University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Alfred S. Shivers:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Maxwell Anderson Research Materials at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Shivers, Alfred S., 1929-
Title: Alfred S. Shivers Collection of Maxwell Anderson Research Materials
Dates: 1970s-1980s
Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence, personal papers, family memoirs, photographs, and transcripts of interviews with Anderson and with Anderson's family and friends compiled by Professor Shivers for his three bio-bibliographical works on the playwright.
Extent: 4 boxes (1.68 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

This collection of research material on American playwright Maxwell Anderson was compiled by Prof. Alfred S. Shivers of Stephen F. Austin State University in preparing his three bio-bibliographical works on Anderson. The collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Correspondence, Series II. Research Material, and Series III. Transcripts of Interviews.

The correspondence in Series I. consists primarily of Anderson's immediate and extended family members, as well as his former students and theater colleagues. Series II. contains research material, listed in the order in which Shivers arranged the folders. Included are personal papers, family memoirs, photographs, and Anderson's 1956 oral history interview. The last series contains transcripts of interviews with family members and friend Lotte Lenya, among others.

Interview tapes and a video tape of Anderson's home movies, received with the collection, have been transferred to the Ransom Center's Sound Recordings and Photography and Film Department respectively.



Open for research

Administrative Information


Purchase, 2000 (Reg. no.14804)

Accessioned by:

Liz Murray, 2001

Alfred S. Shivers (Anderson Research Materials)--Folder List

I. Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Anderson, Alan
2 Anderson, Donald
3 Anderson, Gilda
4 Anderson, Hesper
5 Anderson, Jane McDill
6 Anderson, John Kenneth
7 Anderson, Lawrence
8 Anderson, Mab
9 Anderson, Margaret E. Haskett
10 Anderson, Quentin
11 Axlrod, Libbe Higger
12 Camp, Arthur
13 Chambers, Glen Avery
14 Chambers, Lela
15 Cooper, Charles W.
16 Hamilton, Lloyd R.
17 Hargrove, Marion
Box Folder
2 1 Hulme, Kathryn
2 Langer, Elinor
3 Lenya, Lotte
4 Loomis, Hallie (Craytor)
5 Mulvehill, Tom
6 Norvelle, Lee
7 Odeski, Thomas F.
8 Orms, Melvin T.
9 Poor, Anne
10 Reagan, Esther
11 Waldo, Edna LaMoore
12 Wharton, John F.
13 Zimmer, Mrs. Margaret H.

II. Research Material

Box Folder
2 14 Breuer, Bessie. Photocopy of her novel "Take Care of My Roses"
Anderson, Maxwell
Box Folder
2 15 Part of his diary, photocopy
16 Poems in the diary of Josephine Herbst
17 Anderson, Hesper. Memoir "Someone Else"
18 Chambers, Lela. "Life," a history of the Anderson family through 1975
Box Folder
3 1 Movie promotion materials related to the filming of MA's novel "Morning, Winter and Night"
2 Birth certificates
3 New City, N.Y. map
4 Wm. Lincoln Anderson, letter relating to him
5 Death certificates
6 Hesper's poems (copies)
7 Emma Stephenson Harper's memoir of the Anderson forbears
8 Ethel Mae Chambers "Out of Dark and Bright," notes from memoir
9 MA's transcript from Ohio State University
10 Picture of MA with article
11 Marriage certificates
12 Mab and Margaret's burials
13 Max's funeral ceremonies
14 MA's oral interview, May, 10, 1956 at Columbia Univ.
15-17 Photographs

III. Transcripts of Interviews

Box Folder
3 18 Anderson, Alan
19 Anderson, Gilda
20 Anderson, Hesper
Box Folder
4 1 Anderson, Kenneth
2 Anderson, Lawrence
3 Anderson, Lulu
4 Anderson, Meg
5 Anderson, Nancy
6 Anderson, Quentin
7 Anderson, Terence
8 Chambers, Avery
9 Chambers, Blanche
10 Chambers, Lela
11 Green, Paul
12 Green, Mrs. Paul
13 Hargrove, Marion
14 Lenya, Lotte
15 Sloane, Julie