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Antoine, André
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Collection théâtrale André Antoine

  • CA ON00389 C8
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 1985

The collection consists of: papers from director André Antoine; letters from Antoine; letters to Antoine from various playwrights, whose plays he staged; photographs of actors and actresses; letters from various members of Antoine's family; 40 autograph letters from Emile Zola; letters from and to journalist Léon Deffoux; letters from and to Maurice LeBlond, Emile Zola's son-in-law; letters from and to playwright Georges Ancey and his wife; several first editions of Zola's novels, some with bound autograph letters. Throughout are photocopied documents, collected by Sanders, as contexual material about the era and referenced events or articles within the correspondence. Also included are original letters sent to Sanders from the friends and relatives of those whose letters appear in the 19th century correspondence.

Sanders, James B.

Letters from Georges Ancey, and letter from L. Level (Ancey’s daughter)

  • Autograph letter from Georges Ancey to [?], dated «Paris, 7 février 1897» Is answering to a question about the Théâtre Libre [TL]. The TL launched a generation of new playwrights. Antoine influenced comedians as well [letter is barely legible].
  • Typed transcription of the letter from Georges Ancey to [?], dated «Paris, 7 février 1897», 2 copies.
  • Autograph letter from Georges Ancey to [?], dated «Kerbon, 7 août 1897» Is in Britanny – goes cycling in the morning, reads and works in the afternoons. Is currently writing three plays. Does not really believe in «mise en scène» -- too often, directors are preoccupied with the decors, not the play. [The rest of the letter is barely legible.]
  • Autograph letter from L. Level [Ancey’s daughter] to J. Sanders, dated «8 décembre 1949», with envelope stamped «Paris 9-12 1949». Answers J. Sanders’ questions regarding her father, his plays, his career, etc. Is sending various documents to Sanders, asking that they remain unpublished – her father would not have liked them made public as they are unfinished. With handwritten transcription by J. Sanders.
  • Transcription of a second letter from L. Level (no original in the file) to Sanders, dated «27 juillet 1949», in which she gives information about Ancey’s ancestors.
  • Handwritten biographical document about Ancey written by his daughter, dated «30 avril 1949» (with transcription by J. Sanders)
  • Autograph postcard [Nantouillet Presles, S.O], from L. Level to J. Sanders, n.d. Would like Sanders to autograph the copy of his thesis – she enjoyed reading it.

