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Ronald Watkins (1904-2001) was a Shakespeare scholar and stage director. He taught for many years at Harrow School, where he produced Shakespeare plays with student actors on a stage modeled after Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Watkins also authored books on Shakespeare, including Moonlight at the Globe (1946)and  On Producing Shakepeare (1950). The Watkins collection includes personal correspondence, extensively annotated prompt books and other production notes, lecture notes, drafts of books and articles, art work (by Maurice Percival, C. Walter Hodges, and others), reviews and other clippings, photographs, sound recordings, and personal memorabilia.

Biographical and Historical Note

Arthur Ronald Dare Watkins (1904-2001) was born in Kingston Hill, Surry and educated at Eton and Cambridge. He joined the staff of Harrow School in 1932, teaching English and Classics. In 1948 he married Margaret "Bunty" Watson Brown. Throughout his long career, in stage productions, lectures, and writings, Watkins argued for the primacy of language in Shakespeare's plays and attempted to discover and replicate how Shakespeare himself staged and produced the plays.

In 1940 a German bomb severely damaged the Harrow Speech Room. When Watkins produced his first Shakespeare play -- Twelfth Night -- at Harrow School in 1941, the damaged stage lacked a proscenium curtain and stage lighting. Watkins turned these problems to his advantage, realizing that the minimalist conditions of his stage were similar to those of Shakespeare's own theater.

Inspired by the work of John Cranford Adams, Watkins gradually transformed the Harrow Speech Room into an approximation of an Elizabethan stage. The Shakespeare productions became an annual tradition at Harrow, and between 1941 and 1964, Watkins staged 21 plays. In 1952 some of Watkins's former student actors formed the Old Harrovian Players, and this alumni company returned each year to present its own Shakespeare play at Harrow.

In 1962 Watkins's friends David and June Gordon (Lord and Lady Aberdeen) invited him to direct a Shakespeare play at Haddo House, their country estate in Aberdeen, Scotland. The concert hall at Haddo House was converted into an Elizabethan stage, and Watkins put on a Shakespeare production there in alternate years from 1962 to 1970.

Watkins retired from his teaching post at Harrow in 1964 and embarked on a 20-year career as a traveling lecturer, touring Europe, the United States, and Canada to promote "The Cause." In 1965 and 1967 he was visiting professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he directed a production of King Lear (1967) and received an honorary doctorate (1976). Watkins donated his library and personal papers to Wake Forest University in 1999.

Watkins's publications include Moonlight at the Globe (Michael Joseph, 1946) and  On Producing Shakespeare (Michael Joseph, 1950; reprinted by Benjamin Blom, 1964). He also co-authored, with Jeremy Lemmon, the series  In Shakespeare's Playhouse. Watkins donated the manuscript of his final work,  Why Not Ask Shakespeare? (Winston-Salem, NC: Stratford Books, 2002), to Wake Forest. The manuscript was edited by Prof. Don Wolfe of Wake Forest University and published posthumously.

Watkins was an ardent supporter of Sam Wanamaker's project of reconstructing Shakespeare's Globe Theatre near its original site in London. Watkins was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1996 "for services to the Globe." Watkins died in 2001, at the age of 96.

Collection Overview

The Watkins collection includes personal correspondence, extensively annotated prompt books and other production notes, lecture notes, drafts of books and articles, art work (by Maurice Percival, C. Walter Hodges, and others), reviews and other clippings, photographs, sound recordings, and personal memorabilia.

