The Philip Bourneuf collection consist of manuscripts, printed material, photographs, correspondence, and other items.
Most of the collection is arranged according to theatrical, film, and television productions with which Bourneuf was involved. Each production includes various items, such as playbills, reviews, photographs, scripts, and so forth, arranged by the title of the production.
Some theatrical productions are from Bourneuf's work with the American Repertory Theatre (1946-1947), and include photographs of Bourneuf putting on his makeup for his role as Caesar in G.B. Shaw's Androcles and the Lion. The other theatrical productions, about ninety in all, date from the 1920s to 1973. These include photos of Frances Reid, Cedric Hardwicke, and Ernest Truex in Androcles and the Lion (1956); photos of Bourneuf as Pope Pius XII in Rolf Hochhuth (adapted by Jerome Rothenberg)'s The Deputy (1965); a photo of Bourneuf in Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma (1954); a sketch of Bourneuf in Jan van Antwerp's The Fireman's Flame (1937) by Richard Whorf; several photos of Bourneuf and others in Shaw's Heartbreak House (1952); photos of Bourneuf and Joan Fontaine in Gerald Savory's Hilary (1959); photos of Bourneuf, June Havoc, and others in Jean Cocteau's The Infernal Machine (1958); photos of Bourneuf and Walter Pidgeon in S. N. Behrman's Lord Pengo (1963); a souvenir book of Rober Sherwood and Irving Berlin's Miss Liberty (1949); photos of Bourneuf and Carol Channing in Shaw's Pygmalion (1953); Bourneuf's working script of Eric Bentley's English adaptation of Pirandello's Right You Are (1952); several photos of Bourneuf in Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth (1955); photos of Bourneuf and others in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (1957); and photos of Bourneuf and the cast in Moss Hart's Winged Victory (1943).
Material for film productions include Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (RKO Radio Pictures, 1956), with several publicity photos; The Big Night (1951); Joan of Arc (1948); The Molly Maguires (1969), including a photos of Bethel Leslie, Sean Connery, Samantha Eggar, Richard Harris, and Bourneuf; and Thunder in the East (1953).
Material for television productions mostly consists of newspaper clippings about the episodes and series. Also present are four photographs of Bourneuf from the series You Are There.
Correspondence in the collection includes several personal and professional letters to and from Bourneuf, dating from 1946 to 1961. Notable correspondents include Maurice Evans, Helen Hayes, Eva Le Gallienne, Robert E. Sherwood, Ernest Truex, and May Whitty.
Photographs in the collection include those mentioned above, as well as several other images of Bourneuf. These photos include several prints of a photo of Bourneuf be Eisenstaedt; Bourneuf as a child; Bourneuf with others; and a photo of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, inscribed to Bourneuf.
Printed material in the collection includes items regarding Bourneuf (1926-1958); playbills from performances attended by Bourneuf, mostly from the 1930s; thirteen engravings of famous English actors in various roles; theatre memorabilia; and other items. Also present are twenty-six issues of Puck, dating from 1887 to 1889.
Manuscripts in the collection include Bourneuf's handwritten notes for performance; a poem; and a prose item.
|1. Bourneuf, Philip, 1912-1980|
|1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide|
|2. Television actors and actresses – United States|
|4. Motion pictures – United States|
|5. Actors -- United States|
|6. Theater – United States|
|8. Television – United States|