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Tennessee Williams papers, 1920-1983

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Series VI: Photographs and Art

This series contains snapshots as well as professional and news photographs of Tennessee Williams, his family, and friends. In particular, there are many pictures of Williams' longtime companion, Frank Merlo, and of his close friend, Maria Britneva St. Just. There are also photographs of productions and of celebratory events, as well as works by professional photographers and stills from 1950s MGM productions.

Subseries Vi.4 contain artwork.


Subseries VI.1: Personal & Professional



Box 43 Folder 1 Tennessee Williams and Friends, [v.p.], 1900s-1980s, 56 photographs

[Williams as child and young man [acq 293/4 Jan 1990]; with Herbert Machiz at Gotham Book Mart [acq 599624];Williams, photos sent by Frederick Nicklaus [acq 490 (Mixer)/6 Sept 1983]; various photos of Williams with actors, friends colleagues including group 1948 picture at the Gotham Book Mart [acq 293 10 27 83]]


Box 43 Folder 2 and 3 Tennessee Williams, [v.p.], 1910s - 1982, 137 photographs & prints



Box 71 Folder 8 Portrait photograph of Tennessee Williams by Mario Ajare. Key West, 1980.



Box 43 Folder 4 Tennessee Williams and pets, [v.p.], 1950s-1970s, 68 photographs



Box 68 Folder 3 Photograh of Williams at desk holding cigarette in a holder by Robert Kushner of New Orleans. b&w 8xl0 in.


Box 68 Folder 4 Photograh of Tennessee Williams. Head shot printed by Angus McBean, courtesy of New Directions, l1x15 in. (4 copies)



Box 69 Folder 10 9.5 by 7.5 in. black and white photograph of Tennessee Williams and unidentified man in white matting that was used as backing for watercolor. "Photo by: Kenneth Ch 'uan-k' ai Leung, New York, 10025.



Box 68 Folder 5 Photograh of Tennessee Williams by Rik/Kin, Stockholm, Sweden. b&w 9x:11.


Box 68 Folder 5 Photograh of Tennessee Williams, head in hands. 9x12 in.


Box 68 Folder 5 Photograh of Tennessee Williams. Head shot, smiling and wearing billed cap. b&w 11x14 in.


Box 68 Folder 6 Photograh of Tennessee Williams. Mid shot, standing with hands in pockets, wearing light coat and dark billed cap, by Lawson C. Little, 6/30/78, Key West. 11x 14 b&w


Box 68 Folder 6 Photograh of Tennessee Williams. Matted photo of head shot wearing dark glasses and cap by Bill Viggiano (sig.) of New York. 1980. 1 color 11x14 in.


Box 68 Folder 6 Photograh of Buffo. Standing photos by Mark Shaw of New York. l1x14 in.


Box 68 Folder 6 Photograh of Buffo. Standing photos by Mark Shaw of New York. l1x14 in.


Box 68 Folder 6 Photograh of Buffo reclining in front of cat pillow photos by Mark Shaw of New York. l1x14 in.


Box 68 Folder 6 Photograh of Williams holding Buffo in NY apartment on E. 58th St. photos by Mark Shaw of New York. l1x14 in.


Box 68 Folder 6 Photograh of Williams and two bulldogs by Don Pindar of Key West. b&w l1x14 in.


Box 68 Folder 6 Magazine cover of Williams in robe holding a cat


Box 68 Folder 6 Photograh of Williams in robe playing with bulldog on bed b&w photos by Mark Morrow, 1979


Box 68 Folder 7 Photograh of Williams seated with sunglasses and glass of wine b&w photos by Mark Morrow, 1979


Box 68 Folder 7 Photograh of bulldog by J. Savio, 1981. matted b&w 8x10 in.



Box 43 Folder 5 Key West House , [Key West, FL], [n.d.], 10 photographs

[Of Key West house, hurricane damage, and art]


Box 43 Folder 6 Thomas Lanier Williams II, [n.p.], [n.d.], 1 framed photograph, torn



Box 61 Folder 22 Photograph of Thomas Lanier II by Ray Kutos (With Tennessee Williams' notes on verso).



