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George Bernard Shaw:

Photography Collection Literary File at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Harry Ransom Center
Title: Bernard Shaw Literary File
Dates: 1879-1978
Extent: 871 items
Abstract: The Bernard Shaw literary file consists of 871 items including four albums and photographs of various processes, spanning 1879-1978. The majority of images are portraits of Shaw.
Language: English
Access: Open for research

The Bernard Shaw literary file consists of 871 items including four albums and photographs of various processes, spanning 1879-1978. Many are portraits of Shaw. Other individuals represented include his sister Lucy Carr Shaw; actresses Alice Archainbaud, Lynn Fontanne, Wendy Hiller, Vivien Leigh, and Sybil Thorndike; actors Harley Granville-Barker, Alfred Lunt, and Claude Rains; director Anthony Asquith; and Sidney and Beatrice Webb. Many images are of scenes from Shaw's plays produced across Europe and America and film stills from adaptations of Shaw's plays (see list below). There are also images of Shaw's estate in Ayot St. Lawrence and scenes from London, Spain, Italy, and Egypt. Three of the albums were assembled by the Ransom Center in Shaw's original groupings; the fourth was assembled by a Mrs. B. L. Lyle, of the Lyles of Westbourne, and it contains ten images of Shaw, and five images taken by him. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file. Further descriptions are available in a database at the repository.
  • Androcles and the Lion--957:0001:0547, 957:0001:0626-0627
  • Annajanska, The Wild Grand Dutchess--957:0001:0612A-0612B
  • The Apple Cart--957:0001:0578-0588, 957:0001:0598-0600, 957:0001:0609-0610
  • Arms and the Man--957:0001:0149-0153, 957:0001:0310-0315
  • Back to Methuselah--957:0001:0611
  • Buoyant Billions--957:0001:0551
  • Caesar and Cleopatra--957:0001:0157, 957:0001:0182-0183, 957:0001:0411-0415
  • Candida--957:0001:0279-0282
  • Captain Brassbound's Conversion--957:0001:0372
  • The Doctor's Dilemma--957:0001:0394-0402
  • Geneva--957:0001:0403-0405
  • Getting Married--957:0001:0406-0410
  • Great Catherine--957:0051:0001-0006
  • Heartbreak House--957:0001:0189-0205, 957:0001:0226-0234
  • The Inca of Perusalem--957:0001:0148
  • Major Barbara--957:0001:0553-0556
  • Man and Superman--957:0001:0569-0577
  • Man of Destiny--957:0001:0156
  • The Millionairess--957:0001:0302-0309
  • Misalliance--957:0001:0352-0371
  • Mrs. Warren's Profession--957:0001:0132-0139, 957:0001:0284-0287, 957:0001:0345-0347, 957:0050:0001-0003
  • On the Rocks--957:0001:0297-0301, 957:0001:0601-0605
  • The Philanderer--957:0001:0589-0597
  • Pygmalion--957:0001:0499, 957:0001:0557
  • Saint Joan--957:0001:0158, 957:0001:0206-0218, 957:0001:0618
  • The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles--957:0001:0179, 957:0001:0180-0181, 957:0001:0184-0188
  • Too True to be Good--957:0001:0416-0449, 957:0001:0608

The Ransom Center also holds manuscript materials by Bernard Shaw and artworks related to Shaw.