Letters to Georges Ancey

  • Autograph letter from actor Georges Grand to Georges Ancey, dated «Casino de Royal, le 11 août 1891». Antoine told Grand that he was meeting with Ancey in Brittany. Grand wishes he were with the both of them. He is playing at the Casino, which is a tough life – a play gets five of six rehearsals only. But he has had success and thinks he will be hired again for the next season. Also: a note written at the bottom, by actor Albert Mayer, asking Ancey to write a role for him, something light.
  • Autograph letter from Georges Grand to Madame Georges Ancey, dated «1er dec. 1917». Condolences letter to Ancey’s wife.
  • Autograph letter from actor Coquelin to Georges Ancey [?], n.d. Invites Ancey [?] to come over to his place, to see his «modest collection».
  • Autograph letter from journalist Edmond LeRoy to Georges Ancey [?], n.d., from «15, rue de Bruxelles» Asks what the future of the «new theater» will be, now that Antoine is the director of a state-sponsored theater. Can Ancey answer the question for the readers of LeRoy’s newspaper?
  • Autograph letter from Abbé Hourisson [?] to Georges Ancey, dated «Tours, 29 mai 1905» Has heard that in Ancey’s new play, a character is named «Abbé Hourisson». Asks Ancey to change the name immediately. The letter will be given to Ancey by the Abbé’s cousin, who bears the same name and who is the editor of the newspaper L’Albevillois. The two men do not want their patronym used on the stage.
  • Autograph letter from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris, le 21 juin 1889», on letterhead «Le Théâtre Libre. 96, Rue Blanche. Archives». Antoine is in Pornichet. As Ancey is in Paris, Chastanet and Ancey should climb the Eiffel tower. Nothing new to announce, only gossips (about Méténier, Céard, Denbourg).
  • Autograph telegram from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, stamped «25 avril 91». Does not understand Ancey’s displeasure. Antoine’s initiative is partly due to the fact that it was 2am. Will have enough room for everybody in the box reserved for him.
  • Autograph telegram from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, from Bordeaux, stamped «8 mai 92». Antoine is asking Ancey not to sign anything for Bordeaux before talking to him.
  • Autograph telegram from F. Chastanet and Schurmann to Georges Ancey, from Bordeaux, stamped «7 mai 92». Play just finished. Three encores, great success, full house. Congratulations.
  • Autograph letter from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, dated «Lundi 20 août» - note pencilled: [88][?]. Just found Ancey’s letter. Antoine will be in Paris at the end of the week – as soon as he knows when exactly, Chastanet will be in touch with Ancey, so that Ancey can see Antoine rested and happy before the start of the rehearsals. Asks Ancey to check the «maquette» and to chose the seats he prefers. Chastanet is working at the rehearsal.
  • Autograph letter from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, dated «Samedi 27 juillet» - note pencilled: [88][?]. Antoine is away. He would be grateful if the author of Monsieur Lamblin could give a new play to the Théâtre Libre, for another success.
  • Autograph letter from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris, le 16 septembre 1891», on letterhead «Le Théâtre Libre. 96, Rue Blanche. Administration». Will take measures to accommodate Ancey. Chastanet just got back from Switzerland, where he was in a car accident. His wife broke her wrist; he hurt his right shoulder. Hopes to see the Anceys a lot during the coming winter.
  • Autograph letter from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris, Dimanche» [n.d.], on letterhead: «Le Théâtre Libre. 96, Rue Blanche. Direction». Great success for Elisa and Léontine. Good takings, house almost full, encores after each act. Will contact Mlle Pérot. Will be in contact very soon.
  • Autograph letter from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, dated «7 mai 1901», letterhead: «9, Rue Blanche». Talked to Gémier, who is in agreement. Gémier would like to see the play. Ancey should send his manuscript as soon as possible. Chastanet really likes Ces Messieurs.
  • Autograph letter from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, dated «5 mars 1899». Is leaving for Hambourg – will see Ancey at the première of Curel’s play. Has seen Le vieux marcheur. It is a bad play, and it’s not doing well.
  • Autograph telegraph from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, date not legible. A newspaper is asking for an interview with Ancey. What should Chastanet say?
  • Typed telegram from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, stamped «19 mars 92». La dupe may be staged once in Holland.
  • Autograph letter from F. Chastanet to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris, le 26 novembre 1901», on letterhead «Théâtre de la Renaissance, Direction Gémier. Téléphone: 266.98». Has received the book sent by Ancey, and has sent a novel by Zola to Ancey. Hopes that Ancey will ask him for a box at the Théâtre de la Renaissance.

