||This addition to the papers of British playwright Arnold Wesker complements and
expands the accessions already received at the Ransom Center. Although they do
contain new works, the papers do provide some important drafts of existing plays,
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
||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;
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
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
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,
well as other works of well-known writers such as Doris Lessing. Also present
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.