The Stock mss., 1815-1963, are papers on the theater collected by Keith Lievesley Stock, 1911- , former under secretary, department of economics. They consist mainly of correspondence and autographs of actors, actresses, dramatists, managers, musicians, and other persons connected with the 19th and early 20th century English theater.
The bulk of the correspondence is with Frederick William Hawkins, editor of The Theatre from its inception 1877 to 1879, and 1895 to 1897; and with Malcom Watson, drama critic for the Daily Telegraph and other newspapers from the 1880's into the 1900's. Included is also a letter from John Kemble to his sister's daughter's-in-law brother, William Henry Murray, after the death of Murray's sister's husband, Henry Siddons; a description of an exhibition of the Royal House of Guelph in the New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1891, by the director of the gallery, Charles Emile Halle; correspondence between Frederick Gye, Robert Elliston, and John Poole settling a dispute from an "outrage" perpetrated upon Poole by Elliston at Vauxhall Gardens, July 21, 1826; and a letter by Mrs. Beatrice Stella (Tanner) Campbell about events leading to her first major role as Paula in Pinero's The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.
Among the correspondents are Arthur William þ Beckett, James Albery, William Archer, Winifred Ashton, Mrs. Lina (Rosa) Balfe, Michael William Balfe, John Bannister, Sir James Matthew Barrie, Hezekiah Linthicum Bateman, Mrs. Sidney Frances (Cowell) Bateman, Sir Max Beerbohm, J.B. Sterndale Bennett, Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, Edward Litt Laman Blanchard, Alexander Peter Buchan, Frederick Buckstone, Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, Dame Clara Butt, Henry James Byron, Alfred Cecil Calmour, Mrs. Beatrice Stella (Tanner) Campbell, Joseph William Comyns Carr, Henry Edward Chetwynd-Stapylton, Lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, Mrs. Elizabeth (Knipe) Cobbold, Charles Hayden Coffin, Edward Dutton Cook, Joseph Cradock, Richard Claude Critchett, Peter Davey, Climeson Yelverton Charles Dawbarn, Mrs. Mary (Gladstone) Drew, Robert William Elliston, Benjamin Leopold Farjeon, John Bailey Fernald, Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald, Sir Johnston Forbes- Robertson, Charles Frohman, Sir Arthur John Gieldgud, Mrs. Kate Terry (Lewis) Gieldgud, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, Sydney Grundy, Pauline Hall, Charles Emile Halle, Sir John Hare, John Pritt Harley, Sir Augustus Henry Glossop Harris, Henri Herz, John Hollingshead, Sir Henry Irving, Henry Brodribb Irving, David James, Henry Arthur Johnes, John Philip Kemble, Dame Margaret (Robertson) Kendal, William Hunter Kendal, Walter Lacy, Mrs. Ellen Lancaster-Wallis, Lily Langtry, George Henry Lewes, Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, William Charles Macready, Francis Albert Marshall, Sir John Martin-Harvey, Cyril Maude, Herman Chalres Merivale, William Thomas Moncrieff, Mary Moore, Lilian Adelaide Neilson, Sir Walter Parrate, Alan Parsons, Mrs. Viola (Tree) Parsons, Thomas Edgar Pemberton, James Robinson Planche, John Poole, Cecil Raleigh, George Raymond, Robert Reece, Amy Roselle, Paul Alfred Rubens, George Augustus Henry Sala, Henry Sampson, Clement William Scott, Charles Selby, Sarah Siddons, George Robert Sims, Edward Askew Sothern, William Spalding, Barry Sullivan, Tom Taylor, Alfred Tennyson, baron Tennyson, Fred Terry, John Lawrence Toole, Lady Helen Maude (Holt) Tree, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Hermann Vezin, "Comical" Walker, Arthur Bingham Walkley, Lewis Waller, Charles Warner, Alfred Sydney Wigan, Mrs. Leonora (Pincott) Wigan, William Gorman Wills, Sir Charles Wyndham, Edmund Yates.
In addition to the letters the collection includes an unpublished "Hans Breitmann" poem by Charles Leland entitled Breitmann's Last Ballad (Breitmann's allerletztes Lied) and set to music by Adolph Mann. "These verses were written by Charles Godfrey Leland (Hans Breitmann) for Miss Ethel Harley, now Mrs. Alec Tweedie," is the explanatory note on the front cover. It is followed by five pages of music, and is dedicated to Mrs. Tweedie by Mann, Dec. 30, 1907; Henry James Byron's plot outline for Our Boys, a play first produced in 1875, with the names of the original cast in parentheses; autograph ms. of a libretto for an opera, The Magician's Cave by Quin, in ink with holograph notes in pencil in another hand, with the title and cast of characters in yet another hand, neither the scribes nor the author can be identified, with the Maid of Holland watermark and W. Sellers 1844 counter watermark, thirty pages, 20 x 33cm.; autograph ms. of 78 leaves, 25-27cm., Jack the Giant Killer, an original pantomine, by Oswald Allan, in black ink with corrections in red ink, notes on direction are written on the pages facing dialogue; a souvenir portrait album of eleven leaves, 27cm., of the cast of Christmas Party, a revue which toured Gibraltar and Malta to entertain the troops under the direction of Sir John Gielgud, the photograph of Beatrice Lillie is by Harlip, all others by John Vickers, 1942; Buckstone family Album of 41 leaves, 28cm., 1860-1880, consisting of caricatures and letters by and about the Buckstones and their intimates; two part-books used by Henry Neveille, 1853-1870, 22-25cm.; list of famous clowns, 1837- 1906, compiled by Peter Davey, theater manager, 85 leaves, 26cm.; memorial prepared for Henry Irving to commemorate the opening night of his portrayal of Vandervecken, June 8, 1878, with floral border decorations in color, 29cm.
The printed material includes the personal copy of Theatrum Illustrata by Robert Wilkinson, 1825; a broadside poem, My Father, by Iris Tree, July 4, 1917; and a leaflet of press comments on Michael William Balfe's last opera, Il Talismano, 1874.
Included is also a two-act play, "The Grand Tour," performed at Covent Garden, May 22, 1821, with sub-title "Or Stopped at Rochester"; music and words for "Love is a plaintive song"; and a one-act play, the dell of palms, by Thomas Proclus Taylor.
Collection size: 279 items