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William Worthen Appleton papers, 1773-1853

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0040
Bib ID 4078653 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Appleton, William W., 1915-2014
Title William Worthen Appleton papers, 1773-1853
Physical Description 0.5 linear feet (1 box (44 letters))
Language(s) English .

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Organized by series.



44 letters related to British theater in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, dating from 1773 to 1853. The collection is divided into five series: I. Letters to William Kenneth (8); II. Letters to or about Richard Brinsley Sheridan (3); III. Letters to James Winston (5); IV. Theatrical letters arranged alphabetically by sender (26); and V. Non-theatrica l letters (2). The two letters in the 5th series are a letter from a solicitor to Lady Emma Hamilton dated 1806 and a letter from Irish poet Thomas Moore dated 1832. Most of the theatrical letters deal with the engagement of players and theater personnel

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Worthen Appleton papers ; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Professor William W. Appleton, 1969.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 03/24/89.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2018-10-10 Updated and container list added, converted from HTML finding aid. kws

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Kenneth, William Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Milliken, Richard Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, Irish Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theatrical agents -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theatrical managers -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Winston, James Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

William Worthen Appleton, born December 31 1915 in New York received his Masters 1939 and Ph. D. 1949 from Columbia University after graduating with a BA from Harvard University in 1938. He taught at Columbia from 1941 until 1977 having been appointed Professor Emeritus in 1976. His area of interest was early English Theater as evidenced by the several books he wrote and edited including (1960). and In 1969, Professor Appleton donated this collection of 44 letters to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library to augment the performing arts holdings of the Brander Matthews Collection. The letters relate for the most part to early 19th century British theater and in the words of Professor Appleton provide 'a sort of cross-section of rather typical professional theatrical correspondence of that era. '