||The John Russell Brown Papers consist of business documents, production materials,
typescripts, press releases, clippings and scrapbooks, loose notes and notebooks,
appointment books, photographs and slides, and correspondence. The material is
arranged in five series: I. National Theatre Files, 1962-1988; II. Theater
Productions, 1948-1999; III. Writings, 1955-2002; IV. Professional and Personal
Papers, 1956-2003; and V. Works by Others, 1949-1976, undated.
||Series I. consists of business documents produced by the National Theatre;
correspondence with Peter Hall, other National Theatre staff, and playwrights;
production notes, press releases, and clippings. The materials are in chronological
order, with two additional folders at the end of the series, one containing
production materials for shows staged at London's Institute for Contemporary Art
summer 1975, and one of clippings on the National Theatre and Peter Hall that
predate Brown's employment at the Theatre.
||The materials in Series II. Theater Productions are organized into three subseries.
Subseries A. contains typescripts, notes, and correspondence related to plays
directed by Brown for the National Theatre. Materials related to plays produced
the National Theatre but directed by persons other than Brown are filed in Subseries
B. Subseries C., Other Plays, contains typescripts, production materials, programs,
and correspondence related to specific plays that are outside the date span of
Brown's employment at the National Theatre. In most cases, the theater and date
play was produced are listed in the finding aid; however, no production information
is available for several of the plays in this subseries, and it is possible that
they were never produced. Reviews of Brown's productions, in the form of a scrapbook
and a folder of loose clippings, as well as various production photographs and
slides, are also filed in Subseries C.
||Series III. consists of typescripts, research materials, notes, correspondence, and
publishing agreements related to Brown's writings. Subseries A. contains materials
related to monographs published by Brown. Subseries B. contains materials related
articles, other short pieces, and lecture notes.
||The four subseries in Series IV. Professional and Personal Papers contain materials
related to Brown's professional activities, personal and professional
correspondence, and journals. Printed materials, notes, and correspondence related
to workshops, conferences, exhibits, and other events are located in Subseries
Subseries B., Theaters and Theater Organizations, contains documentation of the
planning and construction of the University of Michigan's Arthur Miller Theatre,
correspondence and organizational documents from Brown's work on the Arts Council
Great Britain and the advisory council for the Victoria and Albert Museum's Theatre
Museum, and materials related to the Theatre Writer's Union. Incoming correspondence
files are located in Subseries C., as is a small amount of outgoing correspondence
to Brown's wife, Hilary Subseries D. contains Brown's daily appointment books,
journals, and other notebooks. Brown's curriculum vitae and papers related to
academic appointments are located in Subseries E., Other Personal and Professional
||Series V. Works by Others contains typescripts and manuscripts collected by Brown.
Brown apparently had no professional involvement in the play and television scripts
located in this series, and they may have been unsolicited submissions or scripts
passed on to him by colleagues or friends. Included in the series are typescripts
from Edward Bond, Howard Brenton, Marguerite Duras, Geoffrey Hill, and David Mamet.
||A typescript of a work by another author is restricted from access until 2050 at John
Russell Brown's request.
||An index of selected correspondents is located at the end of the finding aid. Among
the notable correspondents represented in the collection are writers Edward Albee,
Samuel Beckett, Howard Brenton, Alan Drury, John Fowles, Michael Frayn, Athol
Fugard, Geoffrey Hill, John Osborne, Harold Pinter, C. H. Sisson, Tom Stoppard,
William Trevor, and Arnold Wesker; agent Margaret "Peggy" Ramsay; writer and actor Wallace Shawn; and actress Diana Rigg.