Box 44 Folder 1 Walter Edwin Dakin, [n.p.], [n.d.], 1 framed photograph


Box 44 Folder 2 Walter Edwin Dakin, [n.p.], 1900s-1950s, 18 photographs

[Of grandfather Dakin, some with wife Rosina Dakin and friends]


Box 44 Folder 3 Williams and Dakin families, [v.p.], [v.d.], 14 photographs


Box 44 Folder 4 Edwina Dakin Williams, mother Rosina Dakin and family, [n.p.], 1900s-1980, 16 photographs


Box 44 Folder 5 Rose Williams, [n.p.], 1910s-1978, 12 photographs



Box 68 Folder 7 Photograph of Rose, smoking, seated in a lawn chair wearing a wide brimmed sun hat, "Rose of England" written in ink. Photo had been framed. b&w 8xl0 in. photo mounted on l0x12 in board.



Box 44 Folder 6 Dakin Williams and family, [n.p.], 1960s, 4 photographs


Box 44 Folder 7-8 Frank Merlo, [n.p.], 1940s-1960s, 158 photographs, 25 negatives

[Negatives of Merlo, some with Williams and friends]



Box 68 Folder 7 Photograh of Frank Merlo and companion bending over Portuguese Man O War


Box 68 Folder 7 Photograh of Frank Merlo holding up Portuguese Man O War on a stick


Box 68 Folder 7 Photograh of Frank Merlo dressed in street clothes, eating on beach



Box 45 Folder 1 Frank Merlo, [n.p.], [n.d.], 1 photo scrapbook


Box 45 Folder 2 Maria Britneva St. Just, family and Williams, [n.p.], 1940s-1980s, 27 photographs

[St. Just, some with family and Williams]


Box 45 Folder 3 St. Just with daughters, [n.p.], 1960s, 1 framed photgraph


Box 45 Folder 4-6 Tennessee Williams and friends, [n.p.], 1940s-1970s, 298 photographs, 4 negatives

[Of Williams, family, friends, artists, and celebrities]



Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Williams seated with bulldog facing unidentified woman in polka dot tie, inscribed by Tennessee. 11 x14 in. b&w photograph


Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Williams with cigarette beside unidentified woman in polka dot tie. 11 x14 in. b&w photograph


Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Man sitting in front of house, inscribed "For Ten & Frank, always, from Southernmost Chris". 11 x14 in. b&w photograph


Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Williams with arm around unidentified male, note dated Key West, April 1979 and signed love, Bill. 11 x14 in. b&w photograph, April 1979


Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Tennessee Williams and Jane Bowles on shipboard. One 11.5 by 9.5 inch.


Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Williams with Claire Bloom inscribed to Tennessee signed Claire, London, 1974


Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Anna Magnani. chin on fist


Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Anna Magnani, head shot looking right


Box 68 Folder 8 Photograh of Silvia Miles, Head shot (2), inscribed 1979 was framed with Bill Viggiancl "photo of two trees and a gloomy sky 1978, 1979, 1978


Box 68 Folder 9 Photograh of Ann Meacham. Mid shot inscribed on back "early picture".


Box 68 Folder 9 Photograh of Bidie Sayao, with hand to throat in costume for La Traviata, New York, 1936


Box 68 Folder 9 Bidie Sayao. full shot, fingers to chin in costume for La Traviata, NY, 1956


Box 68 Folder 9 Irene Selznick, inscribed to Tennessee, by Horst Vogue Studios, 11/17/47


Box 68 Folder 9 Page of pasted on photographs with drawing of Trade Winds, 1 photo depicts Marion Black Vaccaro holding poodle


Box 68 Folder 9 Photograh of Marion Black Vaccaro head shot by Marjorie Foley


Box 68 Folder 9 Photograh of Blanche Yurksa, inscribed to Williams dated, 1945


Box 68 Folder 9 Photograh of Gloved woman in hat with flowered brim, inscribed "To Ten With our Love and Admiration.. Gene & Anne"


Box 68 Folder 9 Photograh of unidentified bearded male


Box 68 Folder 9 Photograh of Helen inscribed to Dearest Tom. 8xl0 in.


