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Department of English, Student Plays Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WUA-01-wua00058

This collection includes students’ plays written for English classes between 1923 and 1961.


  • Creation: 1923-1961


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 linear feet

6 boxes

Historical Information

Student Plays were written for English 16 (Techniques of the Modern Drama) taught by Professor William G. B. Carson. Later the number of the course changed (1935) to English 306, and later (1948) to English 351-352. The three best plays each year were produced at Washington University and the author of the play judged best won a cash prize.


Student plays are arranged in chronological order, then alphabetical order by play title. This also includes a 1949 drama school report and a few photographs.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by William G. B. Carson, noted on March 1, 1966.

Related Materials

A related collection is the William G. B. Carson Papers that includes a brief history of English 16 and the Thyrsus Collection. Additional William G. B. Carson papers are held by the Manuscript Division of Washington University’s Department of Special Collections. If you are interested in additional theatrical materials held by University Archives, please consult the finding aids for the Thyrsus Collection and the Mary Wickes Papers.

Processing Information

Processed by Leela Pandey in March 2006

Department of English, Student Plays Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 22: 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