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SHAW: THE PAPERS OF GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950)

From the British Library, London

Part 1: Plays, Poems, Novels and Short Stories

Part 2: Critical Writings, Essays and Fabian Society Material

Part 3: Journalism, Lectures and Autobiographical Material

Detailed Listing - Part 2

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SHAW PAPERS: SERIES II

50593-50743.  Purchased from the residuary legatees of George Bernard Shaw, 9 April 1960, and incorporated in the Department of Manuscripts 8 March 1961.

One hundred and fifty volumes classified as follows:

A.     Plays of G. B. Shaw: 50593-50649.

B.     Poems, Novels and Short Stories: 50650-50658.

C.     Critical Writings and Essays: 50659-50679.

D.     Fabian Society: 50680-50690.

E.      Newspaper and Periodical Articles: 50691-50699.

F.      Lectures: 50700-50705.

G.     Autobiographical Writings and Biographical Memoranda: 50706-50718.

H.     Notebooks: 50719-50739.

I.        Miscellanea: 50740-50743.

Critical Writings and Essays

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50659

The Quintessence of Ibsenism

Published copy, 1891

50659. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxvii (ff. ii+90).  The Quintessence of Ibsenism (1891); published copy with autograph corrections.

Add Ms 50660

The Quintessence of Ibsenism, 1890-1913

50660. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxviii (ff. 182).  'The Quintessence of Ibsenism'; 1890-1913.

1.  ff. 1-22v.  Letters to Shaw concerning Ibsen; 1890-1897.

2.  ff. 22v-182.  Additions and corrections for the 1913 edition.  Shorthand, and typewritten with autograph corrections.

This volume was refoliatedin 2002-2003, but the bound sequence is unchanged.

Add Ms 50661

Fabian lecture material, 1890-1906

50661. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxix (ff. 99).  Fabian lecture material; 1890-1906.

1.  ff. 1-44.  Material discarded from Shaw's Fabian lectures on Ibsen when publishing 'The Quintessence of Ibsenism'; 1890.  Typewritten with autograph corrections.

2.  ff. 45-99.  Material discarded from Shaw's Fabian lectures on Darwin when publishing the Preface to 'Back to Methuselah'; 1906, n.d. Typewritten with autograph corrections.

Add Ms 50662

Collected musical articles, 1885-1945

50662. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxx (ff. vii+136).  Musical articles, etc., collected for an anthology; 1885-1945.  Of these, only 'Critical Report on the Bands of the Salvation Army', at. ff. 116-134, had not been previously published.  Partly shorthand, typewritten and printed.  At ff. ii-vii are C. F. Shaw's notes on publication details.

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Add Ms 50663

Religion and Religions, 1896-1931, nd

50663. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxi (ff. 149).  'Religion and Religions', articles collected by Shaw for a publication which was not completed; 1896-1931, n.d.  Only the following, written in 1922, had not been previously published: ff. 25-38, 'The Infancy of God'; ff. 39-66, 'On Ritual, Religion, & the Intolerableness of Tolerance'; ff. 67-92, 'The Church versus Religion'.  Typewritten and printed with autograph corrections.

Add Ms 50664

Prefaces by Shaw to his own works, 1906-1947, nd

50664. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxii (ff. 161).  Prefaces by Shaw to his own works, and miscellaneous essays; 1906-1947, n.d.  Partly shorthand,  typewritten and printed with autograph corrections.

1.  ff. 1-4.  'The Author's Apology'; 1906.  See also 50599, ff. 54-79.

2.  ff. 5-14.  Preface to 'The Sanity of Art'; 1907.

3.  ff. 15-74.  Preface to the Collected Edition of 1921.

4.  ff. 75-105v.  Materials prepared for the published edition of the correspondence of G. B. Shaw with Ellen Terry; circa 1929.

5.  ff. 106-116.  Materials relating to the prospectus of the W. H. Wise Collected Edition; 1929-1931.

6.  ff. 117-134.  Prefaces and postscripts; 1933-1935.

7.  ff. 135-142.  Essays for the Malvern Festival; 1933-1939.

8.  ff. 143-145.  Biographical essay on Florence Farr; 1941.

9.  ff. 146-151.  'Improving the National Anthem'; 1942, n.d.

10.  ff. 152-157.  'Pugilism', Prefaratory Note; 1947, n.d.

