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Alfred S. Shivers:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Maxwell Anderson Research Materials at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Shivers, Alfred S., 1929-
Title: Alfred S. Shivers Collection of Maxwell Anderson Research Materials
Dates: 1970s-1980s
Extent: 4 boxes (1.68 linear feet)
Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence, personal papers, family memoirs, photographs, and transcripts of interviews with Anderson and with Anderson's family and friends compiled by Professor Shivers for his three bio-bibliographical works on the playwright.
Availability:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Purchase, 2000 (Reg. no.14804)

Accessioned by:

Liz Murray, 2001

Repository:

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin


This collection of research material on American playwright Maxwell Anderson was compiled by Prof. Alfred S. Shivers of Stephen F. Austin State University in preparing his three bio-bibliographical works on Anderson. The collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Correspondence, Series II. Research Material, and Series III. Transcripts of Interviews.

The correspondence in Series I. consists primarily of Anderson's immediate and extended family members, as well as his former students and theater colleagues. Series II. contains research material, listed in the order in which Shivers arranged the folders. Included are personal papers, family memoirs, photographs, and Anderson's 1956 oral history interview. The last series contains transcripts of interviews with family members and friend Lotte Lenya, among others.

Interview tapes and a video tape of Anderson's home movies, received with the collection, have been transferred to the Ransom Center's Sound Recordings and Photography and Film Department respectively.