy, Alfred Lunt, Frederic March, Raymond Massey, Charles Mendick, Arthur Miller, Cameron Mitchell, James Monks, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Clifford Odets, Eugene O'Neill, Eddie O'Shea, Alan Paton, John Patrick, David Pressman, William Prince, Elmer Rice, Martin Ritt, William Saroyan, Bengt Schott, Madeleine Sherwood, Robert E. Sherwood, Lawrence Stallings, Hans Straat, Folke Sundquist, Gunn Wallgren, Olaf Wallgren, Kurt Weill, Orson Welles, Thornton Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. An index at the end of this guide lists all photographers whose work is featured in this collection.

Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This collection forms a part of the Literary File Photography Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.



Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.

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Restrictions on Use

Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Centers' Open Access and Use Policies.

Related Material

Related materials are located in the Center's Maxwell Anderson Papers (MS-00089) and Alfred S. Shivers Collection of Maxwell Anderson Research Materials (MS-04875).

Administrative Information


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Item List

Anderson, M., Lit File Box 1 Loose prints and negatives, 19th-20th century.
Anderson, M., Lit File Box 2 Loose prints and negatives, 19th-20th century.
Anderson, M., Lit File Box 3 Loose prints and negatives, 19th-20th century.
Anderson, M., Lit File Box 4 Loose prints and negatives, 19th-20th century.
Anderson, M., Lit File Box 5 Loose prints and negatives (981:0070:0017-0022 are color negatives), 19th-20th century.
Lit File OV Box, Small Six pages from a family photo album, on which are mounted 46 various snapshots; Anderson appears in 5 of the photos, 19th-20th century.
Lit File OV Box, Medium Portrait of a middle-aged Anderson, 20th century.
Anderson, M., Lit File Album 1 Unpublished album containing 80 photographic prints, dated 1893-1948, of Anderson and his family and friends, including Kurt Weill and Ingrid Bergman, 1893-1948.
Anderson, M., Lit File Album 2 Unpublished album containing 157 items (155 photographic prints, 2 small drawings) which document the Andersons' arrival in Athens, Greece, and their sightseeing in Athens, Corinth, Crete, etc., 20th century.
Anderson, M., Lit File Album 3 Unpublished album containing 6 photographic prints from a stage production of Anderson's Winterset. The photographs are mounted in a spiral-bound album with "National Theater Athens - Greece" printed on the cover, and "Winterset / Maxwell Anderson, winter 1945-46;" printed on the title page, 1945-1946.
Cold storage Lit File Boxes Nitrate negatives, 19th-20th century.
816 negatives for snapshots of people, 19th-20th century.

Index of Photographers

  • Berg, J. (Jacob), b. 1861/2--P93
  • Blackstone Studios--P72
  • Blechman, Marcus--997:0049:0007
  • Eider, P. L.--P97
  • Freelance Photographers Guild--P70
  • Goldberg, Maurice--997:0049:0013-0014
  • Graybill, photographer--997:0049:0011
  • Hartsook--P1, P99
  • Hoffman, Bernard, 1913-1979--P79-P83
  • Homolka, Florence--P3-P4, P11
  • J. K. Stevens & Son--P94
  • L. V. K. (Edinboro, Pa.)--987:0070:0012
  • Lee Bros., photographers--P2A-P2B, P98
  • Maaland-Eide--P92
  • Morris, Mary, photographer--P22
  • Offner, Mortimer-997:0049:0012
  • Phillipson (Souris, N.D.)--P91
  • Pinchot, Ben--P5A-P5B, P6
  • Ross, W. B.--P42
  • Seele, Don, photographer--P8
  • Shafer (New Hampton, Iowa)--987:0070:0016
  • Shelburne Studios--P46
  • Talbot Studios--P107A-P107D
  • Tripp, Desmond--P132-P134
  • Underwood & Underwood--P2
  • Vandamm Studio--P7A, P160; 987:0070:0015; 997:0049:0001-0004
  • Willett Art Studios--P108