Walter and Jean Kerr Papers, circa 1920-1993

Summary Information

Title: Walter and Jean Kerr Papers
Inclusive Dates: circa 1920-1993

  • Kerr, Walter F., 1913-1966
  • Kerr, Jean, 1923-2003
Call Number: U.S. Mss 27AN; Audio 505A; Audio 1052A; Disc 505A; M2004-120

Quantity: 56.4 cubic feet (111 archives boxes, 68 volumes, and 2 packages), 17 tape recordings, and 16 disc recordings; plus additions of 8.3 cubic feet, 36 photographs, and 6 tape recordings

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Walter Kerr, playwright and drama critic, and his wife Jean Kerr, humorist and playwright; the collection documents their individual and their collaborative careers. For their New York productions such as King of Hearts (1954), Mary, Mary (1961), and Poor Richard (1964), there are scripts, musical scores and recordings, photographs, notes, clippings, correspondence, and financial records. Also included are materials relating to Walter Kerr’s teaching, and his career as a theater critic. Jean Kerr’s writings are represented by correspondence and financial and legal material for Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1957), and drafts of three collections of her free-lance articles. Among many prominent correspondents in the collection are W.H. Auden, Richard Burton, Carol Channing, Oscar Hammerstein II, Moss Hart, Helen Hayes, Hubert H. Humphrey, Elia Kazan, Clare Boothe Luce, Fredric March, Mary Martin, Groucho Marx, Richard Rodgers, William Saroyan, Gloria Swanson, and Tennessee Williams.

Language: English

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