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MS Thr 553

Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams family photographs and other materials, 1885-1964: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 553
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983.
Title: Tennessee Williams family photographs and other materials,
Date(s): 1885-1964.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of photographs, primarily of American playwright, Tennessee Williams, his family, relatives, friends, or acquaintances.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of unknown donor; purchased from Sotheby's #402; received: 1986 September 29. See curatorial file for additional information.
All these materials appear to be former property of the Williams family and many images are annotated by family members, especially Williams' mother and brother Dakin.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


Copyright in the works of Tennessee Williams is held by the University of the South.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Tennessee Williams Family Photographs and Other Materials, 1885-1964 (MS Thr 553). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional collections of Tennessee Williams papers held by the Houghton Library.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Lanier Williams III (1911-1983), who published as Tennessee Williams, has often been called America's most prominent playwright. He was also a prolific author of essays, poetry, and short stories.
Includes photographs of the following family members, as well as many other persons:


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Collection of photographs, primarily of Tennessee Williams, his family, relatives, friends, or acquaintances. Taken various places ca. 1890-1965. Photographs, various sizes, mostly snapshots, but also formal studio portraits, mounted or inserted into scrapbook-type albums or stored loose. Images include historical family photographs of Williams' grandparents and parents, as well as many family snapshots of himself, his sister, brother, and other family members. There are also some photographs relating to his professional life such as his agent Aubrey Wood and Hollywood personalities such as Elvis Presley and Laurence Olivier. Includes some images of locations and events and also a few family memorabilia such as passports, clippings, notes, and other material.
Format of images includes photographs, cabinet photographs, snapshots, carte-de-visite, and negatives.

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