Scope and Contents
The papers of Claudia Stevens, musician, actor, performance artist, playwright, and composer, are arranged by musical theatre works in her repertoire except for Subseries 2 of Series 1, which is arranged separately and part of which was formerly known as the Carter-Sessions Papers.
The papers of Claudia Stevens include video and audio recordings, posters, flyers, brochures, programs, press coverage, newspaper clippings, correspondence, grant applications, musical and literary sketches, musical scores, librettos, scripts, a screenplay, a dissertation, books, film projection slides, photographs, artifacts, and props. Many of the scripts have notes from productions. A complete listing is underway and available in the Finding aid/inventory below. Note that the inventory is incomplete and does not yet include the most recent material received from Ms. Stevens. Additions and revisions will be made on an ongoing basis.
The majority of the posters pertaining to the work, "An Evening with Madame F," are housed in a special collection devoted to that work at Boatwright Library, University of Richmond. Photocopies of items from that collection, which covers the period from 1989 until fall, 2006, are in Subseries 2 of Series 2 of this collection. Subsequent material about "An Evening with Madame F" has been, and will continue to be, donated to this collection at the Swem Library's Special Collections Resource Center.
Digital content related to this collection and regarding the Berkeley Art Center Production of "A Very Large Mole," October 17, 2009, (Mss. 2009.601.001) has been digitized and is preserved, but not available to the public online.
The Carter-Sessions Papers, Acc. 2003.51 and now Subseries 2 of Series 1 in this collection, is the correspondence of Claudia Stevens while she was preparing musical tributes to musicians and composers Elliot Carter (1908-2012) and Roger Sessions (1895-1985). The collection includes: musical scores of various artists and their ideas for the performance of their pieces, biographical material of contributing artists along with reviews of some of their work, programs from several recitals performed by Claudia Stevens in 1983 and 1984, compact disc recordings of Claudia Stevens' tribute performances, and reel-to-reel recordings of concerts.
Detailed information about material received with each additional accession in this collection is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Conditions Governing Access:
Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Conditions Governing Use:
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.