Letters to Georges Ancey and James Sanders

  • Autograph letter from Willy Schultz to Georges Ancey, n.d. Wants to say how much he appreciates L’École des veufs. Some subscribers to the newspaper (probably spinsters, says Schultz) have written to the editor, expressing their displeasure.
  • Autograph letter from Willy Schultz to Georges Ancey [?], dated «Paris, le 25 [juin?] 189[-], on letterhead: «Société des Représentations de Tristan & Yseult. Siège social provisoire: 2, Rue Moncey, Paris». Invitation to an informal lunch with his sister and a few other people.
  • Autograph bristol card from Serge Basset, dated «Jeudi 26», on letterhead «Le Figaro, 26, rue Drouot». Would like to recommend Mme Marcelle Jullien for a role in Ces Messieurs. She is talented, Descaves can confirm. The Figaro would be grateful.
  • Autograph letter from M. Vaucaire to Georges Ancey, n.d. – with envelope stamped «5 février 1905». Has received a letter from «notre cher directeur». Ancey should not worry.
  • Autograph carte-lettre from M. Vaucaire to Georges Ancey, stamped «2 mars 96». Thanks Ancey for his note. Will dedicate his «pièce osée!» to Ancey.
  • Autograph letter from Octave Maus to Georges Ancey, dated «23 mai 90». Thanks Ancey for sending copies of his plays. Monsieur Lamblin was temporarily suspended because Mme Picard is quite unwell. Will read with interest the brochure published by the Théâtre Libre.
  • Autograph letter from Frantz Jourdain to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris, le 10 juin 1889», on letterhead «Frantz Jourdain, Architecte-Expert. Membre de la Société centrale des architectes. 14, rue de Clichy, 14. Mardi & Vendredi, de 1 à 3 heures». The director of the Cluny is looking for Ancey. Jourdain mentioned Ancey’s comedy to him, and he is interested in staging it.
  • Autograph bristol card from Gustave Geffroy to Georges Ancey, dated «Lundi» [from internal evidence: 1908?], on letterhead «Ministère de l’Instruction publique, des Beaux-Arts et des Cultes. Manufacture nationale des Gobelins». Cannot make it on Friday, 11 December – will miss seeing Ancey and their common friends. Has enjoyed Ancey’s book on Athens. Ancey should send a copy to Clemenceau – Geffroy mentioned it to him.
  • Autograph letter from Gustave Geffroy to Georges Ancey, dated «vendredi». Was unable to attend La dupe. Can Ancey give him 4 tickets for Tuesday?
  • Autograph letter from Gustave Geffroy to Georges Ancey, n.d. Thanks Ancey for the evening and the conversation. Hopes to see him again this winter.
  • Autograph carte-lettre from Georges Lecomte to Georges Ancey, dated «54, rue de Prony 28/1/02», stamped «28-1-02». Thanks Ancey for his cordial letter. Thinks highly of Ancey’s plays. As a playwright, Ancey is following the «grande tradition classique française».
  • Autograph carte-lettre from Georges Lecomte to Madame Georges Ancey, dated «mardi soir», stamped «Paris 21-11-17», with letterhead «18, Bard Auguste-Blanqui (XIIIe) Tél. Gobelins 02-78». Has just heard about Ancey’s passing. Ancey had a great and original talent.
  • Autograph carte-lettre from Georges Lecomte to Georges Ancey, dated «54, rue de Prony, samedi soir», stamped «21 Dec 04». Is delighted with Ancey’s success. After 15 years of friendship, «on s’embrasse!»
  • Autograph letter from Georges Lecomte to Georges Ancey, dated «54, rue de Prony, Dimanche». Lecomte will write an article on Becque in the Revue de Paris – will take the opportunity to write about Ancey. Can Ancey send copies of his plays to Lecomte? Lecomte would like to meet soon, to discuss.
  • Autograph letter from Georges Lecomte to Georges Ancey, dated «54, Rue de Prony, 17ème». Analyzes Ancey’s play: the characters are strong, the play is written with the truth in mind. Regrets that the play was censored – is convinced it will be staged eventually.
  • Typed letter from Georges Lecomte to James Sanders, dated «19 mai 1950, 82, rue du Ranelagh, XVIe», on letterhead «Académie française, 23 Quai Conti, VIe. Le Secrétaire perpétuel», envelope stamped «19 mai 50». Met Ancey at the Théâtre Libre – Antoine staged Lecomte’s plays, as well as Ancey’s. Lecomte has always appreciated Ancey’s works. Ancey was a «grand bourgeois», elegant, witty, ironic. Lecomte says that he never had a close relationship with Ancey, so he cannot give Sanders any more information.
  • Typed letter from Georges Lecomte to James Sanders, dated «29 mai 1952, 82, rue du Ranelagh, XVIe», on letterhead «Académie française, 23 Quai Conti, VIe. Le Secrétaire perpétuel». Lecomte has nothing to add about the Théâtre Libre. Even if he is extraordinarily busy, Lecomte can meet Sanders on Tuesday, 3 June, at 5pm.
  • Typed letter from Georges Lecomte to James Sanders, dated «25 mai 1955, 82 rue du Ranelagh, XVIe», on letterhead «Académie française. Le Secrétaire perpétuel». Would be happy to see Sanders to discuss André Antoine. Unfortunately, he is unwell and unable to have visitors.

