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James McManaway correspondence, research materials, and collected and authored publications collection

Identifier: MS2124

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the research files and scholarship of James McManaway as well as several original manuscript leaves and illustrations on wood blocks. The files contain articles, handwritten notes, lectures, bibliographies, copies of shakespeare publications and book plates.


  • 1605-1978
  • Majority of material found within 1937-1968


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.


Dr. James G. McManaway (August 24, 1899-November 9, 1980) was an influential Shakespearean scholar. For most of his professional life he was associated with the Folger Shakespeare Library. From 1933 until 1943 he served as Assistant to the Director, 1943-1946 as Assistant Director and Acting Director from 1946-1948. Finally, from 1948 until 1968 he served as Consultant in Literature and Bibliography. During his time with the Folger, McManaway was instrumental in building the library's holdings and providing bibliographical descriptions. McManaway served as editor of the Shakespeare Quarterly from 1951-1972. It was during McManaway's editorship that the Quarterly achieved international stature for its scholarly articles, notes and book reviews and also for additions such as the annual survey of Shakespeare in performance and an annual World Shakespeare Bibliography.

Dr. McManaway received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia in 1919 and 1920 and his Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University in 1931.


5 Linear Feet ( document boxes, 1 flat box)

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Organized into four series: Correspondence; Research materials Research materials; Publications, authored and collected Publications, authored and collected; and Original manuscripts and illustrations and typeset mounted on wood blocks

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James G. McManaway, 1979.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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Washington 20052 United States of America