Richard S. Weiner Collection of George Bernard Shaw

Manuscripts, Proof, etc.

  • Common Sense About the War. Typescript, with additional holograph pages, some in shorthand.
  • Shaw's Rhyming Dictionary. Holograph, with original photographs by Shaw.
  • Wellcomes' Photographic Exposure Record and Diary. 1904.

The collection contains numerous smaller manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, questionnaires and acting copies. While not enumerated here, they are available in the unpublished departmental finding aid.


The collection has over 1500 Shaw letters, including major sequences with the following: Charles Macdona, Gilbert Murray, Sean O'Casey, Hugh Beaumont, Tauschnitz & Co. [Curt Otto], Georgina Gillmore [Mrs. Musters], Mary Grey/James Fagan, F. L. Leipnik, Siegfried Trebitsch, Ivor Montague, Nugent Monck, C. K. Ogden, Lewis Casson/Sybil Thorndike, Cecil Lewis, Sydney Grimson, E. Rimbault Didbin, and Hugh Rees.

A complete list of correspondents can be had from the Special Collections Department.

Art Works Relating to Shaw

The collection contains a large number of visual Shaw items, including cartoons by Max Beerbohm, paintings, drawings, hundreds of photographs (by Shaw and others), satiric attacks and other renditions of Shaw.

Books By and About Shaw

Over 1000 titles by or about Shaw are part of the Collection, many inscribed and annotated. Most, however, have not to date been catalogued.

Miscellaneous Items

Including playbills, Shaw ephemera and correspondence to Shaw or relating to the English stage.