Collection Inventory

  • Correspondence (Correspondence is filed alphabetically by author. Some files include copies or drafts of letters written by Ronald or Bunty Watkins.)
    • Adams, Jack (1951-1986) box 1 folder 1
    • Adams, John Cranford (1967-1982) box 1 folder 2
    • Allen, John (1994-1996) box 1 folder 3
    • Anderson, Robert (1982-1995) box 1 folder 4
    • Andrews, Dennis (includes letter from RW) (1954) box 1 folder 5
    • Arlott, John (BBC) (1946) box 1 folder 6
    • Askew, Reginald (1990-1994) box 1 folder 7
    • Bailla, Hugh (1995) box 1 folder 8
    • Baker, Tillie (1990) box 1 folder 9
    • Balcon, Jill (1959) box 1 folder 10
    • Banbury, John (Michael Joseph, Ltd.) (1948-1951) box 1 folder 11
    • Barber, John ( Daily Telegraph) (includes letter from RW) (1982) box 1 folder 12
    • Beevor, Lucy (1994) box 1 folder 13
    • Barnes, Hazel (1997) box 1 folder 14
    • Barker, Felicity (1995) box 1 folder 15
    • Bayley, Peter (1962) box 1 folder 16
    • Bell, Maude (undated) box 1 folder 17
    • Black, Dorothy (1952) box 1 folder 18
    • Blair, M. C. A. (undated) box 1 folder 19
    • Blair, Michael (1985) box 1 folder 20
    • Blom, Benjamin (includes letters from RW) (1964-1968) box 1 folder 21
    • Blunt, Wilfred (1953) box 1 folder 22
    • Boas, Alastair (1989) box 1 folder 23
    • Boas, Guy (includes letter from RW) (1953) box 1 folder 24
    • Brigstocke, Jeremy (1989-1990) box 1 folder 25
    • Briley, John (1953-1954) box 1 folder 26
    • Brook, Peter (1951) box 1 folder 27
    • Brooks, Harold (1973-1974) box 1 folder 28
    • Brown, Ivor (1952) box 1 folder 29
    • Browne, Edward Martin (1947-1953) box 1 folder 30
    • Bruford, Rose (1956) box 1 folder 31
    • Butler, Robin (1993-1994) box 1 folder 32
    • Byrne, Muriel St. Clare (includes letter from RW) (1947-1955) box 1 folder 33
    • Carlisle, Christopher, with 32p. typescript entitled  "From Rotondi to Moosburg"  (1990) box 1 folder 34
    • Card, Maurice (1971) box 1 folder 35
    • Cliffe, Cedric (undated) box 1 folder 36
    • Clough, Celia M. (1950) box 1 folder 37
    • Clough, Dennis (1987-1990) box 1 folder 38
    • Cobin, Martin (1967) box 1 folder 39
    • Coghill, Neville (1955) box 1 folder 40
    • Colby-Sprague, Arthur (1971-1972) box 1 folder 41
    • Coles, Dennis (includes letter from RW) (1952) box 1 folder 42
    • Costa (1964) box 1 folder 43
    • Couper, Thomas (Michael Joseph, Ltd.) (includes letters from RW) (1966-1969) box 1 folder 44
    • Croft, Michael (1957) box 1 folder 45
    • Cruso, Francis (1952-1964) box 1 folder 46
    • Cunningham, Dolora (1988-1990) box 1 folder 47
    • Darlington, W. A. (includes letter from RW) (1953-1964) box 1 folder 48
    • De Baule, Cecil (1948) box 1 folder 49
    • Dodding, Jim (1994) box 1 folder 50
    • Dowell, Thomas (1956) box 1 folder 51
    • Daryanani, Rafael (1990) box 1 folder 52
    • DuVivier, R. A. C. (1954) box 1 folder 53
    • Easton, Hugh (undated) box 1 folder 54
    • Ellis, Roger (1954) box 1 folder 55
    • Emmet, Alfred E. (includes letter from RW) (1953) box 1 folder 56
    • Ferguson, Howard (1952) box 1 folder 57
    • Fergusson, James (includes letter from RW) (1962-1971) box 1 folder 58
    • Firth, John (1954) box 1 folder 59
    • Foster, H. (1953) box 1 folder 60
    • Francke, Sylvia (Rose Bruford Training College of Speech and Drama) (1962) box 1 folder 61
    • Gibbon, L. F. (1952) box 1 folder 62
    • Gibson, Rex (1994) box 1 folder 63
    • Gilchrist, John H. (1952) box 1 folder 64
