Sophie Treadwell papers, 1905-1969

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Sophie Treadwell papers, 1905-1969

MS 124


Collection Summary

Creator: Treadwell, Sophie, 1890-1970
Collection Name:Papers of Sophie Treadwell,
Inclusive Dates: 1905-1969
Physical Description:11.25 linear feet
Abstract:Collection of typescript manuscripts, both published and unpublished; chiefly plays, but also novels, articles, stories, and television scripts. Several versions of each play are present. Also included is correspondence, copyrights, lectures, clippings, photographs of Treadwell, and travel diaries.
Collection Number:MS 124
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Biographical Note

American journalist, playwright, and author.


Scope and Content Note

Collection of typescript manuscripts, both published and unpublished; chiefly plays, but also novels, articles, stories, and television scripts. Several versions of each play are present. Also included is correspondence, copyrights, lectures, clippings, photographs of Treadwell, and travel diaries. Correspondents include friends, literary agents, producers, actors, actresses, and scene designers. Ephemera consists of travel brochures, postcards, a few watercolors, and two etchings of Austrian buildings.

Most of the manuscripts in this collection were undated. Whenever a copyright date could be located, it was used, even though the particular play or novel might obviously have been written several years earlier.

In general, correspondence - including that with producer Arthur Hopkins - has been place with related manuscripts whenever possible. Exceptions have been made in the case of the various literary agents who handled a variety of scripts, and in the segregation of extensive correspondence with certain individuals. Files in Box 1 have many references to separately-boxed plays and novels.

Most materials are English with a small amount in Spanish and German.


Organization

This collection is organized into three series.

Restrictions

Restrictions

None.

Copyright

Copyright of the Treadwell works is assigned to the Diocese of Tucson. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Treadwell, Sophie, 1885-1970 -- Archives

Subject(s)
Actors -- United States -- Correspondence
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Sources
Drama -- 20th century -- Stories, plots, etc. -- Sources
Manuscripts, American
Television plays, American -- Sources
Theater -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources
Women dramatists, American -- Sources

