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Arnold Wesker:

A Preliminary Inventory of an Addition to His Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Wesker, Arnold, 1932-
Title: Addition to the Arnold Wesker Papers
Dates: 1958-2001
Extent: 28 boxes, 1 oversize box (13.52 linear feet)
Abstract: This addition to the papers of British playwright Arnold Wesker complements and expands the accessions already received at the Ransom Center. Although they do not contain new works, the papers do provide some important drafts of existing plays, as well as additional material in virtually every subject category.
Language: English
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Purchase, 2000 (Reg. no. 14620.3)

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 2004

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center


This addition to the papers of British playwright Arnold Wesker complements and expands the accessions already received at the Ransom Center. Although they do not contain new works, the papers do provide some important drafts of existing plays, as well as additional material in virtually every subject category. So too, the date span includes a fifty year period from the onset of Wesker's professional career to the near present.

Following the arrangement of the previous preliminary inventory, this material is organized in five series: Series I. Works and Related Material, 1960-1995; Series II. Career Related; Series III. Correspondence, 1966-2001; Series IV. Personal; and Series V. Works of Others.

Series I. Works and Related Material contains manuscript and associated material for produced and unproduced works, primarily stage plays. Of particular interest is the original handwritten manuscript and first corrected draft for Chips with Everything, as well as additional drafts of Shylock. Some material for film and television is also included; however, no titles beyond 1995 are present.

The Career Related series consists of Subseries A. Events, Subseries B. Organizations, and Subseries C. Early Writings and Journalism. The events in Subseries A include addresses, lectures, readings, speeches, radio presentations, tributes, conferences, and festivals from 1958-1997. Organizations are represented in Subseries B, especially correspondence and related material for Centre 42 and Roundhouse from 1960-1968. Subseries C provides additional writings and journalism in the form of articles, essays, contributions to other works, letters to the editor, poetry, reviews, and short stories from 1958-1998.

The correspondence in Series III dates from 1966-2001 and includes general correspondence, as well as letters from individuals such as Brenda Bruce, Francesca Pollard, Connie Ricono, and Walt-Christopher Stickney.

Series IV. Personal contains articles about Wesker, biographical information, daily calendars, family and financial papers, and interviews, as well as theses, dissertations, and research projects on Wesker's plays.

The works of others in Series V consist of plays sent to Wesker for his comment, as well as other works of well-known writers such as Doris Lessing. Also present are various writings of Wesker's brother-in-law, Ralph Saltiel.

The collection is in good physical condition with the exception of several items which have incurred mold damage.


Books and sound recordings received with this accession have been transferred to appropriate departments with in the Ransom Center.