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Guide to the Oscar Serlin Collection of George Bernard Shaw Materials, circa 1896-1970

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.Serlin, Oscar, 1901-, collector
Title: Oscar Serlin Collection of George Bernard Shaw Materials
Dates: circa 1896-1970
Quantity: 3 cubic ft. (3 boxes, 5 oversize folders)
Abstract: Portraits of George Bernard Shaw, as well as photographs, a notebook, and memorabilia relating to Shaw.
Forms of Materials: portraits, photographs, notebook, memorabilia

Biographical Note

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was one of the most important writers in English to emerge during the second half of the nineteenth century. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Shaw moved to London in 1876, where he rose to fame as a playwright, journalist, arts critic, political essayist, and polemical speaker. Best known now as a dramatist, Shaw wrote plays that addressed most of the important philosophical, religious, social, economic, and political issues of his time. The influence of his drama was immense and, as the portraits in this collection suggest, that influence extended beyond the literary and into the visual arts.

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Scope and Content Note

Portraits of George Bernard Shaw, as well as photographs, a notebook, and memorabilia relating to Shaw.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Martin-Harvey, John, Sir, 1863-1944

Subjects:

  • Portraits, American.
  • Portraits, European.

Document Types:

  • Portraits

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Mark Seidl, January 2012.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oscar Serlin Collection of George Bernard Shaw Materials, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection prcessed by Mark Seidl, January 2012.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in August 1977 as a gift from Mrs. Oscar Serlin.

Custodial History

These materials were collected by film and theater producer Oscar Serlin over the course of his career.

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Series List

Series I. Portraits, circa 1897-1955

This series consists of portraits of G. B. Shaw by several American, British, and other European artists. Arranged alphabetically by artist's name.

Series II. Miscellaneous Materials, circa 1985-1926

This series consists of a variety of items by or related to Shaw, including a notebook and memorabilia such as a portrait medallion and 5 postcards printed with form regret messages. Also included are photographs, mainly of actor Sir John Martin-Harvey costumed for or performing in a 1926 production of Shaw's play The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet. Arranged alphabetically.

Container List

Series I. Portraits

2.1 Berger, Oscar
Map Case Cotton, William D.
2.2 Garfield, Frances O'Brien
2.3 Havens, James D.
2.4 Hirschfeld, Albert
2.5 Hoffman, Irving
Map Case Leaver, Noel Harry
2.6 Marcus, Seymour
1.1 Mrowzewski, Stefen
1.2 Mrowzewski, Stefen
2.7 Mrowzewski, Stefen
2.8 Norkin
1.3 Roos, Birger
2.9 Roos, Birger
Map Case Roos, Birger
2.10 Rovson, John
1.4 Sandar, Barry
2.11 Sappol
2.12 Shaw, George Bernard
1.5 Stone, Walter King
3.1 Tittle, Walter Ernest
3.2 Tittle, Walter Ernest
3.3 Tittle, Walter Ernest
3.4 Topolski, Feliks
3.5 Topolski, Feliks
3.6 Topolski, Feliks
Map Case Topolski, Feliks
3.7 Tukob, M.

Series II. Miscellaneous Materials

1.6 Unidentified artist. Portrait medallion of Shaw.
1.7 Notebook and photos. Notebook by Shaw and photograph of Sir John Martin-Harvey in costume for The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet.
1.8 Portraits, photographs. 1 photograph of Shaw, photographs of Sir John Martin-Harvey in costume for and performance in The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet.
2.13 Postcards. Form regret messages declining a variety of requests.
Offices Scott, Ralph C. Bronze statue of Shaw
1.9 Silhouettes. Figures in theatrical costume.
1.10 Proofs to Great Expections
4.1 Scrapbook presented to Shaw by William Randolph Hearst
Map Case Unidentified sketches. For "Martin-Harvey in 'The Devil's Disciple'" broadside

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