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MS Eng 1172-1172.1

Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966. Edward Gordon Craig letters to Virginia Ashley Clarke, 1947-1966: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 1172-1172.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966.
Title: Edward Gordon Craig letters to Virginia Ashley Clarke
Date(s): 1947-1966
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from English artist, stage designer and author Edward Gordon Craig to Virginia Ashley Clarke.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

62M-68 and 69M-33. Purchased with the Amy Lowell and other funds from Virginia B. Surtees, 6 Palace Gate London, W. 8; received: 1962 Nov.; and Gift of 1969 Sept. 26.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Formerly restricted until the death of Edward Gordon Craig.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edward Gordon Craig Letters to Virginia Ashley Clarke, 1947-1966 (MS Eng 1172-1172.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Craig was an English artist, stage designer, and author.


Organized into the following two series: Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of 312 letters, 1947-1960, from Craig to Virginia Surtees Ashley Clarke. The correspondence chiefly concerns the scheduling of informal meetings and dinners with Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Clarke. The letters often describe Craig's experiences at the Lyceum Theatre and include theatrical commentary. The collection also describes his creation of woodcuts for The Masque of Love and other plays. The letters also outline an exchange of books and reviews of various booksellers throughout the United Kingdom. Approximately 30 letters include small cartoon-like sketches. Craig outlines his personal experiences in the hotels and restaurants that he spent time in throughout his travels on the Continent. The collection also outlines the progress of Craig's Memoirs as well as the possible sale of his collection to either Harvard or the Victoria & Albert Museum. Craig's correspondence also present information about his relationship with his daughter Daphne Woodward (also known as 'Two-two').

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