Supporting Collections

New Directions Publishing Corp. records, circa 1933-1997
Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-2019
The New Directions archive includes over four decades of correspondence between Williams and his publisher, James Laughlin. It also includes contracts, annotated typescripts, proofs, promotional materials, and book jackets.

James Laughlin papers, circa 1929-1997
James Laughlin’s papers contain correspondence with Maria St. Just regarding the Williams estate and the licensing and publication of plays.

Gore Vidal papers, 1838-2010
Gore Vidal was close friends with Williams. His papers include photographs of their travels, correspondence, a screenplay he wrote for Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), and other writings about Williams. Letters from Maria St. Just to Vidal often discuss Williams.

Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal in Italy, 1948. View details.  Houghton Library

Beyond Harvard

Collections related to Tennessee Williams are also held by the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, Columbia University Libraries, and The Historic New Orleans Collection.