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Autograph letters signed from William Winter to various recipients

Identifier: W56548

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the call numbers Y.c.573 (1-114).

The letters of William Winter mostly concern theater life and people, both in England and America. Several of the letters specifically relate to Winter's work writing theatrical biography and criticism, including numerous requests for biographical information of actors, references to his biographies of David Belasco (51, 52, 65, 66) and Joseph Jefferson (10, 72, 89), and commentary on publishers and editors. The letters also mention playbills (6, 11, 111), Winter's poems about Shakespeare (83-84), Edwin Booth's promptbooks (58-60), and Thomas Nast's "The Immortal Light of Genius" (68-70, 114), which Henry Irving and Winter arranged to have exhibited in the Arthur Winter Memorial Library.


  • 1864-1917



Collection is open for research.


114.0 items

Language of Materials



Letters from William Winter to various recipients, most concerning theater life and people of the late 19th and early 20th century, both in England and America.


Collection is arranged mostly alphabetically by recipient and then chronologically.

Folger accession

Items acquired at various times from various sources. See item level descriptions for accession numbers.

Existence and Location of Copies

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Related Materials

Robert Young collection relating to William Winter, 1732-2005 (bulk 1880-1906)

Papers of William Winter [manuscript], 1854-1916 ( Folger MS Y.d.358)

Papers of William Winter [manuscript], 1888-ca. 1913 ( Folger MS Y.d.480)

Autograph letters signed from William Winter to various recipients [manuscript], [1884]-1894 ( Folger MS W.a.231)

Autograph letters signed from William Winter to various recipients [manuscript], 1867-1902 ( Folger MS Y.c.5244 (1-272))

Letter from Mary Anderson to William Winter, 1883 April 9; also article about her performance: "Mary Anderson's Revival," William Winter copy. (Bound in PR2803.A421 copy 2 Sh. Col.)

Letters from Paul Wilstach, New York, to William Winter, New York, 1904-1908 (Folger MS W.a.247 front endleaf, half-title page verso, p. 473, p. 477

Items removed from Folger MS W.a.247: Autograph letters signed from Albert Marshman Palmer, Richard Mansfield, and Beatrice Cameron Mansfield to William Winter ( Folger MS Y.c.6437; Y.c.6438 (1-2); Y.c.6439 (1-2))

Autograph letters to William Winter signed from various correspondents [manuscript], 1890-1893 ( Folger MS W.a.230)

Diaries of William Winter ( Folger MS W.a.451 (1-4))

The Bacon is humbug [manuscript] : an address before the Fraternity Club of Portland, Maine, 1916 January 10 ( Folger MS S.b.1)

Opening address by William Winter for A.R. Samuell's New Park Theatre, Brooklyn [manuscript], ca. 1875 ( Folger MS T.b.19)

Shakespeare's Twelfth night, a stage history [manuscript], ca. 1900 ( Folger MS S.b.127)

List compiled by William Winter of some of the characters in which Lester Wallack acted [manuscript], ca. 1900 ( Folger MS W.a.35)

Scrapbook collection from the William Winter collection, 1864-1917 ( Folger Scrapbook 256314 - Scrapbook 256357)

Theatrical autograph album of William Winter [manuscript], 1891-1896 ( Folger MS T.a.108)

Guide to Letters from William Winter to Various Recipients Folger MS Y.c.573 (1-114)
Finding aid prepared by Allison Bailey and Nadia Seiler, March 2012
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Part of the Folger Shakespeare Library Repository

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