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Floy Angel Nan Symon (1896-1976)
Papers 1896-1976

MSS 0038


Contents Listing

  1. Correspondence. 1932-75. 10 cm.
    Re Inn Nursery School, 1932-38 and undated.
    (includes draft letter by Symon to the editor of the Advertiser on the aims and origins of the Nursery School.)
    Re preservation of the Theatre Royal, Hobart, 1949-56.
    Re preservation of the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, 1955-62.
    Re proposed demolition of the Elder Conservatorium, 1974.
    Re Adelaide Festival Centre (Trust), 1973-75 and undated.
    Miscellaneous letters and postcards received (including some personal letters, among them letters of sympathy on the death of her sister Kilmeny Symon, but principally from theatre organisations, art galleries and libraries acknowledging gifts and donations), 1937-86.
    [some of the later letters and cards are to/from Mary Clarke]
    Letters (mainly drafts) sent by Miss Symon, 1926 and 1958-77.

  2. Appointment diaries and address books, 1954-55 and undated. 3v.

  3. Papers relating to Brondesbury School. 1912-58. 3 cm.
    School publications and extracts from them, Rules, exam papers, essays by Symon as a student.

  4. Notes and articles by Symon, principally on theatre. undated. 15 cm.
    Notes on Australian theatre, theatre generally, theatres, Shakespeare and on individual performances/performers, including extensive transcripts from contemporary newspapers and secondary sources on the history of theatre in Australia.
    Notes and extracts compiled for Theatre Training Centre voice studies and exercises.
    Typescript articles (by Symon?) on language, literature and personal reflections.
    Notes on 'Sects and Denominations of the Christian World'.
    Some notes on the views set forth in An introduction to five radio plays [Mary Clarke]
    see also Series 9, 12, 13.

  5. ABC Guest of Honour transcripts. 1960-74. 3 cm.
    Sir Donald Wolfit March 1960.
    Norman Marshall April 1962.
    Michael Cardew December 1968.
    Sir Tyrone Guthrie August 1970.
    Clive Barnes August 1974.

  6. Prospectuses, programs, advertisements for various drama, theatre and dance schools, workshops and conferences, with some related correspondence. 1936-61 and undated. 15 cm.
    Including papers from East-West Music Encounter Conference (undated) and International Conference on Theatre History 1955.

  7. Reports, circulars, programs, etc. of various drama, theatre and music organisations, with some related correspondence {see also 'Miscellaneous letters received' in Series 1 above}. c1954-74. 15 cm.
    Including Adelaide University Theatre Guild, Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, British Drama League, British Theatre Museum, International Federation for Theatre Research, League of Audiences, National Music Camp Association and Society for Theatre Research.

  8. Booksellers catalogues, with related correspondence and accounts.c1939-83. Ms lists of items and book catalogues in cases. 40 cm.
    [some of the later correspondence is with Mary Clarke]

  9. Collection of autograph letters. and other theatre memorabilia 1756-1961 .

    9.1. Letters as listed below: addressed to Miss Symon unless otherwise noted.
    Ada Crossley [to Lady Symon], 2 November 1903
    Stewart D. [Hallam?], 14 April 1922
    Vivien Leigh, 4 April 1948
    Eileen Beldon, 5 April 1948
    [Mercia?] Swinburne, 6 April 1948
    Laurence Olivier, 14 April 1948
    Cicely Courtneidge, 29 May 1948
    George W. [Bishop?], 22 November 1955
    H. Hazell, 25 November 1961
    Elaine Montgomerie, undated.

    9.2. Memorabilia includes:
    F.C. [Barnard?] to Boucicault, 15 February 1910
    [V. Setfarisson?] to Mrs Boucicault, 15 August 1924
    Wm. Creswick to E.R. Lownde, 15 February 1877, mounted on card with an illustration of Creswick as Hotspur (in King Henry IV), to George Loveday, 22 November (no year) and to J.L. Toole, 15 November 1880
    Autograph letter of R.W. Elliston to Robertson Esq., 19 April 1827
    D. Garrick to "Dear Sir",18 October 1756
    Note to Henry Irving from Lady Alice Rothschild, asking for a loan of £100, undated
    Note by/on behalf of Edmund Kean to coal merchant Marchant, (1815)
    Wybert Reeve to Mr Sowden (editor Adelaide Register), 5 December 1900, together with cutting of article by Reeve published in the Critic 16 September 1899
    Geo Rignold to "Dear Doctor", 3 January 1905
    Manuscript of lines of Mistress Page (from Merry Wives of Windsor), in the hand of Ellen Terry, undated
    Jerome to Terry, 11 June 1895
    Telegram from Dion Boucicault to Miss Vanbrugh, 29 December 1890
    Memorandum of Agreement between J.L. Toole and Miss Irene Vanbrugh, 1890 (unsigned copy)
    A. Maude Royden to Miss Vanbrugh, 5 July 192[5?]
    Lewis Waller to Frederick Fenn, 20 May 1907 (on Lyric Theatre letterhead)
    Oscar Wilde to "My dear old friend", undated

    9.3. Postcards, tickets etc. principally relating to theatres and stage design.
    see also Series 12

  10. Miscellanea.
    10.1. Copy of contract for lease of the Theatre Royal, Valetta (Malta), with regulations. (1927) unsigned copy.
    10. 2. Journal of Mrs C.M. Petrie, Federal Department of Agricultural Research, Moor Plantatation, Ibadan, Nigeria (re life on the plantation). undated. 33 p. typescript.
    10. 3. Library notice, ms program of an 'Entertainment' on S.S. Ballarat 31 May 1885 and annotated Senate paper of J.H. [Sir Josiah] Symon. 'Manoah Company' program for entertainment 26/2 1896 at Manoah, Upper Sturt. Typescript. 4 items.

  11. Notes and illustrations (postcards) of places visited on a tour of France and England, 1920-21. 1 v. (folio)

  12. Collection of Shakespeare memorabilia, including items relating to Shakespeare festivals and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-on-Avon.
    Programs of events, lectures and exhibitions, pamphlets and cuttings from publications on Shakespeare and Shakespearean drama, performers (incl. Henry Irving), copies of lectures, etc. 15 cm.

  13. Newspaper and magazine cuttings of articles relating to the Theatre.

    13 1. Guardbook of cuttings re the Melbourne theatre and music performances, 1856-67 (most undated). 1 v.
    13. 2. Cuttings on the Adelaide theatre.
    13. 3. Cuttings on theatre in Australia generally.
    13. 4. Miscellaneous extracts on theatre, dance, performers and dramatists.

  14. Photographs.
    Symon family, Allan Wilkie and miscellaneous.
    Postcards and letter cards, c. 1904-77 (most undated).

  15. Card indexes.
    Indexes compiled by Angel Symon to books (title and subject), plays (title), theatre programmes (place, actor, author) and periodicals (title)

Other non-book material received from Miss Symon (after the death of her sister, Mary Clarke, in 1986) has been separately accessioned.
Additional programs, cuttings, book catalogues and correspondence presented by Perdita Eldridge in June 2006 are integrated in existing series.
Theatre illustrations [SR 792 T37428]
Theatre programmes [Theatre 792 T3743]

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