Zelda Sears papers

Zelda Sears papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Sears, Zelda, 1873-1935
Creator: Wiswell, Louis C.
Title: Zelda Sears papers
Dates: 1910-1941
Quantity: 3.2 Linear feet (344 items in 6 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms189

Biographical/Historical Note

Zelda Sears (1873-1935), an actress and playwright, married Louis C. Wiswell, a theatrical manager.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers documenting the career of Zelda Sears and her husband, Louis C. Wiswell, from 1910-1941. Includes scrapbooks, correspondence, telegrams, notebooks, scripts, photographs, and music scores. The scrapbook contains mostly clippings (1910-1911) relating to "The Nest Egg", a play in which Sears starred. The notebooks contain anecdotes, jokes, quips, and brief outlines, evidently to be used in some of Sears' plays. The scripts are mainly of plays written by Sears', with a few written by others. The collection also includes short stories, scenarios, and lyrics written by Sears; photographs of plays particularly "The Nest Egg" and "The Show Shop"; and some correspondence and telegrams to Zelda and her husband from such show business people as Billie Burke, George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern, Jeanette MacDonald, and E.D. Starr.

Index Terms

Actresses--United States.
Scripts (documents)
Theater--United States.
Women dramatists--United States.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Zelda Sears papers, ms189, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11"Adjoining Rooms"
2Adjoining Rooms Act II Script
3Adjoining Rooms Act III Script
4Adjoining Rooms Script
5The Balcony Walker Script
6The Clinging Vine Script
21"Katydid" Script
2"Lady Billy" Script
3"Lady Billy" Script
4"Lollipop" Script
5"Lollipop" Script
6"A Lucky Break" Script
31"The Magic Ring" Script
2"The Scarlet Woman" Script
3"The Scarlet Woman" Script
4"Shavings" Script
5"The Temporary Widow" Script
6"Undertow" Script
41Burke, Billy - Letters
2Cohan, George M. - Letters
3Kern, Jerome - Letters
4Greenwood, Albert - Letters
5MacDonald, Jeanette - Letters
6McFarland, Ethel - Letters
7Marquis, Mrs. Don
8Stair, E. D. - Letters
9Wood, Peggy - Letters
10Woods, A. H. - Letters
11Letters, Miscellaneous
12Manager's Agreement
13Short Story - "Devices of Desire"
14Short Story - "Eustace"
15Short Story - "Out of The Fourth Demension"
16Short Story - "Overplayed"
17Short Story - "The Wide Horizon"
18Untitled Short Story
19Play Script "The Fat Head"
20Scenario "Azure Shore"
21Scenario "A Blond for the Night"
22Scenario "Free & Easy"
23Scenario "Glittering Trinket"
24"The Left Over"
51Song Sheets "The Clinging Vines"
2Song Sheets "Lady Billy"
3Song Sheets from Various Musicals
4American Magazine
5Red Book, 1927
6Musical Lyrics - Miscellaneous A-L
7Musical Lyrics - Miscellaneous M-Y
8Scripts - Unknown Artists
9Untitled Story
10Untitled Family Story
11Untitled World War I Story
12Untitled N. Y. Life Comedy
OS BoxFolder
Pictures: Scenes from "The Nest Egg"
Pictures: Scenes from "The Nest Egg"
Pictures: Zelda Sears
Pictures: Scenes from "The Show Shop"
Pictures: Scenes from "The Show Shop"
Pictures: Scenes from "The Show Shop"
Pictures: Scenes from unidentified plays