Joseph E. Wright Papers

Identifier: MSS.0532

Scope and Contents

This one linear foot collection contains five series in 38 file folders:

Series I contains ephemeral items related to George Bernard Shaw

Series II contains incoming correspondence from a teacher and her class who attended a production of Hamlet

Series III contains a poem written by Donald Davidson to the cast of the first Singin Billy production

Series IV contains prompt books for plays

Series V contains theatre programs.


  • 1931 - 1968

Biographical Note - Joseph E. Wright

Joseph E. Wright (1918-) was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He received is B.S. from Memphis State College in 1938; his M.A. from Northwestern University in 1946; and completed additional graduate work at Columbia University. He served in the military during World War II. During his life he produced plays for highschool and college students, adults, and military personnel. Joseph Wright began his employment with Vanderbilt University in 1946 as Assistant Professor of Dramatics and Public Speaking. In addition to his teaching duties in dramatic literature, he served as Director of the Vanderbilt University Theatre. He retired in 1986.


1.26 Linear Feet

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This collection contains material related to theatre, plays, George Bernard Shaw, and Donald Davidson and was donated by Joseph E. Wright.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Joseph E. Wright.

Finding Aid for the Joseph E. Wright Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


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