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Richard Heron Ward:

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

Creator: Ward, Richard Heron, 1910-1969
Title: Richard Heron Ward Collection
Dates: 1910-1969
Extent: 24 Boxes
Abstract: The collection contains holograph, typescritpt, and published versions of many of this actor and producer's novels, plays, essays, lectures, BBC broadcasts, articles, poems, verse, and reviews. Correspondence also found in the collection documents Ward's participation in the Peace Pledge Union, BBC Home Service, and Religious Drama Society.
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Reg. no. 13192

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 1995

Repository:

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin


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. Of 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 been 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.