The Stephen Joseph Papers at the University of Manchester

The Stephen Joseph Papers are the single most important resource relating to the life and work of Stephen Joseph. They are held by the University of Manchester in the John Rylands Collection. From this page, you can learn basic details about the collection as well as examine its catalogue of holding.

The Stephen Joseph Papers

The following information is reproduced from the Jisc Research Hub. The collection is publicly accessible and details about accessing the Stephen Joseph Papers and visiting the John Rylands Library can be found here.

Scope and Content
The collection consists mainly of correspondence, much of which has retained its original arrangement. From 1955 to 1961, the letters are arranged alphabetically within years. Following the establishment of a permanent company at the Victoria Theatre in Stoke, the letters are divided into those for Scarborough and Stoke, and are no longer sorted alphabetically, instead being in chronological order. There is a large amount of especially detailed correspondence concerning the disagreement between Stephen Joseph and Peter Cheeseman over the Victoria Theatre. There is also much private correspondence from Stephen Joseph's friends and family, as well as more professional letters relating to his work at Manchester University, his position in the ABTT, his visits to, and contact with, America, and his writing career. In addition, there are many original manuscripts of books, articles and open letters. as well as plans and photographs which illustrate his work.

The collection arrived in 32 filing boxes and a trunk (which has since been transferred into boxes). As it is impossible to ascertain whether or not the present arrangement is the original order, little attempt has been made to rearrange the documents.

The collection is divided into: SJ/1 Correspondence and papers; SJ/2 Writings; SJ/3 Books; SJ/4 Photographs; SJ/5 Plans; SJ/6 Set designs; SJ/7 Miscellaneous

Access Information
Open to any accredited reader.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition Information
The collection was donated to the Library by David Campton, the literary executor of Stephen Joseph's estate, in 1972.

Conditions Governing Use
Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Reference: GB 133 SJ
Dates of Creation: 1946-1967
Name of Creator: Stephen Joseph, 1921-1967
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.5 linear metres (7 series; 161 items).
Location: Collection available at John Rylands Library, Manchester.
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd and all original material copyright of Haydonning Ltd. Please do not reproduce this material without permission fo the copyright holder.