Genre Form(s)
Correspondence
Dialogues
Diaries
Manuscripts
Photographs


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Sophie Treadwell papers(MS 124). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Series I: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Items, 1928-1969
Correspondence; Copyright, 1928-1969
boxfolder
11 Correspondence: Lawyer M. L. Malevinsky (regarding various plays; for legal matters, see following file). , 1931
12 Correspondence: Agent Adrienne Morrison, Pinker & Son. , 1931-1939
13 Correspondence: Agent Miriam Howell. , 1947-1954
14 Correspondence: Agent Helen Harvey. , 1951-1954
15 Correspondence: Agent Phyllis Anderson. , 1952-1954
16 Correspondence: Agent John Gibbs Agency. , 1953
17 Correspondence: Agent Leah Salisbury. , 1953-1959
18 Correspondence: Agent Lucy Kroll. , 1954-1955
19 Correspondence: Terese Hayden. , 1943, 1953-1955
110 Correspondence: Zita Johann. , 1928-1937?
111 Correspondence: Robert Edmond Jones. , 1937-1945
112 Correspondence: Alexander Koiransky. , 1928?-1953?
113 Correspondence: Abby Mann, etc. , 1951-1954
114 Correspondence: Donald Oenslager. , 1937-1953
115 Correspondence: Lawrence Langner, Theresa Helburn, Theatre Guild. (Includes correspondence regarding television versions of various plays). , 1945, 1953-1954
116 Correspondence: Wisconsin Center for Theatre Research. , 1962-1963
117 Correspondence: Miscellaneous.
118 Correspondence: Book Orders and Subscriptions. , 1963-1969
119 Correspondence: Property in California.
120 Correspondence: Property in California, "The Beverly Dream." , 1940
121 Copyrights.
Articles, Trips, Miscellaneous, 1924-1949
boxfolder
21 Miscellaneous Personal Items, including Photographs.
22 Articles on Mexico for New York Herald Tribune. , 1924
23 Articles on Mexico for New York Herald Tribune. , 1943
24 Articles on Mexico for New York Herald Tribune. , 1949
25 Mexico (Miscellaneous Material).
26 Mexico (Miscellaneous Publications).
27 "The Log of a Chrysler." (Automobile trips in Europe, U. S. and Mexico). , 1929-1931
28 Far East Trip. (Diary, Notes, etc.). , 1936-1937
29 Far East Trip. (Travel Brochures, etc.: India, Egypt, Ceylon). , 1936-1937
210 Far East Trip. (Travel Brochures, etc.: China, Japan). , 1936-1937
211 Notes on Modjeska.
212 Lectures for Koiranski.
213 Russian Theory of Acting. (Notes, clippings).
Personal Interest Clippings. (Topics as listed by Sophie Treadwell), 1964, no date
boxfolder
31 Architecture.
32 Books.
33 Crime.
34 Man.
35 Morals.
36 Movies.
37 The Negro.
38 People.
39 Philosophy and Religion.
310 Poems.
311 Politics.
312 Schools.
313 Theatre.
314 Tucson, Arizona.
315 U.S.A.
316 Woman.
317 Zoology.
318 Miscellaneous.
319 Wien. , 1964
320 World Affairs. (Including Nazism, Russia, Isolation, Lindberg).
321 Notes on Sutter.
Early Manuscripts; etc., 1906, no date
boxfolder
41 University of California Notebooks. (Poetry, Miscellaneous fragments, etc.). , 1906
42 Plays: untitled, unfinished, fragments.
43 Story: "Letters from 'A' to 'B'."
44 Stories: various.
45 Notes, clippings, etc. on K. Jaspers, Monakow, and psychology.
Series II: Plays, 1905-1967
Plays: Early, 1905-1918
boxfolder
51 Le Grand Prix. ("my first play"). , ca. 1905
52 Constance Darrow. , 1908
53 The Right Man. , 1908
54-5 The Settlement. (4 versions; also called Limelight). , 1911
56 Madame Bluff. , 1918
57 The Answer. , 1918?
58 One-act Play: Trance. , 1918
59 One-act Plays.
La Cachucha
Guess Again
His Luck
John Doane
A Man's Own
Mrs. Wayne (later titled The Eye of the Beholder)
Sympathy (the first Sophie Treadwell play produced)
To Him Who Waits
Plays: Edgar Allen Poe, 1919-1962
boxfolder
61-2 Poe (4 acts, 6 scenes, 2 versions).
63 Nepenthe (4 acts, 5 scenes).
64 Poe (3 acts, 5 scenes).
65-6 Edgar Allen Poe (3 acts, 5 scenes, 2 versions).
67 Plumes in the Dust (3 acts, 6 scenes).
68 Correspondence (includes John Barrymore, Guthrie McClintic, Eugene O'Neill, Kenneth Macgowan). , 1919-1962
69 Clippings.
Plays: Rights and Gringo, 1921-1941
boxfolder
71-6 Rights and later versions with titles, The King Passes, Mary Beaton, Love and Principle, Rights. , 1921, 1938, 1941
77-9 Gringo (various versions). , 1922
710 Gringo (correspondence, box office statements, etc.). , 1922-1923, 1937
Plays: Various, 1918-1925
boxfolder
81 Philomel
82 Loney Lee (later version of Philomel). , 1923
83 O' Nightingale (later version of Loney Lee). , 1923
84 Laughter (a play about Chaplin's youth). , 1922?
85 Claws. , 1918
86 Old Rose (later version of Claws). , 1921
87 Love Lady (later version of Old Rose). , 1924
88-9 You Can't Have Everything (2 versions). , 1925
810 Many Mansions (2 versions). , 1925
Play: Lone Valley, 1926-1933
boxfolder
91 Inheritance (1st version of Lone Valley).
92-3 Better to Marry (2nd and 3rd versions).
94 Deliverance (4th version).
95 Wild Honey (5th version).
96 Set Free (6th version).
97 Bound (7th version).
98-10 Lone Valley (8th, 9th & 10th versions)
911 Correspondence, etc., (includes letter from Katherine Hepburn).
Play: Machinal, 1928-1964
boxfolder
101 Correspondence. , 1928-1964
102 Correspondence (foreign rights and productions). , 1928-1963
103 Clippings and Miscellaneous Items.