    • Glasgow, Mary (1954) box 1 folder 65
    • Glenn, Robert (1964) box 1 folder 66
    • Glover, Janet M. (1952) box 1 folder 67
    • Goldsmith (1980) box 1 folder 68
    • Goodacre, Mrs. (1954) box 1 folder 69
    • Gordon, David, Marquess of Aberdeen (1962-1970) box 1 folder 70
    • Grant, David (undated) box 1 folder 71
    • Graves, John (1945) box 1 folder 72
    • Greig, J. R. M. (1964) box 1 folder 73
    • Griffiths, Anne (1997) box 1 folder 74
    • Griffiths, D. T. (Town Clerk, Borough of Southwark) (includes letters from RW) (1951) box 1 folder 75
    • Gruber, Christian P. (1966) box 1 folder 76
    • Hankey, Elizabeth (1959) box 1 folder 77
    • Hansen, Siri Fischer (1988) box 1 folder 78
    • Hargreaves, Gerald (1958) box 1 folder 79
    • Harper, David L. (includes letter from RW) (1951) box 1 folder 80
    • Harris, Bill (1991) box 1 folder 81
    • Harris, Herbert (1945-1994) box 1 folder 82
    • Hertzeler, Jim (1968) box 1 folder 83
    • Hodges, C. Walter (1951-1997) box 1 folder 84
    • Holland, Isabelle C. (J. B. Lippincott Co.) (includes letters from BW) (1965-1966) box 1 folder 85
    • Hosley, R. (letter from RW) (1954) box 1 folder 86
    • Hotchkis, G[?] (1971) box 1 folder 87
    • Hudson, A. K. (1952) box 1 folder 88
    • Hull, Basil (1954-1956) box 1 folder 89
    • Irons, Peggy (1987) box 1 folder 90
    • Jackson, Barry (includes letter from RW) (1948-1949) box 1 folder 91
    • Jacques, Madeline (National Training College of Domestic Subjects) (includes letters from RW) (1955-1962) box 1 folder 92
    • Jacques, Thora (includes letters from RW) (1954) box 1 folder 93
    • James, Robert (Headmaster, Harrow School) (includes letters from RW) (1953-1962) box 1 folder 94
    • Jenkins, Bernard (1947) box 1 folder 95
    • Jenkins, Roger (undated) box 1 folder 96
    • Jones, Peter (King's College Library) (undated) box 1 folder 97
    • Joseph, Bertram (1952) box 1 folder 98
    • Keith, T. N. ( London Times) (includes letters from RW) (1975-1976) box 1 folder 99
    • Kennedy, A. L. (1958) box 1 folder 100
    • Keown, Eric (1956) box 1 folder 101
    • King-Farlow, Denis (1958) box 1 folder 102
    • Kitching, A. L. (1952-1956) box 1 folder 103
    • Knott, A. T. (Bursar, Harrow School) (includes letters from RW) (1955) box 1 folder 104
    • Knaub, Richard (University of Colorado) (1967) box 1 folder 105
    • Konecny, Jerry (1977) box 1 folder 106
    • Kraft, Barry (1 audiocassette) (undated) box 9
    • Krauss, F. F. (includes letter from RW) (1964) box 1 folder 107
    • Lacey, Ron W. (1958-1960) box 1 folder 108
    • Lee, Hugh (Charleston Trust) (circa 1988-1989) box 1 folder 109
    • Lemmon, Jeremy (includes letters from RW) (1954-1996) box 1 folder 110
    • Levete, Michael (1972) box 1 folder 111
    • Love, Kenneth J. (1956) box 1 folder 112
    • Lunt, Stover B. (1951) box 1 folder 113
    • Lusty, Robert (Michael Joseph Ltd.) (includes letters from RW) (1946-1960) box 1 folder 114
    • MacKinley, E[?] (1959) box 1 folder 115
    • Marshall, Herbert (includes letter from RW) (1954) box 1 folder 116
    • Matthews, M. J. (1951) box 1 folder 117
    • McAllister, Judith (Michael Joseph Ltd.) (1963) box 1 folder 118
    • McEnnerney, Matthew (undated) box 1 folder 119
    • Mendl, Jim (1988) box 1 folder 120
    • Miles, Bernard (includes letters from RW) (1947-1969) box 1 folder 121
    • Millard, Lionel (1954) box 1 folder 122
    • Moore, R. W. (Headmaster, Harrow School) (1943-1949) box 1 folder 123
    • Moore, D. (includes letter from RW) (1957) box 1 folder 124
