Bell, Mary Hayley (1911-2005)
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The Mary Haley Bell collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and audio recordings.

Manuscripts by Bell in the collection include her novels Avolena (T. V. Boardman, 1957); Whistle Down the Wind: A Modern Fable (T. V. Boardman, 1958); and Far Morning (Heinemann, 1962), as well as her autobiography What Shall We Do Tomorrow? (Cassell, 1968).

Manuscripts for plays by Bell include Men in Shadow (premiered at the Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1943); Dear Enemy (ca. 1945); Feather on the Water (ca. 1948); and The Uninvited Guest (premiered in 1953); as well as several unproduced plays: The Cloudy God; The Hungry Month; Journey North; Scorpion Grass; Treble Key; Two Harlequins ; and Violence is the Enemy .

Manuscripts for screenplays by Bell include an adaptation of her novel Whistle Down the Wind, as well as Sky West and Crooked (under the title Bats with Baby Faces ; dated March 1965). Unproduced screenplays include Hermit Crabs, Sharp Flats, Something to Love, and Nanny and the Professor (a synopsis of a story with suggested dialogue).

Other manuscripts by Bell consist of two fragments, titled Only Luke Was With Me and Goodbye Mrs. Browne . Also present in the collection are remarks by Bell and John Mills at an event at the Boston University Mugar Memorial Library, 1977.

Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of letters regarding Bell’s plays, including Men in Shadow (1943-1946); Duet for Two Hands, British and American productions (1944-1948); Dear Enemy (1945-1949); Angel (1946-1947); Feather on the Water (1948); Foreign Field (1951-1953); and The Uninvited Guest (1952-1953). Included in the letters are several playbills and a few scene sketches. Notable correspondents include Bruno Barnabe, Hugh Beaumont, Maurice Evans, Trevor Howard, Martita Hunt, Garson Kanin, Monica McCall, John Mills, Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill, and Alan Webb.

Photographs in the collection include four production stills (black and white prints) of John Mills in various plays, as well as a few other prints of Bell, Mills and their family and friends.

Printed material includes mounted clippings regarding Bell (1932-1935); a scrapbook of clippings about Bell’s Australian tour (1937-1938); book reviews and playbills (1947-1972); two items regarding Hayley and Juliet Mills; and the published serialization of What Shall We Do Tomorrow? in Woman and Home magazine (1968-1969).

Audio recordings include long-playing photograph records of Foreign Field, Sky West and Crooked, Sweet River by Hayley Mills, and William Walton’s Command Performance: Words Spoken to the Queen by John Mills, 1953. Tape recordings in the collection include The Uninvited Guest (recorded at Blackfriars Theatre) and Monkey On His Back.
Notable Figures
1. Bell, Mary Hayley
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
4. Women dramatists, English
5. English drama – 20th century
6. English literature – Women authors
7. English literature – 20th century
8. Women authors, English
9. Audiotapes
10. Photographs