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William G.B. Carson Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WUA-03-wua00170

This collection is comprised of musical scores with annotations by Carson, a brief history of Thyrsus and English 16, and a photocopy of a scrapbook compiled by Carson. If you are interested in additional theatrical materials held by University Archives, please consult the finding aids for the Thyrsus Collection and the Papers of Mary Wickes. Additional W.G.B. Carson papers are held by the Manuscript Division of Washington University’s Department of Special Collections.


  • Creation: 1905-1941


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


5.00 items

1 Boxes

Biographical Information

Carson was first a student at Washington University (A.M. 1916), and then later taught the widely acclaimed drama class known as English 16 for twenty-eight years.  Many plays written by students in this class were performed by Thyrsus, a successful student-run theatrical group that was overlooked by Carson. Highly popular with his students, Carson tutored Tennessee Williams, David Merrick, Marvin Miller, and Mary Wickes.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to University Archives by Mrs. William G. B. Carson in April 1980.

Related Materials

See also MS023 William G. B. Carson Papers

Processing Information

Processed by Jay Kempen in November 2005.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 May 19: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495