Play: Machinal, 1928-1961
boxfolder
111-8 Various versions, including the 1961 production in New York.
Plays: Ladies Leave and Million Dollar Gate, 1929-1930
boxfolder
121 Ladies Leave (2 versions). , 1929
122-5 Million Dollar Gate (4 versions). , 1930
Plays: For Saxophone, 1934
boxfolder
131-8 Various versions.
139 Correspondence.
1310 German version.
Plays: Various, 1930-1936
boxfolder
141 The Island (3 versions). , 1930
142 Andrew Well's Lady. , 1931
143 The Last Are First (1st version of Promised Land, includes letter from Thomas Mitchell). , 1933
144 Promised Land (2 versions, includes letters from Paul Muni and Theresa Helburn). , 1933?
145-6 Three (2 versions). , 1936
Play: Hope for a Harvest, 1938-1953
boxfolder
151 Correspondence (includes letters from Frederic March, Theresa Helburn, Lawrence Langner). , 1941-1953
152 Contracts, Sketches, etc.
153 Notes during re-write.
154 Box office statements. , 1941
155 Clippings.
156 Source material.
157-10 Various versions. , no date
Play: Hope for a Harvest, 1938-1941
boxfolder
161-9 Various dated and/or indentified versions. , 1938-1941
Play: Highway, 1942-1955
boxfolder
171 Correspondence (includes letters from Margaret Webster, Lawrence Langner, Howard Lindsay, Theresa Helburn, Marc Connelly, Eliott Nugent). , 1942-1955
172-9 Various versions (including television scripts).
Play: The Last Border, 1943-1946
boxfolder
181 Correspondence (includes letters from Florence Eldridge, Katharine Cornell, Margaret Webster, Alfred Lunt, Helen Hayes, Lawrence Langner). , 1943-1946
182-12 Various versions with changing titles: Madrid 7, The Watched Door, Borderline, The Last Border. , 1945-1946
Plays: The Last Border and A String of Pearls, 1943-1953
boxfolder
191-3 The Last Border (various versions). , 1947
194 The Last Border (German version).
195 A String of Pearls: Correspondence. , 1951-1953
196-10 A String of Pearls (various versions). , 1943?-1950
Plays: Judgement in the Morning, Garry, The Siren, 1951-1954
boxfolder
201 Judgement in the Morning: Correspondence (includes letters from Louis Calhern, Alfred Lunt, Billy Rose, Theresa Helburn). , 1951-1954
202-7 Judgement in the Morning (various versions, with changing titles: Don't Leave Me, I was Like That in a Way, I was Like That, Judgement in the Morning). , 1952
208 In Loving Lost (early version of Garry).
209-10 Garry (also version as cut for television). , 1954
2011 The Siren. , 1953
Play: Woman With Lilies, 1948-1968
boxfolder
211 Correspondence. , 1956-1968
212 Background, notes, etc.
213 Sauce for the Goose (early version of Woman With Lilies).
214 Take My Ear (early version of Woman With Lilies). , 1950
215 Siempre (early version of Woman With Lilies). , 1954
216-8 Woman With Lilies (3 undated versions, including one identifiedas "original version for U. A." - University of Arizona).
Play: Woman With Lilies, 1967
boxfolder
221-3 Now He Doesn't Want to Play (3 versions, including copy of Peter Marroney's copy as performed in Tucson, Arizona, July 26-29, 1967).
224 Woman With Lilies (copy made after "the Tucson debacle").
225 Woman With Lilies (last version). , December 15, 1967
226 Woman With Lilies (various endings, fragments, re-writes).
Series III: Novels and Other Writings, 1906-1968
Novels: Lusita and Hope for a Harvest, 1930s-1948
boxfolder
231 Lusita. , 1930s
232 Hope for a Harvest: Correspondence. , 1939-1948
233 Hope for a Harvest (fragments, "pages from original").
234-5 Hope for a Harvest (2 incomplete versions).
23 Hope for a Harvest (final typescript).
Novel: One Fierce Hour and Sweet, 1957-1964
boxfolder
241 One Fierce Hour and Sweet: Correspondence. , 1957-1964
242-4 One Fierce Hour and Sweet (3 versions, including 2 with first title: Deep Well Center).
245 One Fierce Hour and Sweet: Reviews.
Novels: By Line and The Great Name Story, 1959-1966
boxfolder
251-2 Outlines only.
253 The Great Name Story: Correspondence. , 1959-1966
254-5 The Hill and the Bay (fragments of an early version of The Great Name Story). , 1961?
256-9 The Great Name Story (chapters 1-47 of the Abbott Magness version, also some fragments). , 1965?
Novel: The Great Name Story, 1968?
boxfolder
261-2 The Great Name Story (2nd version, chapter 1-26).
263-4 The Great Name Story (Anna Magness version, miscellaneous notes, outlines beginning chapters, etc.). , 1968?
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1919-1948
boxfolder
271 Work for United Artists: New York Nights and Blind Raftery. , 1929
272 Play: Actress (incomplete).
273 Play: Untitled (outline and notes only, folder is marked "San Salvador").
274 Television Dramas: The Gorgeous Innocent and Natalie, Inc. (also titled Women are Terrible).
275 Novel: Rio Bravo (incomplete).
276 Novel: About a young girl in New York and Mexico (incomplete).
277 Story: "Heaven on Earth." , 1948
278 Early Scenarios:
Deep Waters
Mora
Laurite
Sauce and the Goose
Mother Lode
Tracks' End
279 Scenarios with William High.
Bill and a Hatbox (2-part story published in Live Stories, August and September, 1919)
The Career of Liltha Zane (a synopsis).
Joan's Job (a synopsis).
2710 Collaborations with Gilda (unidentified).
2711 Miscellaneous stories, "ideas," and fragments.