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John Van Druten papers

Title
John Van Druten papers, 1901-1957.
Author
Van Druten, John, 1901-1957.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1958-002 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1958-002 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1958-002 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1958-002 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1958-002 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1958-002 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1958-002 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1958-002 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
2 lin. ft. (8 boxes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Diaries.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Scripts.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Douglas Ebersole and Carter Lodge
Biography (note)
  • John Van Druten, writer and director, was born in London in 1901.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1958-002
Author
Van Druten, John, 1901-1957.
Title
John Van Druten papers, 1901-1957.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The John Van Druten papers consist of diaries, correspondence, writings, scrapbooks and ephemera documenting his life and career. The papers span the years 1901-1957 and give excellent insight into Van Druten's creative processes. Missing from the collection are scripts of his most well-known works. There are however, scripts for some plays including AWAKENING, CHANCE ACQUAINTAINCE, DANCING IN THE CHECKERED SHADE, THE RETURN HALF and SOLITAIRE. The papers also include many other literary forms: essays, parodies and poetry all written by Van Druten.
Biography
John Van Druten, writer and director, was born in London in 1901. Though interested in becoming a writer, he studied law and qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature. He did not pursue a legal career, however and took a teaching position at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. During this period Van Druten continued to write and in 1925 he wrote his first successful play YOUNG WOODLEY. This marked the beginning of his literary career and the end of his life in academia. Van Druten was especially skilled as a writer of stage plays. Among his most popular works are: I AM A CAMERA; BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE; I REMEMBER MAMA and THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE. As a director he gained acclaim for the Broadway production of THE KING AND I. He died in 1957.
Local Note
Some materials in this collection previously cataloged as MWEZ+ n.c. 9752-9754; 19235; 19482; 19652.
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Van Druten, John, 1901-1957. Awakening.
Van Druten, John, 1901-1957. Chance acquaintaince.
Van Druten, John, 1901-1957. Dancing in the checkered shade.
Van Druten, John, 1901-1957. Return half.
Van Druten, John, 1901-1957. Solitaire.
Van Druten, John, 1901-1957. Warden.
Brooke, Jocelyn.
Evans, Maurice, 1901-1989.
Hassall, Christopher, 1912-1963.
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.
Irwin, Margaret, -1967.
Lawrence, Gertrude.
Nesbitt, Cathleen, 1888-1982.
Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984.
Robson, Flora, 1902-1984.
Savoir, Alfred, 1883-1934.
Sullavan, Margaret, 1909-1960.
Thorndike, Sybil, Dame, 1882-1976.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1958-002
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