Box 68 Folder 10 Photograh of Man in tunic facing crowned man inscribed to Tennessee from "his Welsh fan--Keith, 1973 edges damaged, 9x14 in., 1973


Box 68 Folder 10 Photograh of man with chin in fist, 10x13 in., damaged


Box 68 Folder 10 Photograph of man and woman talking on bed. 1 b&w 11x 14 in.


Box 68 Folder 10 Photograph of Ernest Hemingway, inscribed. 11xl4 in. black and white


Box 68 Folder 10 & 11 Photos of African-American family. Five l1x14 and One l0x13 in.


Box 68 Folder 11 Photograph of Sunset at Pier 48. 1975 signed. 1 b&w l1x14 matted., 1975


Box 68 Folder 11 Photograph man smoking hashish-India. 1975 signed. 1 color l1x14 matted., 1975


Box 68 Folder 11 Photograh of production of The Glass Menagerie


Box 68 Folder 11 Photograh of production of A Streetcar Named Desire


Box 68 Folder 11 Photograh of production of Orpheus Descending (from The World of Tennessee Williams )


Box 68 Folder 11 Photograh of production of The Night of the Iguana (from The World of Tennessee Williams )


Box 68 Folder 11 Photograh of production of Suddenly Last Summer (from The World of Tennessee Williams )


Box 68 Folder 11 Photograh of Tennesee Williams. 1972 photo by Jill Krementz, 1972



Box 46 Folder 1-3 Tennessee Williams, [n.p.], 1940s-1980s, 160 photographs

[Of Williams, family, artists, celebrities, and events]



Box 68 Folder 7 Photograh of Williams and George Keathly, inscribed by Keathly to Tennessee by Ray Fisher of Miami. 11 x14 in. b&w photograph



Box 46 Folder 4 Artists, [n.p.], 1950s-1980s, 63 photographs

[Of writers, actresses, painters, etc. including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Ashley, Christopher Isherwood, Anna Magnani, Anne Meacham, Sylvia Miles, Eugene O'Neill, Geraldine Page, Anthony Quinn, Johnny Ray, Laurette Taylor and Michael York]


Box 46 Folder 5 Actor glossies, [n.p.], 1960s-1980s, 56 photographs



Box 68 Folder 7 Photograh of unidentified male and Williams smelling flowers. 11 x14 in. b&w photographs



Box 69 Folder 12 Photograh of Eugene O'Neill in white mate, 13x16 in., inscribed to Tennessee. Love, Gene reportedly written by Williams himself .


Box 69 Folder 13 Photograh of man, chin in hand, inscribed from Doug. 12x15 in.


Subseries VI.2: Production Photographs



Box 46 Folder 6 Camino Real, [New York], 1953, 9 photographs

[From original New York production]


Box 46 Folder 7 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, New York, Italy, and France, 1950, 1982, 4 photographs

[1 Original production; 3 of Roman and French production]



Box 47 Folder 1 The Glass Menagerie, [v.p.], [n.d.], 7 photographs

[From several productions]


Box 47 Folder 2 Ladies of Larkspur Lotion, [n.p.], [n.d.], 1 photograph

[ [acq Brander Matthews]]


Box 47 Folder 3 Period of Adjustment, Sweden, [n.d.], 2 photographs

[From Swedish production]


Box 47 Folder 4 Night of the Iguana, [New York], 1961, 1964, 8 photographs

[From the original New York production and from the film]


Box 47 Folder 5 Orpheus Descending, Australia and Greece, 1980-1981, 6 photographs


Box 47 Folder 6 Red Devil Battery Sign, Vancouver, BC, 1980-1981, 1 photograph

[Vancouver Playhouse production]


Box 47 Folder 7 Rose Tattoo, [n.p.], [n.d.], 3 photographs


Box 47 Folder 8 Senso, [n.p.], 1954, 6 photographs


Box 47 Folder 9 Stairs to the Roof, Pasadena, CA, 1947, 6 photographs

[From Pasadena Playhouse production]