    • Moss, Monty (1993) box 1 folder 125
    • Mulgrue, Cheryl (with obituary for Theo Crosby) (1994) box 1 folder 126
    • North, Roger (127) box 1 folder 127
    • Orrel, John (1995) box 1 folder 128
    • Oulagi, David (1954-1964) box 1 folder 129
    • Page, Colin (includes letter from RW) (1953) box 1 folder 130
    • Papineau, V. J. (1962) box 1 folder 131
    • Payne, Ray (1956-1987) box 1 folder 132
    • Pearson, F. S. G. (1990-1994) box 1 folder 133
    • Pease, Ian (undated) box 1 folder 134
    • Percival, Maurice (includes letter from RW) (1949-1972) box 1 folder 135
    • Perch, Gerald (undated) box 1 folder 136
    • Petch, Adrian (1977) box 1 folder 137
    • Pickasen, Rose (1968) box 1 folder 138
    • Pillbrook, Roger (1964) box 1 folder 139
    • Plumaree, Eve (1971) box 1 folder 140
    • Purdom, C. B. (includes letters from RW) (1950-1952) box 1 folder 141
    • Rachman[?], David (1957-1958) box 1 folder 142
    • Rayfield, G[?] (undated) box 1 folder 143
    • Rees, Simon (1988) box 1 folder 144
    • Richardson, Roger (includes letters from RW) (1978) box 1 folder 145
    • Rissik, David (1999) box 1 folder 146
    • Roberts, Rosemary (includes letters from RW) (1951-1952) box 1 folder 147
    • Rosenfeld, Sybil (undated) box 1 folder 148
    • Ryan, John (1954-1982) box 1 folder 149
    • Sandoe, James (includes letters from RW) (1950-1967) box 1 folder 150
    • Sharpe, Gerald (includes letters from RW) (1951-1982) box 1 folder 151
    • Shattuck, Charles (1955-1956) box 1 folder 152
    • Sheppard, J. T. (1950) box 1 folder 153
    • Shillan, David (1949) box 1 folder 154
    • Silk, Colin (1955-1959) box 1 folder 155
    • Simpson, D. A. J. (1976) box 1 folder 156
    • Spottiswoode, Patrick (Globe Theatre) (includes letters from RW) (1983-1998) box 1 folder 157
    • Stanier, R. S. (1952) box 1 folder 158
    • Stewart, Anne (1954) box 1 folder 159
    • Stockdale, Louise (1964-1965) box 1 folder 160
    • Straton-Ferrier, Brian (includes letters from RW) (1941-1990) box 1 folder 161
    • Strong, Jon (1994) box 1 folder 162
    • Stuart, Alice (1996) box 1 folder 163
    • Summerson, Henry (1996) box 1 folder 164
    • Thomas, Anthony (1952) box 1 folder 165
    • Thomka[?], G. M. (1966) box 1 folder 166
    • Thompson, James (1961) box 1 folder 167
    • Timpson[?], George F. (1962) box 1 folder 168
    • Tinsley, Mark (undated) box 1 folder 169
    • Treasure, G. R. R. (1976-1995) box 1 folder 170
    • Trevelyan, Raleigh (Michael Joseph Ltd.) (includes letter from RW) (1963-1964) box 1 folder 171
    • Trevelyan, R. C. (1947) box 1 folder 172
    • Trewin, J. C. (1956) box 1 folder 173
    • Verney, L. J. (1943) box 1 folder 174
    • Walker, Roy (Theatre Magazine) (includes letters from RW) (1952) box 1 folder 175
    • Walton, Sydney (1944-1957) box 1 folder 176
    • Wanamaker, Charlotte (1994) box 1 folder 177
    • Wanamaker, Sam (includes letters from RW) (1974-1993) box 1 folder 178
    • Wang, Arthur (includes letter from RW) (1966) box 1 folder 179
    • Warman, Mark (1982) box 1 folder 180
    • Watson, James A. S. (includes letter from RW) (1951) box 1 folder 181
    • Welfare, Simon (1982) box 1 folder 182
    • Whitcombe, Guy (1962) box 1 folder 183
    • Whitworth, Geoffrey (1947) box 1 folder 184
    • Williamson, John (undated) box 1 folder 185
    • Wilson, J. Dover (1966) box 1 folder 186
    • Wilson, Sandy (1949-1990) box 1 folder 187
    • Wood, John (includes letter from RW) (1952) box 1 folder 188
