Scope and arrangement
The Anthony Holland papers document his personal and professional life from the beginning of his career as an actor and artist in the late 1950s in Chicago until his death in 1988. Two brief autobiographies in the collection are particularly notable for the insight they provide into the people, places, and events that influenced Holland's personal and professional development. The collection includes correspondence with friends and family members. None of the letters are from or to actors or playwrights with whom Holland collaborated professionally. The collection also includes a folder of Holland's unpublished poems. Holland's address book, appointment books, and notebooks are fragmentary documentation of his creative work, including poetry, recipes, concepts for theater productions, and cast lists. The two sketchbooks date from 1956 when Holland was studying art in Chicago and document his study of the artistry of movement, which informed his method of acting.
Materials in the collection documenting Holland's professional life include awards, scripts, playbills, telegrams, an Actor's Equity contract, and theater reviews, all of which relate to Holland's career on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and nationwide. The collection contains twelve scripts written by Anthony Holland, some with annotations. Several scripts are described as musicals but no accompanying music is included in the collection. Photographs of stage performances and publicity photographs document Holland's professional career. There are also photographs of Holland off-stage and with family and friends.
This collection is arranged alphabetically by format with miscellaneous items at the end.