Finding Aid for the Kenneth MacKenna Collection of Material About George Bernard Shaw, 1885-1949

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Finding Aid for the Kenneth MacKenna Collection of Material About George Bernard Shaw, 1885-1949

Collection number: 670

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Kenneth MacKenna Collection of Material About George Bernard Shaw,
Date (inclusive): 1885-1949
Collection number: 670
Creator: MacKenna, Kenneth, 1899-1962
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) 1 folder
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) started his writing career ca. 1876 and went on to become a playwright, wit, and critic. He won the Nobel Prize for literature (1925) for his work which is marked by both idealism and humanity, its stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty... He was also known as an advocate of social reform. The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, pamphlets, ephemera, and art objects by, or relating to, George Bernard Shaw.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. Kenneth MacKenna, 1956 and 1959.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kenneth MacKenna Collection of Material About George Bernard Shaw (Collection 670). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233347 

Biography

George Bernard Shaw was born July 26, 1856, in Dublin, Ireland; attended Wesleyan Connexional School; he started his writing career ca. 1876 and went on to become a playwright, wit, and critic; known as an advocate of social reform, he co-founded the Fabian Society (1884); vestryman and borough councilor in London in the late 1880s; Nobel Prize for literature, 1925; among his plays are: Heartbreak house (1920), Man and superman (1905), Back to Methuselah (1922), and Saint Joan (1923); his plays adapted to film include Pygmalion (1938) and Caesar and Cleopatra (1946); books include The intelligent woman's guide to socialism and capitalism (1928) and Everybody's political what's what (1944); he died November 2, 1950.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, pamphlets, ephemera, and art objects by or relating to George Bernard Shaw.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.
Authors, Irish--19th century.
Dramatists, Irish--20th century.

Items Removed from Collection

  • Back to Methuselah. London: Constable & Company.
    Date: 1922.
    Copy signed by roster of actors who appeared in the play. At the end of page Only the author by G. Bernard Shaw (greatly pleased with the Envoy). Catalogued in rare book section.
  • Intelligent woman's guide to socialism and capitalism, London
    Date: 1928.
    5 line inscription to Floryan Sobeniowski, dated 13th July, 1928. Yes: this is a first impression. You can tell by page 442. On the fifth line there is a mistake in grammar: the word were should be was. The first correction made, though not the only one, was of this error. Signed. Catalogued in rare book section.
  • John Bull's other island. How he lied to her husband. Major Barbara. London
    Date: 1907.
    Inscription to Mrs. Emery from G. Bernard Shaw, 13th December 1907. Catalogued in rare book section.
  • Mrs. Warren's profession. London, Grant Richards.
    Date: 1902.
    2 line inscription to J.H. Levy, doughty champion of Personal Rights, holograph, signed, 5th June 1902. Catalogued in rare book section.
  • Moore, Edris - dedication to in Dramatic Opinions and Essays. Signature of G.B. Shaw.
    Date: date August 23, 1917.
    Catalogued in rare book section.
  • Press Cuttings: a topical sketch. London.
    Date: 1909.
    Inscription Mrs. Emery from yours faithfully, G.Bernard Shaw, November 1909. Catalogued in rare book section.
  • What I really wrote about the war. New York, Brentano's
    Date: [1932].
    With lengthy inscription to William Randolph Hearst, dated San Simeon, March 28, 1933. My dear W.R. Nobody will ever know what we two really wrote about the war. Think of the articles we wrote.... think of the truths we might have told... Well, we both got into honorable trouble early in the war and kept in it to the end, etc. Catalogued in rare book section.

Container List

Box 1

2. Beethoven Broadcast by Bernard Shaw. 1927(?). Published: Radio Times, March 1927 with slight alterations.

Physical Description: Typescript carbon copy with corrections and alterations in Shaw's handwriting in ink. 6pp.
Box 1

3. Caesar and Cleopatra. Prologue (as adapted for the Polish stage) 1928(?).

Physical Description: Typescript in English and Polish. 5 and 6pp.

Scope and Content Note

At top of English version holograph note by G.B. Shaw, Prologue written for the Forbes Robertson's farewell performance at Drury Lane and used at Barry Jackson's revival. Adopted to Polish history for the 1928 production by Arnold Szyfmen in Warsaw. Signed. Polish translation signed by Floryan Sobieniowski. Leather slip case.
Box 1

4. Camera Work, no.14. 1906, and Camera Work, no.42/43. 1913.

Scope and Content Note

Contains: G. Bernard Shaw on the London exhibitions, reprinted from the Amateur Photographer, October 1901.
With dedication from Alfred Stieglitz to G.B. Shaw and penciled corrections in the margin.
Box 1

5. Candida. (1893).

Physical Description: Typescript of play with holograph corrections used during rehearsals of original production. In 3 parts with part of Morel. 4 parts, in slip cover. 27pp., 25pp., 20pp. (incomplete) 10pp.

Note

On title page: Janet Achurch Carrington... given to me by G.B.S., March 14, 1893. Mounted on silk, in slipcase.
 

Carrington, Janet Achurch

Note

See: Candida.
Box 1

6. Draft Manifesto submitted to the section by Bernard Shaw. The International Socialist Bureau (British Section) 3rd September 1915.

Physical Description: 11pp.

Note

At head of title page in print Strictly private and confidential. Title page has 8 line holograph notation by G.B. Shaw.
Box 3

7. Dufferin and Ave, Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, Marquis of, 1826-1902. Speeches delivered in India. London 1890.

Note

Copy from Shaw's library with his signature, dated September 24th, 1890. 2 line note in Shaw's handwriting on title page
Box 3

Emery, (Mrs.) Polloc. 1875- .

Note

See: John Bull's other Island.
See: Press Cuttings, London, 1909.
Box 3

Galton, Frank Wallis. 1869- .

Note

See: Metropolitan Borough Council Election.
 

International Socialist Bureau (British section). Draft Manifesto submitted... by Bernard Shaw.

Note

See: Draft Manifesto.
Box 2

9. [Irish Co-operation]. The muddle over the Irish grant.

Physical Description: Holograph manuscript foolscap. 2pp.

Scope and Content Note

Together with printed article as it appeared in The New Statesman, April 12, 1913.
 

Levy, J.H.

Note

See: Mrs. Warren's profession.
 

London reform union leaflet.

Note

See: Metropolitan Borough Council Elections
Box 2

11. Manifesto of English Socialists. May 1st, 1893. Title page written on by Shaw in holograph. explaining how the manifesto came to be written. Approximately 15 lines in holograph.

Physical Description: 8pp. wrappers. 8pp. printed pamphlet, original wrappers.

Scope and Content Note

This wretched affair was the result of a conference at William Morris's house at Hammersmith, lasting through several evenings, at which he attempted the hopeless task of reconciling Hyndman's policy with mine... etc.
Box 2

12. Metropolitan Borough Council elections. 1903. Polling Day, Monday, November 2nd, 8am to 8pm.

Scope and Content Note

  • Progress, not politics. A word to women electors about the Boroough Councils. 4pp. Progressive leaflet no.7.
  • Ten reasons why women should support the progressives at the Borough Council Elections Holograph manuscript by G.B. Shaw. 6pp.
  • Galton, Frank Wallis: The London reform. Union Leaflet.
  • Mr. Shaw's skit thereon (Memorandum by F.W. Galton), July 20, 1931. 1p. typescript, signed.
 

Muddle over the Irish grant.

Note

See: [Irish Co-operation].
Box 2

14. Norman, Clarence Henry, defendant.

Scope and Content Note

Proceedings of a District Court Martial held on the 30th day of June 1916 by order of Major General Sir F. Lloyd, K.C.B., G.V.O, D.S.O.,... Trial of no.25801 Private Clarence Henry Norman, 5th (R) Bn. Grenadier Guards... 34 leaves, printed and typed. (together) with holograph letter from G.B.S to My dear Norman regarding trial, dated August 19th, 1916 and letter of December 1934 from Offices of Simon & Schuster, publishers, New York. re K. McKenna re possible publication of this item.
Box 2

15. Plays, pleasant and unpleasant [Prospectus].

Physical Description: Typescript with holograph corrections, 4pp.

Note

At top of sheet 9 Henrietta St., Covent Garden, London, W.C.
 

Sobeniowski, Floryan

Note

See: Caesar and Cleopatra.
See: Intelligent Woman's guide to socialism and capitalism.
 