Letters to Georges Ancey

  • Autograph carte-lettre from Gabriel Trarieux to Georges Ancey, dated «14 mai 1905», stamped «14 5 05». Sends, at Ancey’s request, names and addresses of friends who could attend the premiere of the play. Asks for 5 tickets.
  • Autograph letter from Gabriel Trarieux to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris 27 nov. 1901». Has read Ces Messieurs. Excellent play. Prefers the third act.
  • Autograph letter from Georges Bois to Georges Ancey, n.d., «19 Quai Voltaire». His play was not staged with Ancey’s at Antoine’s theatre, like in the good old days. Asks for 2 tickets for L’Avenir.
  • Autograph lettre-carte from [Charlotte] Lysès Sacha Guitry to Georges Ancey, n.d., on letterhead «48, rue Pergolèse. Téléphone: 667-27», stamped «13 IV 14». Hopes that there is no more danger.
  • Autograph letter from Sacha Guitry [?] to Georges Ancey [?], n.d., on letterhead «26, Place Vendôme». Likes his play.
  • Autograph letter from [?] Guitry to Georges Ancey [?], n.d., on letterhead «18, Avenue Elisée Reclus». Will wait for his visit.
  • Autograph letter from Stanislas Rzewuski to Georges Ancey, n.d., on letterhead «Hôtel Métropole Bruxelles» -with transcription by J. Sanders. Is in a desperate situation, unwell and out of money. Has to go to Germany, where one of his plays will be staged. Is imploring Ancey to lend him 200 francs.
  • Autograph bristol card from Edmond Sée to Georges Ancey, dated «jeudi», with address «6 Square du Roule». Writes that the play Ces Messieurs has had a great impact on him – Sée will write a column in La Presse, about it.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to Georges Ancey [?], n.d., with address «Chalet Fonterive, près de la Pique, Luchon». Asks [«tu» form] how Ancey is doing. Has heard that Ancey has finished a comedy for the Comédie française. Wolff is working but nothing is coming of it.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to Georges Ancey [?], n.d. Is asking Ancey to lend him what he asked a few days ago. Antoine will be back tomorrow.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to Georges Ancey, n.d. Tells a strange story about his working table walking away from him. Wants to go to Brittany, even if it’s only for a few days, to see the Anceys. Sends his best to André [Antoine].
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to Georges Ancey, n.d. [from internal evidence, maybe 1903], on letterhead «11, avenue Matignon». Bought the text of Ces Messieurs – it is Ancey’s best play.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to Georges Ancey, n.d., with address «Chalet Fonterive, près de la Pique, Luchon». Wonders why Ancey has not replied to his last letter.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to «Ma chère amie», n.d., with address «22, rue d’Aumale». Offers a box for the following night.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to «Chère amie», n.d. [early January probably], with address «22, rue d’Aumale». Sends his best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to «Ma chère amie», n.d., with address «22, rue d’Aumale». Is unwell. Invites her to come for a visit.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to «Ma chère amie», dated «29/1/18», with address «22, rue d’Aumale». Will come around for a visit on Friday.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to «Ma chère amie», n.d., with address «22, rue d’Aumale». Has sent the letter. Reassures her that all will be well.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to «Chère amie», n.d., with address «22, rue d’Aumale». Has sent the note she has given him to the Etat-Major. Hopes to succeed.
  • Autograph letter from Pierre Wolff to «Ma chère amie», n.d., with address «32, rue Guynemer VI». Tells her about his car accident – got her letter.
  • Autograph lettre-carte from André Calmettes to Georges Ancey, dated «7 juin 04», stamp not legible. Has seen Franck, who has no time to discuss casting.
  • Autograph lettre-carte from André Calmette to Georges Ancey, dated «mercredi soir», stamped 31-304». Suggests various times when they can meet to discuss.
  • Autograph letter from Paul Ginistry to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris, le 11 février 1905», on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Second Théâtre Français fondé en 1782. Cabinet du Directeur». Because of a busy schedule, cannot stage Ces Messieurs. Would like to discuss with Ancey, and would like to welcome him at the Odéon.
  • Autograph letter from Jean Jullien to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris 11 avril 1899», with address «10 Quai du Louvre». Will write a column about young playwrights and would like to include Ancey. Asks Ancey to complete a questionnaire about his career, plays, projects, etc.
  • Autograph letter from Oscar Méténier to Georges Ancey [?], n.d. «You will never say again that I have no manners. Yours…»
  • Autograph letter from Alfred Capus to Georges Ancey, n.d., with address «8, rue de Chateaudun». May have forgotten to reply to Ancey – confirms their meeting on Friday, 10 February.
  • Autograph document [Ancey?] – 12 page synopsis for a play?

