Herbert Marshall collection of Ira Aldridge, 1831-1977 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Scope and Contents: The Herbert Marshall Collection of Ira Aldridge consists largely of Marshall's manuscripts and research material for his book Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian. The manuscript material is contained in boxes 1 and 2 of the collection and is arranged by chapter, from Chapter I to Chapter XVIII, some containing several drafts of the final version, a preface, and chapter synopses are also included. The rest of Box 2 contains a screenplay, "Ira Aldridge: the African Roscius" with an early draft, two version of Part I with a synopsis, and drafts for other screenplays entitled "Ira Aldridge" and "The Life and Death of Ira Aldridge." There is also a translation by Herbert Marshall of "The King and the Cobbler."