Stieglitz, Alfred

Note

See: Camera work.
Box 2

Ten reasons why women should support...

Note

See: Metropolitan Borough council elections.
Box 2

itemno: 17
To the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Dublin... November 28th, 1912.

Physical Description: Galley proof, 1p.

Scope and Content Note

A letter concerning the providing of a suitable gallery for the Sir Hugh Lane Collection of Works of art.

Note

Not recorded in the bibliography of Shaw. Only a few copies were taken for the purpose of circulating others interested in the matter.
Box 2

18. Tolstoy: Tragedian or Comedian. Published: London Mercury. 1921. Copyright: International Magazine Company, New York.

Physical Description: Galley proofs with holograph corrections. 2pp.
Box 2

19. War issues for Irishmen. London. 1918.

Physical Description: 1 signature only, rough proof copy.
Box 2

21. Letters, post-cards and autographed ephemera. 1901- .

Physical Description: 15 pieces, 1 folder.

Scope and Content Note

Letters to P.P. Howe, 1911; Leigh Lovel, 1915; Willard Houghland, 1934. Form-cards re forthcoming publications, cancelled check etc.
Box 2

itemno: 22
Ephemera in printed form. n.d., 1942.

Physical Description: 9 pieces, 1 folder.

Scope and Content Note

Contains such pieces as Bernard Shaw on capital punishment, Dreiser's statement to the Writers' War Board, 1942 concerning his position on war and capitalism, and Shaw on Dreiser, reprinted from PM, 1942. Playbill of Royal Court Theatre, April 9, 1904 for performance of Candida, A note to Androcles and the Lion for the New York production, 1915 etc.

Note

1 piece gift of Dr. Jacob Schwartz.
Box 2

23. Clippings. v.d.

Physical Description: 1 folder.
Box 2

24. Portraits, photos.

Physical Description: 11 pieces, 1 folder.

Scope and Content Note

Photo of J. Epstein's bust of Shaw, 2 photos of L. Knight's oil portrait, clipped caricature of Shaw and Ellen Terry by W. Cotton.
Box 2

25. Material re Kenneth MacKenna's collecting activities.

Physical Description: 1 folder, 13 items.
Box 3

26. Bust, caricature of G.B. Shaw in wood.

Physical Description: 25cm.
Box 3

27. Wire caricature by Ted Weidhaas.

Physical Description: 22cm.
 

itemno: 28
Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent, 1872-1898. Poster for Arms and the Man.

Physical Description: Black and white. 50 × 70 cm.

Note

Stored in map-room with oversized catalogued material.
Box 2

itemno: 29
Shaw, George Bernard. Spoken English & broken English. London: Linguaphone Institute. [1928?].

Physical Description: 12pp., wrappers.
Box 2

30. Shaw, George Bernard. Pamphlets.

Physical Description: (7 items).
Box 2

1. Socialism for millionaires. Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius. n.d.

Box 2

2. Epigrams. Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius. n.d.

Box 2

3. The unprotected child and the law. London: The Six Point Group. n.d.

Box 2

4. The League of Nations. London: Fabian Society. January 1929.

Physical Description: 2 copies.
Box 2

5. Socialism and superior brains: a reply to Mr. Mallock. London: Fabian Society. November 1909.

Box 2

6. Troubetskoy, Prince Paul. Sculpture. With a word by Bernard Shaw. London: P. & D. Colnaghi & Company. December 1931.

Box 2

7. Lloyd, Henry J. Trade unionism for clerks. [1919].

Scope and Content Note

By... and R.E. Scouller. With introductions by The Rt. Hon. J.R. Clynes and G. Bernard Shaw. London: Cecil Palmer and Hayward.
Box 2

31. Henderson, Archibald. George Bernard Shaw. Man of the century. Washington: Reference Department, Library of Congress. 1957.

Box 2

itemno: 32
Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950. Letters to Howard Von Hardenburg Inches. Ayot Saint Lawrence. 1947-1949.

Physical Description: 6 items. Holograph and typescript. These letters have all been laminated.

Scope and Content Note

  • Accompanying the letter of January 8, 1948, is a signed photograph of Shaw.
  • Also: 1 letter to Inches from Shaw's housekeeper, December 1, 1948.

Note

Gift of Howard V.H. Inches, June 1962.