Dion Boucicault Collections
University of Kent Special Collections hold two significant collections of material about the playwright and actor Dionysius Lardner Boucicault (1820-1890), better known as Dion Boucicault.
Fawkes Boucicault Collection
This is a collection of ca 750 items, principally consisting of the research notes of Richard Fawkes for his book Dion Boucicault: a Biography (1979). The collection also contains photocopied playbills and letters, rough drafts of the book, and photographs and other image material.
This collection is completely catalogued. It consists of:
- biographical material
- material relating to Fawkes's book on Boucicault
- newspaper cuttings
- miscellaneous material
Calthrop Boucicault Collection
This is larger and more important than the Fawkes Collection. It was compiled by Christopher Calthrop, Dion Boucicault's great-grandson. The material on Boucicault's plays and the biographical material have been catalogued.
Uncatalogued material includes a large number of legal documents, letters, and material on later members of the family, eg Nina Boucicault, the first actor to play Peter Pan on stage, and Donald Calthrop, a character actor in films of the 1920s and 30s.
Dion Boucicault chronologies
- Brief biography of Dion Boucicault, with links to information about material in both collections
- Chronology of Boucicault's plays, with summaries of selected plays
Dion Boucicault manuscripts and printed play texts are also included in the Pettingell Collection.
Collection in brief
Contents: programmes, posters, music, letters, research notes, legal documents, photographs
Period: 19th-20th century
Catalogued: Fawkes collection completely catalogued; Calthrop collection partially catalogued