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Herbert Marshall collection of Ira Aldridge, 1831-1977 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Herbert Marshall collection of Ira Aldridge, 1831-1977Add to your cart.

ID: 1/3/MSS 139

Primary Creator: Marshall, Herbert, (1906-1991)

Other Creators: Aldridge, Ira Frederick (-1867)

Extent: 8.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged by type of materials.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1978

Subjects: Aldridge, Ira Frederick, d. 1867., Marshall, Herbert, 1906-1991

Languages: English, Russian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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."

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Aldridge, Ira Frederick, d. 1867.
Marshall, Herbert, 1906-1991

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 package

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Preferred Citation: [Item], Herbert Marshall Collection of Ira Aldridge, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian InventoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Introduction, 2 versionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapters I-IVAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapters V-VIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapters VIII-XIAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapters XII-XVIAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapters II-VAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapters VI-VIIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapter VII, 2 draftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapter XVIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Chapter XVIII, 3 draftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian Footnotes for Chapters 1-XVAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Further Research on Ira Aldridge, The Negro TragedianAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian and other projects Appendix 1, The Roles of Ira Aldridge, 2 draftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian and other projects Queries on the final versionAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian and other projects Pages 12-447, incompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian and other projects Preface, Chapter Synopses, pp. 18-409, incompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian and other projects Notes and miscellaneous unnumbered pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Screenplay, "Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius"Add to your cart.
111 pp., photocopy
Folder 7: Screenplay, "Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius"Add to your cart.
Early draft, 2 versions of part 1
Folder 8: Screenplay, "Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius"Add to your cart.
Synopsis, Part II, 23 pp.
Folder 9: Screenplay, "Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius"Add to your cart.
Manuscript pages 2-102a, incomplete
Folder 10: Screenplay, "Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius"Add to your cart.
screenplay draft
Folder 11: Screenplay, "Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius"Add to your cart.
draft, with a note saying "old version of the play, redone 1990"
Folder 12: Other Herbert Marshall Manuscripts/Projects: Ira AldridgeAdd to your cart.

"Ira Aldridge," 20 pp.

"The King and the Cobbler," translated by Herbert Marshall, 22 pp.

"The Life and Death of Ira Aldridge," draft, 7 pp. and synopsis story outline for film, 5 pp.

Folder 13: "The Art and Roles of Ira Aldridge," original draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "The Art of Ira Aldridge"Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Black Theatre: Its Playwrights and Directions," 57 pp.Add to your cart.

"The Favourite of Heaven," 2 version

"Ononoko: A Tragedy," by Thomas Southern, Esq., 38 pp.

"Viginny Mummy: A Negro Farce," 13 pp.

"William Tell, the Swiss Patriot," by the Africa Roscius, 4 pp.

