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Tennessee Williams Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 25 Sep 2018

Biographical History

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was an American playwright. Among his best-known works are The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (the latter two won Williams the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 and 1955, respectively). He also wrote novels, screenplays, and short stories. Many of his works have been made into movies.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Tennessee Williams Collection consists of memorabilia and writings.

Memorabilia contains a publicity photograph and a handwritten note from Williams to Andy Warhol, with a sketched self-portrait.

Writings contains typescripts for several of Williams' plays, including The night of the iguana and Slapstick tragedy.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by type and within that by title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The donation of which this was part also contained published items by Williams, which have been sent to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate these items.

Subject Headings


Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987.
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983.

Associated Titles

Slapstick tragedy.
The fugitive kind.
The night of the iguana.


American drama -- 20th century.
Dramatists, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Scripts (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Tennessee Williams Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Eric D. Sherman, 2017.

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