    • Worsley, T. C. (includes letter from RW) (1954) box 1 folder 189
    • A-Z first name only box 1 folder 190
    • Illegible signatures box 1 folder 191
  • Theatrical Productions (1941-1972) (The files for the Harrow and Haddo House productions contain Watkins's working scripts for each production. These prompt books consist of disbound published editions of each play, with the pages pasted into large ledger books. Watkins's annotations-- stage directions and other notes -- appear in the margins, and other ephemera is often laid or pasted into the ledgers.)
    • Harrow School Productions (1941-1972)
      • Twelfth Night  (1941) box 2 folder 1
      • Henry V  (1942) box 2 folder 2
      • Macbeth  (1943) box 2 folder 3
      • Midsummer Night's Dream  (1945) box 2 folder 4
      • Julius Caesar  (1946) box 2 folder 5
      • Henry IV  (1947) box 2 folder 6
      • Macbeth  (1949) box 2 folder 7
      • Twelfth Night  (1950) box 2 folder 8
      • Hamlet  (1951) box 2 folder 9
      • Midsummer Night's Dream  (1952) box 3 folder 1
      • King John  (1953) box 3 folder 2
      • Much Ado About Nothing  (1954) box 3 folder 3
      • As You Like It  (1955) box 3 folder 4
      • King Lear  (1956) box 3 folder 5
      • Love's Labours Lost  (1957) box 3 folder 6
      • Merchant of Venice  (1958) box 3 folder 7
      • Antony and Cleopatra  (1959) box 4 folder 1
      • Henry V  (1962) box 4 folder 2
      • Julius Caesar  (1964) box 4 folder 2
      • King Lear (Old Harrovian Players) (1972) box 4 folder 4
    • Haddo House Productions (1962-1970)
      • Macbeth  (1962) box 5 folder 1
      • Hamlet  (1964) box 5 folder 2
      • I Henry IV  (1966) box 5 folder 3
      • Midsummer Night's Dream  (1968) box 5 folder 4
      • King Lear  (1970) box 5 folder 5
    • University of Colorado at Boulder (1967)
      • King Lear  (1967) box 5 folder 6
    • Unidentified Productions
      • Prompt book for unidentified production(s) of King Lear box 5 folder 7
      • 3 pages manuscript notes on unidentified productions box 5 folder 7
  • Lectures and Literary Productions
    • Books
      • Why Not Ask Shakespeare? box 6 (Watkins donated the unpublished manuscript of Why Not Ask Shakespeare? to Wake Forest University, along with the rest of his papers, in 1999. Wake Forest arranged to put out a commemorative edition of this work, which edited by Prof. Don Wolfe and published by Stratford Books (Winston-Salem, NC) in 2002.Files relating to Why Not Ask Shakespeare? include correspondence between Don Wolfe and Southern Illinois University Press regarding publication potential; an annotated typescript; page proofs and galley proofs.)
    • BBC Radio Broadcasts
      • Annotated typescript entitled The Climax of the Iliad: in English, for speaking  (1930 July)
      • Correspondence between Maurice Balme and a BBC archivist regarding Watkins's BBC broadcasts
      • Photocopy of manuscript programme logs for Watkins (1933-1946)
      • Photocopy of "The Arts Today Experiment -- Talk No. 2" by Ronald Watkins (1946 November 13)
    • Lectures
      • Shakespeare
        • "Teaching Shakespeare" box 7 folder 1
        • "On Shakespeare" (annotation on binder reads "20 mins for Junior High Schools") box 7 folder 2
        • Plays
          • Hamlet box 7 folder 5
          • Julius Caesar box 7 folder 6
          • King Lear box 7 folder 7
          • Macbeth ("Lecture 1") box 7 folder 8
          • Midsummer Night's Dream (with BBC radio lecture on Peter Quince) box 7 folder 9
          • Romeo and Juliet ("Burbank Junior High May 10, '76") box 7 folder 10