11.  ff. 158-161.  'Pictures', Prefaratory Note; 1940s?

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Add Ms 50665

Contributions and prefaces by Shaw to works by others, 1894-1942?

50665. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxiii (ff. 310).  Contributions and prefaces by Shaw to works by others; 1894-1942?  Partly shorthand, typewritten and printed.

1.  ff. 1-18.  Preface to 'The Theatrical “World” for 1894'.

2.  ff. 19-36.  Chapter XXVII of Cyril Maude's 'The Haymarket Theatre' (1903); 1902.

3.  ff. 37-47.  Preface to W. H. Davies, 'Autobiography of a Supertramp' (1908); 1907.

4.  ff. 48-60.  Notes on Brieux and French drama; circa 1909-1911.  See also 50666.

5.  ff. 61-88.  Preface to 'The W.E.A. Education Year Book 1918'.

6.  ff. 89-170.  Preface to S. and B. Webb, 'English Prisons under Local Government'; 1921-1922.

7.  ff. 171-174.  'Mrs. Besant's Passage Through Fabian Socialism'; 1924?

8.  ff. 175-214.  'How William Archer Impressed Bernard Shaw'; 1926.

9.  ff. 215-227.  Preface to G. H. Thring, 'The Marketing of Literary Property'; 1932.

10.  ff. 228-286.  'Morris as I Knew Him'; 1936.  Marginal annotations in pencil between f. 268 and f. 286 are by William Morris's daughter May.

11.  ff. 287-302.  Preface to Dickens, 'Great Expectations'; 1937?

12.  ff. 303-305.  'Ensor Walters'; 1937.

13.  ff. 306-308.  Preface to MARS [Modern Architectural Research] Group catalogue, 'New Architecture' (1938); 1937.

14.  ff. 309-310.  Comments on Moscow Trials drafted for, but not used in preface to S. and B. Webb, 'The Truth about Soviet Russia'; 1940?-1942.

This volume was refoliated inn 2002-2003, but the bound sequence is unchanged.

Add Ms 50666

Preface to Brieux’s Three Plays, 1909

50666. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxiv (ff. 59).  Preface to Brieux's 'Three Plays'; 1909.  Shorthand.  See also 50665, ff. 48-60.

Add Ms 50667

Technical Socialism, 1900

50667. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxv (ff. i+125).  'Technical Socialism', 'a book which was never published'; circa 1900.  Partly typewritten.

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Add Ms 50668

Commons Sense about the War, 1914-1915

50668. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxvi (ff. 150).  'Common Sense about the War'; 1914-1915.  Shorthand and typewritten with autograph corrections.  The preface to the (unpublished) 1915 reprint is at ff. 146-150.  See also 50483, ff. 78-88.

Add Ms 50669A, B

More Commonsense about the War, 1915-1918

50669 A, B. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxvii a, b (ff. 164, 161).  'More Commonsense about the War'; circa 1915-1918.  Shorthand and typewritten with autograph corrections.

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Add Ms 50670

What I really said in the War, 1930?

50670.  (ff. 47). G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxviii 'What I really said in the War'; 1930?  Partly shorthand; mostly typewritten with autograph corrections.

Add Ms 50671A, B

Peace Conference Hints, 1918, 1919

50671 A, B. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxix a, b (ff. 121, 98).  'Peace Conference Hints, with, at f. 114, the preface to the French edition; 1918, 1919.  Shorthand and typewritten with autograph corrections.

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Add Ms 50672

The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, 1924-1927

50672. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxx (ff. 272).  'The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism'; 1924-1927.  Mostly  shorthand, with some typewritten and autograph corrections.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50673

The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, 1925

50673. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxi (ff. 61).  'The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism', synopsis; 1925.  At ff. 54v-60, in reverse sequence, are notes relating to the Collected Edition; 1929, 1930.

Add Ms 50674

The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, 1928

50674. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxii (ff. ii+272).  The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1928).  Published volume with autograph and typewritten corrections and insertions.

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Add Ms 50675 ff 1-300

Everybody’s Political What’s What, 1942-1944

50675 A, B. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxiii A, B.  'Everybody's Political What's What?'; 1942-1944.  Typewritten with autograph corrections.

50675 A.  Vol. lxxxiii A (ff. 1-300).

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Add Ms 50675 ff 301-627

Everybody’s Political What’s What, 1942-1944

50675 A, B. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxiii A, B.  'Everybody's Political What's What?'; 1942-1944.  Typewritten with autograph corrections.