Box 47 Folder 10 Streetcar Named Desire, [n.p.], 1951-1980, 28 photographs

[From various productions]


Box 47 Folder 11 Suddenly Last Summer, [n.p.], [n.d.], 5 photographs

[From various productions]


Box 47 Folder 12 Summer and Smoke, Denmark, 1949, 1 photograph


Box 47 Folder 13 Sweet Bird of Youth, [n.p.], [n.d.], 3 photographs

[2 from original New York production [acq Brander Matthews]; 1 of production starring Ed Harris as Chance]


Box 47 Folder 14 Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton, [n.p.], [n.d.], 1 photograph

[From production starring Meryl Streep]


Box 47 Folder 15 Two Character Play, [n.p.], [n.d.] and 1976, 2 photographs

[One from San Francisco production starring Fred Ward]


Box 47 Folder 16 Vieux Carre, [n.p.], [n.d.], 13 photographs


Box 47 Folder 17 Unidentified Productions, [n.p.], [n.d.], 44 photographs


Box 47 Folder 18 Icons, [n.p.], 1922, 1972, 1 framed photo of D. H. Lawrence


Box 47 Folder 19 Icons, [n.p.], [n.d.], 2 magazine prints of Hart Crane, 2 photographs of Marlene Dietrich, 3 inscribed photographs of Ernest Hemingway, 1 article on D. H. Lawrence, 1 photograph of Edna St. Vincent Millay


Box 47 Folder 20 Art photography, [n.p.], [n.d.], 25 photographs and prints



Box 48 Folder 1 Art Photography: Bill Viggiano , [n.p.], 1980, 33 photographs of the homeless with correspondence and notes, 2 photographs of scenes


Box 48 Folder 2 Copies of photographs used in exhibits, [n.p.], [n.d.], 7 photographs of Tennessee Williams and productions


Subseries VI.3: Film Stills


Box 48 Folder 3 Various productions, [v.p.], 1920s-1950s, 46 photographs from various movies, mostly MGM productions


Box 48 Folder 4 Conspirator , 1950, 5 stills


Box 48 Folder 5 Beau Brummel , 1954, 34 stills


Box 48 Folder 6-8 Deep In My Heart , 1954, 57 stills


Box 48 Folder 9 Devil Makes Three , 1952, 20 stills



Box 49 Folder 1 Green Dolphin Street , 1955, 59 stills


Box 49 Folder 2-3 Ivanhoe , 1952, 84 stills


Box 49 Folder 4 Kissing Bandit , 1948, 15 stills


Box 49 Folder 5 Last Time I Saw Paris , 1954, 70 stills


Box 49 Folder 6 Lili , 1952, 37 stills


Box 49 Folder 7-8 Lovely To Look At , 1952, 98 stills



Box 50 Folder 1 Merton of the Movies , 1947, 7 stills


Box 50 Folder 2 Please Believe Me , 1950, 31 stills


Box 50 Folder 3 Romance of Rosy Ridge , 1947, 4 stills


Box 50 Folder 4 Skipper Surprised His Wife , 1950, 27 stills


Box 50 Folder 5 Tender Trap (1955); Unfinished Dance , (1947) 1947, 1955, 5 stills


Box 50 Folder 6 Washington Story , 1952, 20 stills


Box 50 Folder 7 Yellow Cab Man , 1950, 41 stills


Box 50 Folder 8 Young Bess , 1953, 42 stills


Subseries VI.4: Art



Box 69 Folder 8 Print of a drawing of a young Rose Williams dated 1977 Oil on canvas portrait of Rose Williams by Florence Ver Steeg in ornate frame, 15x13 in., 1977


Box 69 Folder 8 Bird with blue background, watercolor on paper, 20.5 by 25.5 cm. (Removed from 36 by 41 cm. blue wood frame with silver matting).


Box 69 Folder 9 Tennessee Williams' House. watercolor on paper. 30.5 by 23 cm. Handwriting on back of frame says: Watercolor of Tennessee Williams' house obscured.


Box 69 Folder 9 Man standing by bed. Print.


Box 69 Folder 1 Boris Aronson. Wash drawing for Orpheus Descending .