          • Twelfth Night box 7 folder 11
      • Other Subjects
        • "Three Lectures on Comedy" box 7 folder 12
        • "Teaching of Poetry" box 7 folder 13
        • "Practice of Poetry" (BBC radio?) box 7 folder 14
        • Samson Agonistes by John Milton (3 lectures) box 7 folder 15
    • Articles, Reviews, and Speeches box 7 folder 16
      • Carbon copy of address on Shakespeare productions at Harrow; annotation reads "For LIMELIGHT, the bulletin of the Harrow Theatre Group" (1950 December)
      • Review (draft) of J.W. Draper's The Twelfth Night of Shakespeare's Audience  (circa 1950)
      • "Thus With Imagin'd Wing Our Swift Scene Flies", in Theater, vol. 6, no. 146 (1952 April 26)
      • Review (typescript) of John M. Lothian's Shakespeare's Charactery, for the  Times Literary Supplement  (1966)
      • Copy of letter to the editor of the London Times, criticizing Peter Brook's production of  A Midsummer Night's Dream  (1971 October 9)
      • Eulogy for David George Ian Alexander Gordon, Marquess of Aberdeen (circa 1974)
      • Annotated typescript of "The Harrow Experiment" (1981)
      • Typescript entitled "Speech in the Speech Room on the night of May 9, 1982"
      • Typescript of address on Chaucer, with annotation "at Anne Park's supper party April 5, 1984"
      • Typescript of essay "Christopher Marlowe"
      • Annotated typescript of play "The Warwickshire Wake"
      • Typescript of tribute to Maurice Percival
      • Manuscript introduction to This Wide and Universal Theatre, with attached brochure and order form for Globe Theatre publications
    • Study Notes box 7 folder 17 (Bound volumes of Ronald Watkins's typscript and manuscript notes.)
      • Theocritus
      • Peloponnesian War
      • Notes on various Shakespeare plays, stagecraft, and theater topics
    • Miscellaneous manuscript notes box 7 folder 18
    • Drafts of memos and letters box 7 folder 19
  • Biographical Information and Personal Memorabilia
    • Interviews
      • Booklet on Julius Caesar (1964), Watkins's last Harrow School production (includes excerpts from reviews, reminiscences of friends and associates, and interview with RW)
      • Article on Watkins from the Times Educational Supplement  (30 August 1991)
    • Memorials and tributes
      • Typescript of "A Shakespearean Life" (article on RW and his receiving the OBE)
      • Typescript of tribute to Watkins by John Murphy (U. of Colorado)
      • Program for A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life or Ronnie Watkins (ARDW) 1904 August 29-2001 February 16
      • "Ronnie Watkins, OBE: Jeremy Lemmon's tribute at the Memorial Service at St. Mary's" (photocopy of article from The Harrow Record  (2001)
    • Personal memorabilia
      • 1 page biography and bibliography advertising Watkins's lecture series (circa 1977)
      • Shakespeare Study Series brochures and order forms
      • Christmas letter from the Watkinses (1998)
      • Royalty statements for Moonlight at the Globe
  • Photographs (This series contains Watkins's personal and family photographs. Photos of theatrical productions are filed with materials on individual productions.)
    • Ronald and Bunty Watkins
    • University of Colorado Commencement (RW's honorary doctorate)
    • Photos and proof sheets from Times Educational Supplement interview
    • Watkins receiving the OBE from Queen Elizabeth II
    • Unidentified photos
  • Reviews of Watkins's Theatrical and Literary Productions
  • Subject Files
    • Harrow School
