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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147
Dates of Creation 1906-1939
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Language of Material English
Physical Description 3 files

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, notes, manuscripts and typescripts of plays or articles by Harley Granville-Barker.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harley Granville Barker began his stage career as an actor in a provincial company, before first appearing in London in 1892. He went on to have a career on the stage, acting with many well known names such as Ben Greet. He was associated with the Stage Society and later moved into theatre management, working at the Duke of York's Theatre, the Savoy, and St James's among others. He also worked on the adaptation of plays.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

Acquisition Information

Given by The Garrick Club to the BTMA and thence to the Theatre Museum.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

The Department of Theatre and Performance also holds the Harley Granville-Barker collection THM/320.

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Harley Granville-Barker in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theater--20th century
Theater--Production and direction
Actors

Personal Names

Granville-Barker, Harley. ( 1877-1946 )
McCarthy, Lillah. ( 1875-1960 )
Granville-Barker, Helen. ( -1950)
Martínez Sierra, Gregorio. ( 1881-1947 )
Romains, Jules. ( 1885-1972 )
Sidgwick, Frank

Cataloguing Info

Title Harley Granville-Barker Archive
Creation Created by intern using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2013-08-28

Harley Granville-Barker Correspondence and Other Papers

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/1
Dates of Creation 1906-1921
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Handwritten and typed correspondence from Harley Granville-Barker to Frank Sidgwick and/or Robert C. Jackson, with notes from Sidgwick. An inventory of items has been provided by the donor, to be found in the folder.


Harley Granville-Barker Essays, Speeches and Compositions

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2
Dates of Creation ca. 1915-1939
Physical Description 13 folders.

Scope and Content

Various essays, speeches and compositions by Harley Granville-Barker.


Souls on Fifth Manuscripts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/1
Dates of Creation 1916
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Folder contains a typescript and handwritten draft with corrections of Harley Granville-Barker's book, Souls on Fifth.


Draft copies of The Fire that Burned in the Corner

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/2
Dates of Creation 1919
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Two draft copies of The Fire That Burned in the Corner, a short story by Harley Granville-Barker.


Duse Once More- an Essay

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/3
Dates of Creation 1922
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

An article by Harley Granville-Barker reflecting on the career of Eleanora Duse, an Italian actress.


The Bricks of the Temple - Manuscript

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/4
Dates of Creation 1924
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Folder contains a handwritten copy of The Bricks of the Temple, a short story by Harley Granville-Barker.


Draft copy of Tolstoy Preface

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/5
Dates of Creation 1929
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

The folder contains a draft copy of Harley Granville-Barker's preface to The Works of Tolstoy.


Introduction to J.E. Blanche's Portraits of a Lifetime - Manuscripts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/6
Dates of Creation 1937
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

One printed copy and one draft copy of the article with handwritten notes.


Quality Papers

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/7
Dates of Creation 1938
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Envelope labelled by Harley Granville-Barker containing a copy of Quality (a paper by Harley Granville-Barker) with a handwritten dedication to Frank Sidgwick, and proofs of Quality with corrections and annotations. For further details see the list included in THM/147/1.


Essays

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/8
Dates of Creation ca. 1915-1939
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

The folder includes various handwritten drafts of the following essays by Harley Granville-Barker:

  • On Translating Greek Tragedy
  • Forward to a Volume of Prefaces to Shakespeare
  • Hints on Rehearsing a Play
  • Notes on Rehearsing a Play
  • Trivialities No. 2: "The Man to Whom Life Owed Nothing"

The Bigamist Manuscript

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/9
Dates of Creation ND
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Folder contains a handwritten copy of The Bigamist, a short story by Harley Granville-Barker.


Draft copy of Mormonism and the Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/10
Dates of Creation ND
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Typed draft of Mormonism and the Theatre, a paper by Harley Granville-Barker, with handwritten corrections.


Draft copies of Richard Goes to Prison

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/11
Dates of Creation ND
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Two typescripts and a handwritten draft of Richard Goes to Prison, a short story by Harley Granville-Barker.


Speeches

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/12
Dates of Creation ND
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

Folder includes typescripts of lectures given by Harley Granville-Barker, namely A Lecture on Dramatic Poetry and A Lecture on Dryden, in addition to a handwritten script of his British Drama League Dinner Speech.


Draft copies of Trivialities No. 1: Acids in Solution

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/2/13
Dates of Creation ND
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 1 folder.

Scope and Content

The folder contains two draft copies of a composition entitled Trivialities No. 1: Acids in Solution.


Harley Granville-Barker Publishing Notes

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/3
Dates of Creation ca. 1906-1939
Physical Description 5 folders.

Scope and Content

Includes material relating to the following productions, written or translated by Harley Granville-Barker:

  • Prunella, Or Love in a Dutch Garden (by Laurence Housman and Harley Granville-Barker)
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Anatol (by Arthur Schnitzler, translated by Harley Granville-Barker)
  • Deburau (a comedy by Sacha Guitry)
  • The Bowarra, An Arctic Fairy Tale (an unpublished children's play developed by Elizabeth Robins and Harley Granville-Barker)

Harley Granville-Barker Scripts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/147/4
Dates of Creation ca. 1906-1939
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Physical Description 18 folders.

Scope and Content

Includes scripts for productions written or translated by Harley Granville-Barker, namely:

  • Prunella, Or Love in a Dutch Garden (by Laurence Housman and Harley Granville-Barker)
  • Waste
  • The Madras House
  • Farewell to the Theatre (A Duologue)
  • The Harlequinade (by Dion Clayton Calthrop and Harley Granville-Barker)
  • Deburau (a comedy by Sacha Guitry)
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Two Shepherds ( Las Pastores by G. Martinez Sierra, translated by Helen and Harley Granville-Barker)
  • The Romantic Young Lady (The Dream of an August Night) (a comedy by G. Martinez Sierra, translated by Helen and Harley Granville-Barker)
  • Doctor Knock (a comedy by Jules Romains)
  • Six Gentlemen in a Row (by Jules Romains)
  • The Kingdom of God (by G. Martinez Sierra, translated by Helen and Harley Granville-Barker)
  • A Lily Among Thorns
  • The Wicked Man

Further material relating to each play can be found in the corresponding production file.