Box 67 Folder 3 Sketch pad with pencil drawings by unknown. 25x38 cm.



Box 72 Folder 1 Watercolor of Tennessee Williams' house at 1431 Duncan Street, Key West, FL by A. Bredin., 1431


Box 72 Folder 2 by Jo Mielziner. Watercolor set designs (2) for Sweet Bird of Youth . Boss Finley's house II-2.


Box 72 Folder 3 Boris Aronson. Watercolor design for the set of the original production of The Rose Tattoo, 1951


Box 72 Folder 4 Joe Mielziner. Watercolor set design forPeriod of Adjustment, 1960 signed., 1960


Box 72 Folder 5 Portrait watercolor of Frank Merlo



Box 68 Folder 1 Two flowers, watercolor on paper, 27 by 35 cm. (Removed from white, plastic, 30 by 38 cm. frame).


Box 68 Folder 1 Woman in a black dress. Watercolor on paper, 27 by 35 cm. (Removed from 30 by 38 cm. yellow, plastic frame).


Box 68 Folder 1 Yellow chick. Watercolor on paper, 27 by 35 cm. (Removed from 30 by 38 cm. green plastic frame).


Box 68 Folder 1 Black house. Watercolor on paper, 27 by 35 cm. (Removed from 30 by 38 cm. green plastic frame).


Box 68 Folder 1 Palm tree. Watercolor on paper, 27 by 35 cm. (Removed from 30 by 38 cm. red plastic frame).


Box 68 Folder 1 Flower. Watercolor on paper, 27 by 35 cm. (Removed from 30 by 38 cm. green plastic frame).


Box 68 Folder 1 Brown house. Watercolor on paper, 27 by 35 cm. (Removed from 30 by 38 cm. yellow plastic frame).


Box 68 Folder 2 Cityscape from harbor. Print of watercolor on paper, signed by Cobelle, 32 by 24 cm. Stamp on back says:"Center Book and Art Shop / 1884 (7) Sixth A venue (56th St.) / New York City" (Removed from 37 by 29 cm. white, wooden frame)., 1884


Box 68 Folder 2 Ink drawing by Pavel Tchelitchew. On back label states, from the collection of Alan Ross McDougal, John JA. Torson Gallery 344 East 55th 8t., New York. The Three muses are C. Berard, Cocteau and Tchelitchew and the central figure is Doggie, 32Ox255 cm. (Removed from brown wooden frame, 34x28 cm.)


Box 68 Folder 2 Dock St. Theatre in Charleston, SC. Print of drawing, print of drawing by Julia Homer Wilson, 23,5 by 32 cm., dated 1971 (Removed from 37 by 47 cm black, wood frame)., 1971



Box 69 Folder 14 Strathmore Alexis Drawing 14 sheet pad, 14x17 in.


Box 69 Folder 15 Artist 11x 14 in. 100 sheet sketchbook (contains only 3 sketches)



Box 71 Folder 3 Print entitled Tennessee William's mother, and signed C. Simon Brandes. No. 14 of 16, 57x45 cm.


Box 71 Folder 6 Jo Mielziner, Outcry, 1973 Directed by Peter Glenville, Produced by David Merrick Arts Foundation and Kennedy Center Productions, Lyceum Theatre, NY. Opening (Backstage), watercolor on paper, matted., 1973


Box 71 Folder 7 Jo Mielziner, Outcry, 1973 Directed by Peter Glenville, Produced by David Merrick Arts Foundation and Kennedy Center Productions, Lyceum Theatre, NY. Finale (Sunflower scene), watercolor on paper, matted., 1973



Box 69 Folder 6 Reproduction of drawings by Elizabeth O'Neill Verner. 31x41 cm


Box 69 Folder 11 1 crayon drawing of bearded man [Peter] signed 12-1-81



Mapcase 13-4G-13.5 Outcry . Jo Mielziner. Opening (backstage), Gouache and watercolor mounted on mat. 25x30 in. Produced by David Merrick, directed by Peter Glenville, Arts Foundation and Kennedy Center Productions, Lyceum Theatre, NY.