      • Speech Room Theatre box 7
      • Maurice Percival box 7
      • Jeremy Lemmon box 7
      • Miscellaneous Harrow materials box 7
    • Globe Theatre
      • Photographs box 7
      • Rose Theatre reconstruction box 7
      • Sam Wanamaker (includes articles, memorials, obituaries) box 7
      • Models of Shakespeare's Globe box 7
      • Miscellaneous Globe materials box 7
      • Other Globe reconstructions (Stratford, Conn.; Alexander Mills, N.C.) box 7
    • Other subjects, A-Z
      • Bentley, G. E. box 7
      • Berwanger, George J. (includes typescript of A Candle for William) box 7
      • Boas, Guy box 7
      • Charleston Trust (society for preservation of Charleston Farmhouse, owned by Clive and Vanessa Bell and frequented by Virginia Woolf and other Bloomsbury group associates) box 7
      • Darlington, W. A. box 7
      • Haddo House stage (includes photo) box 7
      • Hodges, C. Walter box 7
      • Hofstra College Shakespeare Festival box 7
      • Hotson, Leslie box 7
      • Jones, David box 7
      • Mermaid Theatre box 7
      • Miles, Bernard box 7
      • Poel, William box 7
      • Oregon Shakespeare Festival box 7
      • Rowse, A. L. box 7
      • St. George's Theatre, King's Lyn, Norfolk (includes building plans) box 7
      • Stratford, Ontario Shakespeare Festival box 7
      • University of Colorado at Boulder box 7
      • Wake Forest University box 7
      • Wilson, J. Dover box 7
    • Theatre programs box 7
    • Sketches and drawings box 7
    • Blank postcards box 7
    • Miscellaneous articles, clippings, etc.
      • Shakespearean topics box 7
      • Other topics box 7
    • Maurice Percival drawings and sketches box 8
  • Audiotapes
  • Wake Forest University (Ronald Watkins's association with Wake Forest began in the 1960s, when the university was a stop on his North American speaking tours. In 1999 Watkins donated his personal papers and library to Wake Forest. A celebratory event commemorating this gift was held in October 1999, and a Shakespeare in Education symposium took place at Wake Forest in August 2000. Most of the materials in this series were donated by Professor Don Wolfe (Wake Forest Theatre Dept.) and Jill Carraway (Reynolds Library Collection Development Librarian).)
    • Don Wolfe correspondence (1977-1994)
    • Notes and correspondence regarding Watkins's visits to Wake Forest
      • (1976)
      • (1979)
      • (1981)
      • (1982)
    • Legal and other materials relating to transfer of Watkins papers and library to Wake Forest Library (1999)
    • Ronald Watkins OBE, Transatlantic Celebration (1999 October 22)
      • Contributions to Why Not Ask Shakespeare?: A Tribute to Dr. Ronald Watkings, O.B.E.
    • "Shakespeare in Education: History, Literature, and Performance: a Symposium inspired by the work of Dr. Ronald Watkins" at Wake Forest University, in cooperation with The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (2000 August 18-19)

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Ronald Watkins Papers
ID
MS587
Date [inclusive]
1938-2001
Extent
14 Linear Feet  7 Banker's boxes, 1 oversized box, 1 legal box, 1 Banker's box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for Ronald Watkins's published and unpublished works has been transferred to Wake Forest University. Copyright for all other materials in the collection resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
Ronald Watkins Papers (MS587), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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