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Identifier: A0245

Title: William Glasgow Bruce Carson Collection, 1818-1962


William Glasgow Bruce Carson (1891-1976), whose maternal grandfather was William Carr Lane, the first mayor of St. Louis, earned his bachelor and master of arts degrees in English from Washington University in 1913 and 1916. He also studied journalism at Columbia University. For 38 years he was a professor of English and dramatics at Washington University; more than 90 plays written by students in his class were eventually produced, and many of his former students became theatrical successes, among them playwright Tennessee Williams, Broadway producer David Merrick, and actress Mary Wickes. Mr. Carson was active for many years in the Missouri Historical Society, and was given the society's Lifetime Award in 1965 for his many books and articles on the cultural history of St. Louis and Missouri.

Letters (1821-1835) of Nathaniel Ewing, father of Mrs. William Carr Lane, concerning the political issues of the 1820s, expressing some emphatic opinions about Andrew Jackson and Thomas Hart Benton; letters of Susan Larkin to William Glasgow, 1830; letters in the 1850s from Anna E. Lane, of Washington, D.C., to her sister Mrs. William Glasgow, describing the fashions, matters at the Capitol, and activities of the U.S. Senate, which she visited almost daily; correspondence between Anna and Sarah Lane (who lived with her mother in Europe during the Civil War); correspondence with Madame Philippine Duchesne concerning the education of the Lane daughters; items include lottery tickets; letters concerning conditions of the tobacco industry (particularly the crop of 1850 in Howard County, Missouri); material relating to conditions en route to and in California, 1850; correspondence of William and Sarah Glasgow, 1940s, and letters to William and James Glasgow; notebook of Mat Field containing schedule of plays performed, characters played, and comments on the performances, 1835-1836; theater programs, 1882-1926; and articles from various theatrical magazines. Later material in the collection includes correspondence of James O. Carson, 1904, and William Glasgow Bruce Carson, 1952-1956, regarding his historical research; typescript of Carson's manuscript for "Peter and Brownie Follow the Trace," the story of the experiences and adventure of a boy of 12 who might have accompanied one of the wagon trains which crossed the Santa Fe Trail during the 1850s (book was published in 1965); typescript of William Carr Lane's diary, 1853, microfilmed by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, August 1954; typescripts of Lane letters, 1853-1854; and research notes. Also includes a typescript copy (three volumes) of the diary of George Barton Berrell regarding the seventh annual season of DeBar's Opera House, St. Louis, 1876-1877, with notes on Berrell.

Indexed in the archives card catalog.

3 boxes

Cite as: William Glasgow Bruce Carson Collection, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1818-1962

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Carson, William G. B. (William Glasgow Bruce), 1891-1976

Subjects: Politics and government
Clothing and dress
Trade routes
Books and reading
Tobacco industry


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