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Zelda Sears papers

Zelda Sears papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Zelda Sears papers
Creator: Sears, Zelda, 1873-1935
Creator: Wiswell, Louis C.
Inclusive Dates: 1910-1941
Language(s): English
Extent: 3.2 Linear Feet (344 items in 6 boxes)
Collection Number: ms189
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Zelda Sears (1873-1935), an actress and playwright, married Louis C. Wiswell, a theatrical manager.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers documenting the career of Zelda Sears and her husband, Louis C. Wiswell, from 1910-1941. Includes scrapbooks, correspondence, telegrams, notebooks, scripts, photographs, and music scores. The scrapbook contains mostly clippings (1910-1911) relating to "The Nest Egg", a play in which Sears starred. The notebooks contain anecdotes, jokes, quips, and brief outlines, evidently to be used in some of Sears' plays. The scripts are mainly of plays written by Sears', with a few written by others. The collection also includes short stories, scenarios, and lyrics written by Sears; photographs of plays particularly "The Nest Egg" and "The Show Shop"; and some correspondence and telegrams to Zelda and her husband from such show business people as Billie Burke, George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern, Jeanette MacDonald, and E.D. Starr.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Zelda Sears papers, ms189, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Actresses -- United States.
Scripts (documents)
Theater -- United States.
Women dramatists -- United States.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11"Adjoining Rooms"
12Adjoining Rooms Act II Script
13Adjoining Rooms Act III Script
14Adjoining Rooms Script
15The Balcony Walker Script
16The Clinging Vine Script
21"Katydid" Script
22"Lady Billy" Script
23"Lady Billy" Script
24"Lollipop" Script
25"Lollipop" Script
26"A Lucky Break" Script
31"The Magic Ring" Script
32"The Scarlet Woman" Script
33"The Scarlet Woman" Script
34"Shavings" Script
35"The Temporary Widow" Script
36"Undertow" Script
41Burke, Billy - Letters
42Cohan, George M. - Letters
43Kern, Jerome - Letters
44Greenwood, Albert - Letters
45MacDonald, Jeanette - Letters
46McFarland, Ethel - Letters
47Marquis, Mrs. Don
48Stair, E. D. - Letters
49Wood, Peggy - Letters
410Woods, A. H. - Letters
411Letters, Miscellaneous
412Manager's Agreement
413Short Story - "Devices of Desire"
414Short Story - "Eustace"
415Short Story - "Out of The Fourth Demension"
416Short Story - "Overplayed"
417Short Story - "The Wide Horizon"
418Untitled Short Story
419Play Script "The Fat Head"
420Scenario "Azure Shore"
421Scenario "A Blond for the Night"
422Scenario "Free & Easy"
423Scenario "Glittering Trinket"
424"The Left Over"
51Song Sheets "The Clinging Vines"
52Song Sheets "Lady Billy"
53Song Sheets from Various Musicals
54American Magazine
55Red Book, 1927
56Musical Lyrics - Miscellaneous A-L
57Musical Lyrics - Miscellaneous M-Y
58Scripts - Unknown Artists
59Untitled Story
510Untitled Family Story
511Untitled World War I Story
512Untitled N. Y. Life Comedy
6Pictures: Scenes from "The Nest Egg"
6Pictures: Scenes from "The Nest Egg"
6Pictures: Zelda Sears
6Pictures: Scenes from "The Show Shop"
6Pictures: Scenes from "The Show Shop"
6Pictures: Scenes from "The Show Shop"
6Pictures: Scenes from unidentified plays