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Richard Leavitt Collection of Tennessee Williams

Identifier: MS-2065

  • Staff Only

The Richard Leavitt Collection of Tennessee Williams spans the majority of the 20th century. It contains Richard Leavitt's collected photographs, reviews, and publicity as well as magazine and newspaper articles of Tennessee Williams which document Williams's personal life and career. Also included is memorabilia gathered by Leavitt including play programs, advertisements, and private drawings by Williams himself.


  • 1911-1999


The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite and must be requested in advance. See for detailed information. Collections must be requested through a registered Special Collections research account.

Conditions Governing Use

The UT Libraries claims only physical ownership of most material in the collections. Persons wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants on for detailed information. Collections must be requested through a registered Special Collections research account.


6 Linear Feet


This collection, compiled by Richard Leavitt, contains photographs and memorabilia related to Tennessee Williams. The material spans from Williams's childhood to his rise to prominence on the American stage, and on to the later, experimental stages of his career.

Biographical/Historical Note

Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. He began his writing career as a poet but changed to playwriting after witnessing a production of Ibsen's Ghosts in 1937. Williams wrote some of the most important American dramas of the 20th century, winning two Pulitzer Prizes and four American Drama Critic Awards for best play. Many of his dramas were adapted into films, and Williams also wrote screenplays as well as occasional short stories and novels. He died in New York City in 1983.


Collection consists of eight boxes and is divided into seven series: Photographs, numbered and arranged in order as devised by the collection's creator; Magazines and Magazine Articles; Newspaper Articles and Clippings; Reviews, Playbills and Programs; Advertisements, Publicity, etc.; Materials on Lyle Leverich's Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams; and Other Tennessee Williams Material.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA