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MS Thr 306

Bridges-Adams, W. (William), 1889-1965. W. Bridges-Adams letters to Arthur Colby Sprague, 1948-1965: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Thr 306
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bridges-Adams, W. (William), 1889-1965.
Title: W. Bridges-Adams letters to Arthur Colby Sprague,
Date(s): 1948-1965.
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from English actor William Bridges-Adams to American Shakespearean scholar Arthur Colby Sprague.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

72M-99. Gift of Arthur Colby Sprague, 829 Barnwell Street Columbia, South Carolina 29201; received: 1972 November 27.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

W. Bridges-Adams Letters to Arthur Colby Sprague, 1948-1965 (MS Thr 306). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Bridges-Adams was an English actor, theatrical historian, director and designer. Sprague (1885-1991) was an American Shakespearean scholar.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Letters from Bridges-Adams to Sprague discussing other playwrights of the time, the drama school of Bryn Mawr, new buildings at Stratford in England, and suggestions on where to stay in London. Letters discuss in detail various Shakespeare plays and how they are staged, and the actor Lawrence Olivier and articles written about him in Time Magazine. Bridges-Adams also comments about a book Sprague wrote, the Old Vic Theater in London, and the collection has a newspaper clipping of a play review.

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