Folder 2: "The Queen of Sheba," by Viola Hall, Act III.Add to your cart.
Letter, December 10, 19[?], from Viola Hall to Mrs. Robeson, TLS, 1 p.
Folder 3: "Very Rough Translation of S. Durylin's Ira Aldridge,"  including short hand notes, Chapters I-VIIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Roles, repertoire, chronology of appearancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Synopsis of plays and copies of playbills arranged chronologicallyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Typed copies of reviews of the performances of Edmund Kean, Charles Macklin and Ira Aldridge, 1741-1849Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Typed copies of reviews of Ira Aldridge, 1850-1866Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Typed copies of reviews of Ira Aldridge in Polish, German, and Czechoslovakian,  including biographical sketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Playbills: (see also pkg. 1)Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Background material from various sources dealing with the history of the slave trade, abolitionist reforms and the New York Free SchoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Background material from various sources dealing with the American Theatres, Soviet Theatre, Political Clubs of New York CityAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Background material from various sources dealing with British Theatre and Ira Aldridge as an actorAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous notes: Handwritten and typed pages including 3x5 cards and library slips from the British MuseumAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Printed research material: Newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets and articles from booksAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Memoir and Theatrical Career of Ira Aldridge - The African Roscius," 36 pp.  Notes on items 1 to 60 of  "Memoir and Theatrical Career of Ira Aldridge"Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Excerpts from articles on Ira Aldridge and his career collected from various sourced including announcements of some appearances and of his death and a copy of the birth certificate of his daughter, Frederica AldridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Article manuscript "Ira Aldridge in Zagreb, Yugoslavia 1853"  by John F. AndrewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Amanda Aldridge collected materials, including a letter from Fenner Brockway, House of Commons, London 1956 and a copy of the birth certificate of Ira Aldridge’s daughter, Frederica AldridgeAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Music Scores: Lurannah and Opossum Up a Gum TreeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: 1831-1866, typed and photocopies of letters from Ira Aldridge to theatre managers, family and friends; and letters to Ira Aldridge from J.A. Coates, Grenville Murray, and Ira Daniel AldridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs and renderings: Ira Aldridge, his family, and friends and other Shakespearean actorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, March 10, 1955-October 21, 1962 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Membership forms, minutes, programs, receipts, and accounts bookAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Plany production of the Natya Sangh Theatre Company in Bombay and notes entitled Body Training for Actors by Lasar GalpernAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: The British-Caribbean Association Newsletter, Number 6Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence: October 28, 1949-April 15, 1977 - Letters from Hugh Hunt of the Old Vic Theatre Company, Russian translators, Mildred Stock and librarians to Herbert MarshallAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Russian material; Letters to Herbert Marshall from Ukrainian translator, and manuscripts of the Ukrainian translation of Herbert Marshall's "Ira Aldridge,"  and news clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Reviews of Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian by Herbert Marshall and Mildred StockAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence and notes concerning Paul Robeson and Ira AldridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence concerning Herbert Marshall's works on Ira AldridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Wayne Patton visit to Southern Illinois University to discuss Aldridge filmAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Ira Aldridge Conference in Poland, 1986 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Ira Aldridge Conference in PolandAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Ira Aldridge Conference ParticipantsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Bernth Lindfors "The African Roscius" and collected Aldridge topical information for presentationAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: The Aldridge Players, "The Negro Little Theatre of St. Louis"Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Tales of the Past," V. N. Davidov, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "King and the Cobbler"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Book reviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Ira Aldridge SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Reviews, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Duplicate translated letters and scripts (including Othello)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1854-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence --xeroxed, 1831-1866Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence and PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Glass PlatesAdd to your cart.
Item 2: DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Item 3: PosterAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Tregears Black Jokes - Miss Whites birthday party, engraved by Hunt W. SummersAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Theatre-Royal, Newcastle.  A Trip to America.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1826 January 26. (3 copies)
Item 2: Theatre-Royal. Oroonko, or the Royal Slave.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1827 March 14.
Item 3: Theatre-Royal, Bristol. OBI, or, Three-Fingered Jack.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1830 March 26. (2 copies)
Item 4: Surrey Theatre.  Smuggler's Fate.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1833 April 17. (3 copies)
Item 5: Royal Pavillion Theatre.  Othello.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1833 November 11. (2 copies)
Item 6: Theatre Arbroath.  Slave.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1848 October 31. (2 copies)
Item 7: Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh.  Othello.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1849 February 19.
Item 8: Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh.  Paul and Virginia.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1849 February 22.
Item 9: Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh.  Pizzaro, or The Death of Rolla.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1849 February 26.
Item 10: Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh.  Oroonko.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1849 February 28.
Item 11: Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh.  The Revenge.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1849 March 1.
Item 12: Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh.  Oroonko.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1849 March 3.
Item 13: Prince's Theatre-Royal. The Savage of the Rock, Father and Son.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1849 December 7.
Item 14: Theatre-Royal, Bristol.  Othello.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1850 March 18.
Item 15: Theatre-Royal, Cambridge.  The Slave.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1850 September 10.
Item 16: Theatre-Royal, Cambridge.  Brigand.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1850 September 21.
Item 17: Stadt-Theatre zu Leipzig.  Othello.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1852 November 23. (2 copies)
Item 18: Stadt-Theatre zu Leipzig.  Othello.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1852 December 3.
Item 19: Theatre-Royal, Haymarket.  Othello.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1865 August 21, 23, 15. (2 copies)
Item 20: Theatre-Royale15. Do Somethin' Addy Man, or The Black Alcestis.Add to your cart.
Performed on [year?] September 13. (2 copies)
Item 21: Othello, or the Moor of Venice, and OBI, or Three Fingered Jack.Add to your cart.
No date of performance.
Item 22: Othello. Playbill printed by W. Reynolds, 9 Exeter Street, Strand, from the British Museum.Add to your cart.
No date of performance. (2 copies)
Item 23: Theatre-Royal, Covent Garden. Nell Gwynne.Add to your cart.
Performed on 1833 May 29. (2 copies)
Item 24: Map - "Sketch of the Aquisitions of Russia since the Accession of Peter 1st to the Throne"Add to your cart.
Item 25: Unidentified music score sheet.Add to your cart.
Item 26: "The African Roscius: Opinions of the Press"Add to your cart.
Item 27: Lodzer Thalia-Theater. Aldridge-Concert. [russian]Add to your cart.
Performed on 1890 April 29. (2 copies)
Item 28: "Program"Add to your cart.
(2 copies)
Item 29: List of encapsulated and non-encapsulated playbills.Add to your cart.

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