Researching Stephen Joseph: The University Of Manchester

Manchester University holds the most significant archive resources relating to Stephen Joseph within the John Rylands University Library's Special Collections.

The Stephen Joseph Papers were given to the university following Stephen's death due to his long links with the university. The extensive collection of papers relate to his entire life including the formation of Studio Theatre Ltd, which formed the basis for The Library Theatre, Scarborough (now the Stephen Joseph Theatre) and the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (now the New Vic).

The catalogue for the collection describes the 'Scope And Content' as: "The collection consists mainly of correspondence, much of which has retained its original arrangement. From 1955 to 1961, the letters are arranged alphabetically within years. Following the establishment of a permanent company at the Victoria Theatre in Stoke, the letters are divided into those for Scarborough and Stoke, and are no longer sorted alphabetically, instead being in chronological order. There is a large amount of especially detailed correspondence concerning the disagreement between Stephen Joseph and Peter Cheeseman over the Victoria Theatre. There is also much private correspondence from Stephen Joseph's friends and family, as well as more professional letters relating to his work at Manchester University, his position in the ABTT, his visits to, and contact with, America, and his writing career. In addition, there are many original manuscripts of books, articles and open letters. as well as plans and photographs which illustrate his work. "

The Stephen Joseph Papers are regarded as one of the most important collections of material relating to this pioneer of British Theatre during the 1950s and 1960s.

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