||This collection of Terrence McNally's papers includes all his major works for stage,
screen, and television, as well as unproduced works, correspondence, and
career-related material. McNally's achievements include numerous plays, operas,
musicals such as Corpus Christi; Dead Man Walking; Frankie and
Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Full
Monty; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The
Lisbon Traviata; Love! Valour!
Compassion!; Master Class; A Perfect Ganesh; Ragtime; The Rink; The Ritz; and The Visit. His
collaborations with John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Jake Heggie, as well as his long-time
association with the Manhattan Theatre Club, have been particularly productive
rewarding. Early in his career he was the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships,
followed by numerous awards, including four Tony Awards, an Emmy Award for "Andre's Mother," and Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel
Awards, among others. McNally's generous gift of his papers to the Ransom Center
incorporates material previously held at the Wisconsin Historical Society. In
the collection dates from McNally's high school years through the present.
||The collection is organized in three series: I. Works; II. Career-Related and
Personal; and III. Works of Others.
||The works in Series I are arranged alphabetically by title. Unless described
otherwise, the works are stage plays. Within titles, scripts are presented in
of creation, followed by correspondence, posters, production photographs, programs,
and reviews. Translations and international productions are grouped separately,
under each title.
||The Career-Related and Personal material in Series II includes articles by and about
McNally, awards, correspondence, interviews, papers and notes from high school
college years, and photographs, including an early series by Richard Avendon.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically from 1955-2002. McNally's many public
appearances, including benefit performances, conferences, lectures, speeches,
tributes, and memorials, are also well-represented. His love of the opera is
reflected in the opera-related projects and writings including his long-standing
participation in the Metropolitan Opera Radio Network's "Opera News on the Air," as well as articles written on the subject.
||Series III contains articles and programs collected by McNally but not directly
related to his work, as well as writings by Tom Bywaters, Steven Lyons, and Royce
||Numerous books, serials, audio tapes, videos, compact discs, and memorabilia received
with the papers have been transferred to appropriate departments within the Ransom