Photographs and Artwork

Scene design for A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947. View details.   Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library

Tennessee Williams family photographs and other materials, 1885-1964
Williams’ childhood years are documented in four photograph albums, one of which was compiled by his sister Rose.

Scene design by Jo Mielziner for A streetcar named Desire: drawing, 1947
Jo Mielziner designed the set for the Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire (1947).

Lucinda Ballard papers, 1939-1986
Lucinda Ballard designed the costumes for the Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire (1947). Her papers include a costume sketch for Blanche Dubois and a letter to Ballard from director Elia Kazan.

Angus McBean photographs, 1936-1970
Angus McBean photographed the London premieres of The Glass Menagerie (1948), A Streetcar Named Desire (1949), Summer and Smoke (1951), and Garden District (1958). He also took studio portraits of Williams. (Garden District was the title given to the double-bill of Suddenly Last Summer and Something Unspoken.)

Alix Jeffry photographs, 1952-1974
Alix Jeffry documented New York theater from 1952 through the mid-1980s. Her archive include photographs for Off-Broadway revivals of The Glass Menagerie (1956), A Streetcar Named Desire (1956), and The Rose Tattoo (1966)—all at New York City Center—in addition to Summer and Smoke (1956) and The Yellow Bird (1963).

Audrey Cruddas designs for Camino real, 1957
31 costume designs for the London premiere of Camino Real directed by Peter Hall.

Costume Designs by E. Read for Cat on a hot tin roof, circa 1969-1970
17 costume sketches likely for two different productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Tennessee Williams self-portrait: painting, 1978
Williams created many paintings during his lifetime, some of which are still in private hands. This self-portrait is the only example at Harvard.