This collection reflects the varied landscape of Richard
Heron Ward's writings, dating from the early 1930s through late 1960s,
including novels, plays, essays, lectures, BBC broadcasts, articles, poems,
verse, and reviews. Ward's life in the theater as an actor and producer, as
well as founder and director of the Adelphi Theatre, is chronicled in his
correspondence and works written for and about the theater. In addition, ample
correspondence exists related to his activity in the Peace Pledge Union, BBC
Home Service, and Religious Drama Society.
Ward's works are arranged alphabetically by title with his
prominent works of a folder or more listed individually on the folder list.
particular interest is the combined presence of holograph, typescript, and
published versions of many of these titles. His smaller works are not foldered
separately but are subsumed in alphabetical groupings, interfiled with his
longer works. Following this alphabetical arrangement are Ward's poetry, verse,
book and play reviews, manuscript fragments and notes, and contracts. In
addition, some of his earliest writings are represented in his class
assignments from Stowe School which provide a glimpse at his creative, young
mind. Given the continuity of this collection, Ward's writings can be followed
from his childhood through adult life.
His correspondence, both personal and professional in nature,
remains in unmarked folders as received. While no organizational order has
imposed at this juncture, the correspondence does date from his days at Stowe
School in the late 1920s through the years just prior to his death in 1969.