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Correspondence with R. Baird Shuman

Call Number: RH MS P915


R. Baird Shuman is an author and biographer who wrote a biography of William Inge, and corresponded with him throughout the 1960s. After Inge's suicide in 1973, Shuman corresponded with Inge's sister, Helene Inge Connell. The collection includes letters from Inge to Shuman, one letter from Shuman to Inge, and two letters from Inge's sister to Shuman.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1974


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biography of William Inge

William Motter Inge (1913-1973) was born in Independence, Kansas. He studied speech and drama at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1935. He received his Master's degree from George Peabody College at Nashville, Tennessee in 1938. He worked as a teacher, laborer, and theater critic. He is best-known as a playwright and novelist. In his lifetime he earned both a Pulitzer Prize for Picnic and an Academy Award for the screenplay to the motion picture Splendor in the Grass. His later works did not achieve this same acclaim and this lack of notice is believed to have played a factor in his suicide in 1973 at the age of 60.


3 folders ; 25 x 38 cm.

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Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence from 1963 to 1974, between R. Baird Shuman and William Inge, and upon Inge's death, between Shuman and Helene Inge Connell.

Physical Location

RH MS P915

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, R. Baird Shuman, 1988

Related Materials

Inge, William Peter Stansky's William Inge Collection RH MS 1249

Inge, William William Inge Collection 1950-1976, RH MS 165

Inge, William Correspondence with Mendy Weisgal RH MS 1304

Guide to the William Inge Collection
Correspondence with R. Baird Shuman
Finding aid prepared by hc, 2014; revised by mhr, 2015
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
William Inge Collection, RH MS P915, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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