50675 B.  Vol. lxxxiii B (ff. 301-627).

Add Ms 50676

The Rationalization of Russia, 1932

50676. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxiv (ff. 90).  'The Rationalization of Russia', preface and first chapter only; 1932.  Mostly typewritten with autograph corrections.

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Add Ms 50677A

Articles, lectures etc, 1889-1918

50677 A. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxv a (ff. 165).

1.  ff. 1-25.  'Socialism, Utopian and Scientific'; 1892?

2.  ff. 26-37.  'The Social Danger of Inequality; 1889?

3.  ff. 38-57.  'Socialism and Property'; 1889?

4.  ff. 58-63v.  Answers to a questionnaire on socialism; 1892.  French.

5.  ff. 64-77.  'Advanced Socialism for Intelligent People'; 1909.  Partly shorthand and typewritten.

6.  ff. 78-87.  Drafts for a booklet on 'Equality'; n.d.

7.  ff. 88-92.  Jotted notes for lectures on socialism; n.d.

8.  ff. 93-117.  'How to Settle the Irish Question', newspaper articles and pamphlet version; 1917.

9.  ff. 118-125.  'England's Extremity is Ireland's Opportunity'; 1916.  Typewritten.

10. ff. 138-165.  'War Issues for Irishmen: an open letter to Col. Arthur Lynch'; 1918.  Typewritten.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50677B

Notebook containing draft chapter on education, nd

50677 B. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxv b (ff. 30).  Notebook containing draft chapter on education; n.d.

Add Ms 50678

Miscellaneous correspondence and papers   , 1892-1948

50678. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxvi (ff. 294).  Miscellaneous correspondence and papers; 1892-1948.

1.  ff. 1-102.  Correspondence and papers relating to vivisection; 1892-1948.  Partly printed, copy and draft.

2.  ff. 103-168.  Correspondence and papers relating to St. Pancras Vestry; 1894-1901, n.d.  Partly printed and typewritten draft.

3.  ff. 169-230.  Notes and reports on motor tours; 1909-1925.  Partly shorthand, and printed and typewritten copy.

4.  ff. 231-294.  Correspondence and papers relating to Roger Casement; 1916-1922.  Including, at ff. 247v-254, Casement's autograph notes on G. B. Shaw's typewritten 'Rex vs. Casement', 1916; at ff. 265-275v is Shaw's printed pamphlet of 1922, 'A discarded defence of Roger Casement'.

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Add Ms 50679

Miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1908-1950

50679. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxvii (ff. 399).  Miscellaneous correspondence and papers; 1908-1950.

1.  ff. 1-125.  Papers relating to the Society of Authors; 1908-1946.

2.  ff. 126-164.  Papers relating to the Dramatists' Club; 1909, 1914, n.d.  Partly printed and shorthand.

3.  ff. 165-318.  Correspondence and papers relating to the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre; 1908-1942.  Partly printed and typewritten copy.

4.  ff. 319v-324.  Papers of the B.B.C's Advisory Committee on Spoken English; 1931, 1936.  Typewritten.

5.  ff. 325-374.  Letters and papers relating to shorthand, phonetics and spelling reform; 1941-1948, n.d.  Partly printed. 

6.  ff. 375-385.  'Sixty Years in Business as an Author'; 1945.  Shorthand, followed by typewritten with autograph corrections.

7.  ff. 386, 387.  Printed subscription note of the Shaw Society, undated, and typewritten draft of G. B. Shaw relating to the American Shaw Society; 1950.

8.  ff. 388-399.  Draft prospectus by G. B. Shaw for the British Music Society; 1918.  Shorthand.

The sequence of the volume, from f. 351 onwards, was altered in 2002-2003.

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Fabian Society

Add Ms 50680

Memoranda, reports, ephemera, 1888-1906

50680-50682. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxviii-xc. Memoranda, reports, ephemera, etc., of G. B. Shaw and others, relating to the affairs of the Fabian Society.  Partly printed, typewritten, and draft.

50680.  (ff. 265).  1888-1906.

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Add Ms 50681

Memoranda, reports, ephemera, 1907-1920, nd

50680-50682. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxviii-xc. Memoranda, reports, ephemera, etc., of G. B. Shaw and others, relating to the affairs of the Fabian Society.  Partly printed, typewritten, and draft.

