Malcolm Morley Collection

The collection

Nearly 4,000 items devoted to all aspects of theatre, with a particular emphasis on English and American theatre and drama. An important feature of the collection is the many hundreds of play texts and sets of plays such as Dick’s Standard Plays (later Lacy’s Acting Editions) and French’s Acting Editions, most of which were published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection also includes theatrical biographies and memoirs, theatre histories, works on stagecraft, and general works about theatre and drama. The books are complemented by around 85 periodical titles, including serials which provide ‘listings’ of contemporary productions.

 

The collector

Actor-manager and stage director, Malcolm Morley (1890-1966; see Morley, M. ‘Fragmented Autobiography’, Theatre Survey, 11 (1970), 86-98; 12 (1971), 67-78; 13 (1972), 70-80; Nath, G.W. ‘Malcolm Morley’, Theatre Notebook, 20 (1966): 98-99)

 

Acquisition

Given by Morley’s widow, 1966.

 

Access

Catalogued online, 2010/11. For an overview of the collection, do a mixed classmark search on [M.M.C.] (includes a few items added later to the collection) or an author search on ‘Morley, Malcolm’ as former owner.
The collection is held off-site and material requires 48 hours (excluding weekends) to be fetched.

 

Related archives

Malcolm Morley papers, bequeathed by Morley’s widow in 1994.