Herbert Marshall collection of Ira Aldridge, 1831-1977
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Brief Description: 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."
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at] lib.siu.edu
Record Series Number: 1/3/MSS 139
Created by: Marshall, Herbert, (1906-1991), Aldridge, Ira Frederick (-1867)
Volume: 8.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1978.
Arrangement: Arranged by type of materials.
Biographical Note for Marshall, Herbert, (1906-1991) :

Herbert P. J. Marshall was a British writer whose career also embraced film making, theatrical direction and design, education and Russian literature.

Marshall was born in 1906 in East Ham London, England. He studied film making in Moscow in the 1930's with the Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, and spent the last twenty years of his life as director of the Center for Soviet and East European Studies in the Performing Arts at Southern IllinoisUniversity in Carbondale. He had retired there in 1979 as distinguished professor of Soviet Literature and Theater Arts.

Mr. Marshall also founded theatrical groups, served as director of the Old Vic Theater in London, was a consultant on theatrical architecture, and produced films and directed plays in the Soviet Union, England, Spain, India and the United States. His films include "Thunder Rock," in 1942, starring Michael Redgrave, and "Tinker," which won the Edinburgh Festival Film Award in 1949. He also translated scores of Russian poems, plays and short stories and wrote more than a dozen books and screenplays, including his book on Ira Aldridge: "The Negro Tragedian". He died in 1991 at the age of 85 in Cowfold, West Sussex, England. He was survived by his wife Fredda Brilliant, a Polish-born actress and sculptor.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Aldridge, Ira Frederick, d. 1867.
Marshall, Herbert, 1906-1991
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Russian [rus]
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Acquisition Notes: Gift
PreferredCitation: [Item], Herbert Marshall Collection of Ira Aldridge, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.