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Eva Le Gallienne papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00092

Scope and Contents

This small collection of Eva Le Gallienne's papers includes biographical material, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and her original manuscript of the second volume of her autobiography "Plus Twenty" (published as With a Quiet Heart in 1951). Included also in the collection is also a photograph of Le Gallienne as Queen Elizabeth in the production of Mary Stuart.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1951-1962


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Eva Le Gallienne was born 11 Jan 1899 in London, the daughter of poet and journalist Richard Le Gallienne and Danish journalist Julie Noiregard. Le Gallienne attended drama school for a few months, then moved to New York in 1915. Her first success on stage was at age 20 and was followed by other hits. She abandoned her acting career in 1926 and founded the Civic Repertory Theatre, which closed in 1933. Thirty-two of the thirty-four plays presented there were directed by Le Gallienne. She also starred on Broadway in L'Aiglon with Ethel Barrymore, and translated, staged, and acted in Ibsen's Rosmersholm. She moved with her companion Marion Evensen to a country estate and continued to lecture, tour, and act. Le Gallienne played Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart from 1957 to 1962. She won the National Medal of Arts in 1986. Le Gallienne died June of 1991.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


Author; actress; theatrical director and producer. Papers include biographical material, clippings, photographs, correspondence, photographs, and her original manuscript of the second volume of her autobiography Plus Twenty

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Eva Le Gallienne donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1961.

Related Material

Additional papers of Eva Le Gallienne are housed at the Library of Congress.

Processing Information

Collection is unprocessed. Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.



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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063