||This collection of Terrence McNally's papers includes all his major works for stage,
screen, and television, as well as unproduced works, correspondence, and career-related
material. McNally's achievements include numerous plays, operas, and musicals such
as Corpus Christi; Dead Man Walking; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Full Monty; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Master Class; A Perfect Ganesh; Ragtime; The Rink; The Ritz; and The Visit. His collaborations
with John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Jake Heggie, as well as his long-time association
Manhattan Theatre Club, have been particularly productive and rewarding. Early in
he was the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships, followed by numerous awards, including
four Tony Awards, an Emmy Award for "Andre's Mother," and Drama
Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards, among others. McNally's generous gift of his papers
Ransom Center incorporates material previously held at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
all, the collection dates from McNally's high school years through 2002.
||The collection is organized in three series: I. Works; II. Career-Related and Personal;
III. Works of Others.
||The works in Series I are arranged alphabetically by title. Unless described otherwise,
works are stage plays. Within titles, scripts are presented in order of creation,
by correspondence, posters, production photographs, programs, and reviews. Translations
international productions are grouped separately, under each title.
||The Career-Related and Personal material in Series II includes articles by and about
McNally, awards, correspondence, interviews, papers and notes from high school and
years, and photographs, including an early series by Richard Avendon. Correspondence
arranged chronologically from 1955 to 2002. McNally's many public appearances, including
benefit performances, conferences, lectures, speeches, tributes, and memorials, are
well-represented. His love of the opera is reflected in the opera-related projects
writings including his long-standing participation in the Metropolitan Opera Radio
"Opera News on the Air," as well as articles written on the
||Series III contains articles and programs collected by McNally but not directly related
his work, as well as writings by Tom Bywaters, Steven Lyons, and Royce Ryton.
||Numerous books, serials, audio tapes, videos, compact discs, and memorabilia received
the papers were transferred to appropriate departments within the Ransom Center.