Trow, George W. S. (1943-2006)
Scope:
The George W. S. Trow collection consists of manuscripts, correspondences, personal memorabilia, printed material, professional material, film and video, artwork, audio material, photographs, notebooks, and subject files.

Manuscript material in the collection includes drafts of plays and screenplays; books; as well as shorter articles, essays, and speeches from 1964 to 1999.

Draft and notes for the books The City in the Mist (1984); Within the Context for No Context; My Pilgrim's Progress: Media Studies, 1950-1998 (1999); and Letters to Jack and Jacqueline (2008) are included in the collection.

Plays include Elizabeth Dead (1963); Sophocles Ajax: A Modern Version by Robert Auletta (1964); The Tennis Game (1978); Prison-Made Tuxedos (1986); Vanderbilt (1995); The Bob Hope Special Seminar; Five and Dime; Home by Another Way; Prairie Avenue; and miscellaneous pages from unknown or untitled plays.

Screenplays include Savages and Swans, written in conjunction with O'Donoghue, and Carmen, written by Otis Sallid and Jim Glover (1997).

Short works include index cards and text from the speeches "The Possession of Nature" (1987); "Black Rock Forest"; "Studio School Talk"; and "In the Realm of Visible Light" (n.d.). Articles for The New Yorker and other publications include 'Obstruction" (1978); 'Reflections: Events in the Sky" (1983); 'Our Summer of Love" (1989); 'Needs" (1991); 'Towards a Post-War Context" (1992); 'Sound of Waves" (1997); 'Swiftly" (1997); 'You Missed It" (n.d.); 'Spill" (n.d.); 'Cassandra" (n.d.); 'Reflections on the Recent Past: The Goddess Loves the Sailor"; "Base Line Truth"; "Death in Venice, Florida"; "Essays on Masculine Power and Virtue – The New Yorker"; and "How I Came to the New Yorker.".

Short stories and poetry include "Crashing the Rugby Ball" (1970); "The Blue Room" (1970); "Flight" (1989); "The Marriage of Rupert"; "Beat Up in Jail"; "Major"; "A Pocketful of Dreams"; 'Boxing Day"; 'Decline"; 'I'm Not So Bad"; "The Coward" by Dickier Trow; "The Wood Carrier Speaks" by Dorothy Trow (1925); and miscellaneous other incomplete or unpublished pieces.

Correspondence in the collection include personal and professional letters to and from Trow dated 1950 to 1987. Many of these letters regard personal correspondence to and from family members concerning holidays, genealogy, and other family information. Other letters regard event invitations, club memberships, and different stories Trow was working on. Notable correspondents include John Irving, Lillian Hellman, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Personal memorabilia in the collection consists of material regarding Trow's awards, schools, and miscellaneous other materials. These include a 1955 certificate of merit, a perfect attendance award from the Church School at First Presbyterian Church (1954); Trow's membership card from the School Saftey Patrol (1955-56); a plastic library card from Harvard University; U.S. Coast Guard Reserve I.D. issued 1969; an Honorable discharge from the Coast Guard in 1971; a score sheet for a golf game between the Duke of Windsor and Walter Hoving from the Bahamas Country Club; material regarding Trow's recipt of the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; and a piece of linoleum used as part of the "Yellow Brick Road" in the musical The Wiz.

Printed material consists of news clippings, promotional material, obituaries, reviews, advertisements, school related material, postcards, and miscellaneous other material regarding Trow's personal and professional work as a writer and editor from 1837 to 1997. Notable in the collection are flyers advertising Trow's play Vanderbilts showing at the Hyde Park Festival Theatre, as well as photocopies of The New York Times regarding the Vanderbilts; reviews of Trow's book Within the Context of No Context from 1982 and 1993; a copy of the birth and death notice for Trow's grandfather (1837-1872); reviews of Trow's play Prison-Made Tuxedos from 1987; copies of genealogy charts; and numerous issues of The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker from 1966 to 1996.

Professional materials consist of subscription requests for The Pendulum; letters regarding advertisements and jobs; various material for the radio show "Lampoon Quality Theatre;" and various material for the Guggenheim Foundation award.

Film and video consists of two videocassettes. One unlabeled and one labled 'Speech-House-NY Times".

Audio material includes 33 cassettes of from 1920 to 1990 regarding various topics from Milken Dialogues to Newport Historical Society.

Photographs in the collection consist of early family photographs, predominately not dated, of Trow, his siblings, grandparents, and mother and father. Also included are later pictures regarding Trow's personal life including vacations, events, and schooling.

Notebooks in the collection include those used as reporter's notebooks and those used to record information for his books, poetry, and other writings ranging from 1988 to 1994. Most are unlabeled and undated.

Subject files in the collection include the material and headings "Academic;" the Corona Club Exeter papers, themes, etc; "Harvard Papers," "Car and Movie Stuff" (includes signed photos of Clark Cable and Doris Day); New Yorker column proofs; AHMET manuscript 'Exonian – Pendulum;" 'Lampoon Candidacy;" Steve Martin; and issues of The Harvard Lampoon and The Exonian.
Notable Figures
1. Trow, George W. S.
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. New Yorker Magazine Subject Guide
3. LGBT Subject Guide
4. Television Subject Guide
5. Mass Communications Subject Guide