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Collection Number: 12032

Collection Title: Archibald Henderson Collection of George Bernard Shaw, circa 1850s-1960s

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Size Approximately 3000 items
Abstract Published works of Irish playwright, theater critic, and polemicist George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and Shaviana collected by white professor of mathematics and Shaw biographer Archibald Henderson (1877-1963) in the early twentieth century. Published items include first and other editions of Shaw's novels, plays, and writings on art, music, and literature, some of which Shaw signed with inscriptions to Henderson; political pamphlets; tracts disseminated by the Fabian Society, a British socialist organization founded by Shaw; and journals and serials of Shaw literary societies. A set of 86 scrapbooks contain newspaper and magazine clippings of Shaw's articles, reviews, and letters to editors in addition to contemporary criticism of Shaw's works and reviews of modern productions of his plays. Other materials are photographs of Shaw, his family members, and friends; photographs of theatrical productions of his plays and photograph albums with camera performances of Candida and other plays; pictorial works including cartoons, caricatures, engravings, woodcuts, and pastel portraits; theatrical playbills and programs; posters; ephemera; biographical materials; commercial LP records including soundtracks for productions of My Fair Lady, a musical adaptation of Shaw's Pygmalion; a film by Peak Film Productions labeled "Bernard Shaw's Village," which may be A Village Wooing; and five open-reel audiotapes of Heartbreak House recorded in Ohio in 1961. Acquired as part of the Rare Book Collection.
Creator Henderson, Archibald, 1877-1963.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Archibald Henderson Collection of George Bernard Shaw #12032, Rare Book Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Archibald Henderson beginning in 1948 (Acc. 103761).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Archibald Henderson (1877-1963) was an author, biographer of British playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw, and professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Published works of Irish playwright, theater critic, and polemicist George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and Shaviana collected by white professor of mathematics and Shaw biographer Archibald Henderson (1877-1963) in the early twentieth century. Published items include first and other editions of Shaw's novels, plays, and writings on art, music, and literature, some of which Shaw signed with inscriptions to Henderson; political pamphlets; tracts disseminated by the Fabian Society, a British socialist organization founded by Shaw; and journals and serials of Shaw literary societies. A set of 86 scrapbooks contain newspaper and magazine clippings of Shaw's articles, reviews, and letters to editors in addition to contemporary criticism of Shaw's works and reviews of modern productions of his plays. Other materials are photographs of Shaw, his family members, and friends; photographs of theatrical productions of his plays and photograph albums with camera performances of Candida and other plays; pictorial works including cartoons, caricatures, engravings, woodcuts, and pastel portraits; theatrical playbills and programs; posters; ephemera; biographical materials; commercial LP records including soundtracks for productions of My Fair Lady, a musical adaptation of Shaw's Pygmalion; a film by Peak Film Productions labeled "Bernard Shaw's Village," which may be A Village Wooing; and five open-reel audiotapes of Heartbreak House recorded in Ohio in 1961. Acquired as part of the Rare Book Collection.

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This summary description was created in December 2019 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Hart, December 2019

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