Special Collections & Archives


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
  • photographs
  • letters
  • programmes

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

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


Deed box belonging to Dion Boucicault


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