50681.  (ff. 337).  1907-1920, n.d.

Add Ms 50682

Memoranda, reports, ephemera, 1903-1907

50680-50682. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxxxviii-xc. Memoranda, reports, ephemera, etc., of G. B. Shaw and others, relating to the affairs of the Fabian Society.  Partly printed, typewritten, and draft.

50682.  (ff. i+52).  1903-1907.

Add Ms 50683

Lectures by Shaw, 1885-1890

50683-50688. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xc-xcv. Lectures by Shaw, given to or arranged by the Fabian Society.  See also 50661; 50677 A, B.

50683.  (ff. i+173).  1885-1890.

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Add Ms 50684

Lectures by Shaw, 1895-1907

50683-50688. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xc-xcv. Lectures by Shaw, given to or arranged by the Fabian Society.  See also 50661; 50677 A, B.

50684.  (ff. 221).  1895-1907.

Add Ms 50685

Lectures by Shaw, 1908-1910

50683-50688. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xc-xcv. Lectures by Shaw, given to or arranged by the Fabian Society.  See also 50661; 50677 A, B.

50685.  (ff. 269).  1908-1910.

Add Ms 50686

Lectures by Shaw, 1911-1913

50683-50688. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xc-xcv. Lectures by Shaw, given to or arranged by the Fabian Society.  See also 50661; 50677 A, B.

50686.  (ff. 185).  1911-1913.

This volume was refoliated in 2002-2003, but the bound sequence is unchanged.

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Add Ms 50687

Lectures by Shaw, 1914-1916

50683-50688. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xc-xcv. Lectures by Shaw, given to or arranged by the Fabian Society.  See also 50661; 50677 A, B.

50687.  (ff. 258).  1914-1916.

Add Ms 50688

Lectures by Shaw, 1917-1933, nd

50683-50688. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xc-xcv. Lectures by Shaw, given to or arranged by the Fabian Society.  See also 50661; 50677 A, B.

50688.  (ff. 285).  1917-1933, n.d.

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Add Ms 50689

Miscellaneous

Fabian writings of Shaw, 1888-1948, nd

50689. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xcvi (ff. 209).  Miscellaneous Fabian writings of G. B. Shaw, including, at ff. 20-39, prefaces to successive editions of Fabian Essays; 1888-1948, n.d..  Partly draft and printed.  See also 50621.

Add Ms 50690

Fabian publications by Shaw and others, 1884-1930

50690. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xcvii (ff. 250).  Fabian publications by Shaw and others; 1884-1930.  Mostly printed.

1.  ff. 1-36v.  Annual Reports for 1890, 1891, 1906, 1909.

2.  ff. 37-87.  Report of the Special Committee appointed in 1906. Shaw's autograph underlinings and annotations are to be found between ff. 41v and 68.  See also 50682.

3.  (ff. 88-250).  Fabian 'Tracts', Manifestos, etc.; 1884-1930.

The sequence of the volume, from f. 37 onwards, was altered in 2002-2003.

Add Ms 59784

Letters of Shaw mainly concerned with Fabian Society affairs, 1890-1913

59784. G. B. SHAW LETTERS: ten letters of George Bernard Shaw, mainly concerned with Fabian Society affairs, to Edward Reynolds Pease, Secretary of the Fabian Society, 1890-1913; 1890-1900. Purchased at Sotheby's, 23 July 1976, lot 158. See also Add. 50557; 50680; 50681.

Paper; ff. 15. British Library arrangement.

Add Ms 62992

Letters from Shaw relating to disputes in the Fabian Society, 1906-1907

62992. FABIAN SOCIETY: letters, etc., from George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells to Holbrook Jackson, relating to disputes and elections in the Fabian Society; 11 Dec. 1906-15 June 1907. Partly printed. Including (ff. 3-8) 'Reconstruction of the Fabian Society', galley proofs of the speech delivered by Wells at the meeting of 7 Dec. 1906. Related material occurs among the Shaw Papers in Add. 50514, ff. 366, 384, 387; 50515, ff. 9, 11, 23v, 62; 50557, ff. 75-78. Purchased from Bertram Rota, 25 June 1982. See also Add. 50514; 50515; 50557.

Paper; ff. 23. British Library arrangement.

 

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