Papers of William Poel
Identifier: MS 31
Correspondence (mostly incoming, some outgoing), producer's archives, authorial archives, and printed ephemera from English actor, theatre manager, and producer William Poel (1852-1934). Mrs Poel ("E.C.P") and Savage seem to have annotated the material; some items had been annotated by Poel prior to his death.
- approximately 1895-1934
- Poel, William, 1852-1934 (Person)
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No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of William Poel
William Poel was born William Pole in London, England in 1852. As a child he posed for pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt and as an adult had a long career in the theatre. In 1894 he founded the Elizabethan Stage Society, which held performances with minimal scenery and amateur casts in an attempt to approximate more closely what Shakespearean theatre would have been like. Poel's stagings of Shakespeare's plays greatly influenced Shakespearean productions throughout much of the 20th century. Poel also helped revive interest in other Elizabethan playwrights, including Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson.
3.5 Linear Feet (8 document cases)
Other Finding Aids
See the attached for a detailed list by lettered section (A,B, etc) and item: ksrl.sc.poelwilliampapers.pdf.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
O.D. Savage (as Mrs Poel's executor), London, April 13, 1957.
- Guide to the William Poel Collection
- Papers of William Poel
- Finding aid prepared 1990. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
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- Finding aid written in <language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
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- Preferred citation
Papers of William Poel, Department of Special Collections, MS 31, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas