Scope and arrangement
Correspondence (bulk late 1950s) mostly concerns his writings especially his book, Sarah the Divine. It documents his efforts to get published as well as his distribution of the book to prominent individuals including heads of state. Writings are typescript manuscripts of magazine articles on theatrical and other subjects, his book on Sarah Bernhardt, and various unpublished pieces. His notes and notebooks are mostly his reminiscences of his life in the theater and the famous actors he knew and with whom he appeared, preparatory jottings for his book on Sarah Bernhardtand his intended memoirs, never finished. There is also a small amount of material, mostly publicity, pertaining to The Afternoon Theater when under his direction, publicity for his book, clippings of play reviews and some personal biographical material.
The Arthur William Row papers are arranged in seven series:
- 1940-19601 folder
Contains biographical material including publicity, membership cards, a grant application filled out by Row and an interview conducted with him in 1949 when he was appearing in A Streetcar Named Desire.
- 1902-196218 folders
Correspondence, both personal and professional, is mostly incoming letters from Row's later years arranged alphabetically. Much is about his writings, especially his book, Sarah the Divine, including correspondence with publishers and many letters of thanks for copies received. Correspondents include Eva Le Gallienne, Nance O'Neil, Hesketh Pearson and Blanche Yurka. Letters by Row include clippings of some of his letters to the editor on various topics.
Typescripts of his articles primarily on theatrical subjects, some of which were published in magazines are divided into theater and non-theater and then arranged alphabetically by subject name or title. Includes a manuscript with handwritten revisions for his book, Sarah the Divine; other writings about Sarah Bernhardt; brief essays of Row's reminiscences of other actors including the Barrymores, Richard Mansfield, Ellen Terry, and Blanche Yurka; essays on prominent people not connected to the theater such as Mary Baker Eddy and Randolph S. Churchill; and various versions of his "Home As the Root of All Evil". There are also a few mysterious typescripts that came with Row's papers: two long letters addressed to Dear A-- and purportedly written by an Englishwoman who describes the bombing of London during World War II. They appear to have been transcribed by Row for newspaper publication. Also two typescript articles by an anonymous woman newspaper reporter in America, also probably transcribed by Row.
- 3 folders
Handwritten notes are on Sarah Bernhardt, Row's memoirs, and miscellaneous subjects.
- 1923-19619 folders
Notebooks, mostly spiral and composition books, are primarily from Row's later years and contain his notes of reminiscences and drafts of letters. The last two, dated 1960-1961, are titled Mummer's Memories.
- 1922-19321 folder
A small amount of material, mostly publicity and financial papers, for The Afternoon Theatre which Row founded and directed. The Theatre produced plays seldom seen, on afternoons without regularly scheduled matinees, to give actors a chance to try different roles than those they normally performed.
- 1938-19584 folders
Consists of printed publicity for Row's book, Sarah the Divine, clippings of reviews of Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar and A Streetcar Named Desire, two plays in which Row appeared, and other clippings collected by Row.