Scope and arrangement
The papers of John Van Druten are arranged in the four series: Correspondence, Book Reviews, Clippings, and Typescripts.
The Correspondence is sub-divided in two sections: letters concerning writings by Van Druten and Van Druten - Smith letters. The material regarding writings includes correspondence about The Way To the Present,
The Van Druten - Smith letters are between Van Druten and his friend, dramatist and novelist Dodie Smith(1896 -). The correspondence, 1941 - 1957, is both incoming and outgoing and in chronological order. The writing is very intimate in tone. They discuss their daily lives and creative work, debate the theory and practice of dramatic writing, and share frank, and often intensely critical views of their friends and acquaintances in the theater and motion picture world.
The Book Reviews, ca. 1920-1925, were written by Van Druten for the English Herald Abroadpublished in Montreux, Switzerland. Among authors reviewed are: Aldous Huxley, W. Somerset Maugham, Virginia Woolf and H.G. Wells.
Clippings, 1924-1951, are articles saved by Van Druten from Punch magazine and several newpapers.
The Typescripts are of plays and books written by Van Druten, many of which contain changes and corrections in Van Druten's hand.
The John Van Druten papers are arranged in four series:
- ca. 1920 - 1925