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Charles Bowden:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Tennessee Williams in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Bowden, Charles
Title: Charles Bowden Collection of Tennessee Williams
Dates: 1954-2004
Extent: 5 boxes, 1 oversize folder (2.1 linear feet)
Abstract: The Charles Bowden collection contains materials related to Tennessee Williams and his plays. Bowden was the producer for the Broadway production of The Night of the Iguana and he and his wife, the actress Paula Laurence, were personal friends of Williams.
Language: English
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Acquired from Paula Laurence Bowden, 2004 (Gift 12414 and Reg. 15343)

Processed by:

Hope Rider, 2004

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center


The Charles Bowden collection contains materials related to Tennessee Williams and his plays. Bowden was the producer for the Broadway production of The Night of the Iguana and he and his wife, the actress Paula Laurence, were personal friends of Williams. The collection is divided into two series: Series I. Tennessee Williams Plays, ca. 1964-1976; and Series II. Williams-Related Materials.

Series I. contains scripts and some production materials for plays including The Night of the Iguana, an unproduced musical version of Camino Real, and Slapstick Tragedy. Some of these scripts include multiple handwritten and typescript revisions by Williams.

Materials in Series II. include correspondence, clippings, photographs, and programs relating to Williams.


Audio tapes received with this collection were transferred to the Ransom Center's Sound Recordings Collection. Posters, set designs, photographs by Bill Viggiano, and Williams ephemera were transferred to the Performing Arts Collection.