Letters to Georges Ancey and Madame Ancey

  • Autograph postcard [view from Tangiers] from Jean Ajalbert to Georges Ancey, stamped «13 avril [?]». One word written: «Casablanca»
  • Autograph postcard [view from Quimper] from Jean Ajalbert to Georges Ancey, dated «28 mai», stamped «30 5 14». «Twenty five years later.»
  • Autograph letter from Jean Ajalbert to Georges Ancey, n.d. Is cancelling their appointment. Has to meet Geoffroy for business, who appreciates Ancey.
  • Autograph letter from Jean Ajalbert to Georges Ancey, dated «15 août». Friendly letter in which Ajalbert sends his best to Ancey, wishing him a pleasant at Camaret.
  • Autograph letter from Jean Ajalbert to Madame Georges Ancey, dated «le 2 déc. 1917», on letterhead «Manufacture nationale de Beauvais. L’Administrateur». Condolences letter on the occasion of Ancey’s death.
  • Autograph letter from Jean Ajalbert to Georges Ancey, n.d. Ancey can certainly arrange for a three-way meeting with Antoine, Ajalbert will join them.
  • Autograph letter from Jean Ajalbert to Georges Ancey, dated «5h du soir». Is sending a bottle of Bordeaux. Will see him later on.
  • Autograph from Jean Ajalbert to Georges Ancey, n.d. Organizes a lunch with Chéret.
  • Typed form letter from Emile Dubeau [?] to Georges Ancey [??], n.d., on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Second théâtre français. Secrétariat général». Is requested to pick up his play Le 6e acte de Tartuffe, which has not been accepted. Note: this play may not be Ancey’s.
  • Autograph letter from Emile Dubeau [?] to Georges Ancey [?], dated «Paris, le 24 [?] 1887», on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Second théâtre français. Administration». Has not yet read the play of his friend. Talked to Porel, who said he already has something about Molière for this year. Porel would stage [Le 6e acte de Tartuffe] if it’s good. Will be back in touch.
  • Autograph letter from Emile Dubeau [?] to Georges Ancey [?], dated «27 mars 92», with address «72 bis rue Bonaparte». Thanks him for his congratulations and his promise. They could meet within the next two weeks.
  • Autograph telegram from Emile Dubeau to Georges Ancey, stamped «18 dec. 89». If Ancey is free tonight, he should come to discuss with Porel, who will be expecting him.
  • Autograph letter from Emile Dubeau to Georges Ancey [?], dated «Paris, le [?] 1889», on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Fondé en 1782. Second Théâtre Français. Administration». Gave Le 6e acte de Tartuffe to Porel, who found it interesting. Manuscript will be sent to the Comité de lecture.

Letters and clipping related to Sylvie the actress

  • Autograph letter from Alexandre Arnoux to J. Sanders, dated «30 mai 69», with envelope stamped «Paris 30-6 1969». Remembers Antoine, whom he met early in his career. Would be happy to help Sanders with his research.
  • Autograph letter from Maurice Tourneur to an actress [Sylvie?], dated «Paris, le 15 janvier 1907», on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Administration». Expresses his displeasure: because the actress cannot attend the rehearsal of Heidelberg, he will have to schedule 4 extra rehearsals.
  • Autograph letter from actress Sylvie to J. Sanders, dated ? Asks Sanders to reschedule their meeting.
  • Autograph bristol from actress Sylvie to J. Sanders, dated «27/12/68», with envelope stamped «Paris, 21-12 1968». Will meet with Sanders with pleasure, to discuss Antoine.
  • Envelope (empty) addressed to «Mademoiselle Sylvie», from André Antoine – several stamps.
  • Handwritten transcription from the magazine Miroir, 25 janvier 14
  • 2 press clippings about actress Sylvie
  • 13 photocopies of letters from Antoine to Sylvie.

André Antoine - letters

  • Typed letter from André Antoine to Madame Ancey, dated «21 Août 1916», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Gobelins 03-59». Cannot visit because of rehearsals. Is discovering cinema, which is probably a new art. His son [?] will soon be in the air force. Friends are loosing family members. Hope the Anceys will be back in Paris soon.
  • Typed letter from André Antoine to Madame Ancey, dated «Le 10 Avril 1931», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Odéon 03-59». Does not know if he will go to Camaret for the summer; his health is not so good. His sons are working, and their presence would have brought him to Camaret. Apologizes for typing the letter, is almost incapable of writing.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Madame Ancey, dated «mercredi 10 [1932, according to note pencilled in right hand corner], on letterhead «Golf Hotel. La Ciotat-Plage». Does not wish to go to Camaret, which is now a desert for him. Has given the house to his sons. Is simplifying his life. Has found a manuscript, which he hopes to bring to her. Sees Wolff every Sunday for lunch. Is feeling better. Hopes to be able to work for as long as possible. In October, will publish a Histoire du théâtre de 1870 à 1920 – several pages are devoted to Ancey. Concludes: «You are, I believe, the only woman I have esteemed and loved.»
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Madame Ancey, dated «31 août» [1932, according to note pencilled in left hand corner], on letterhead «Golf Hotel. La Ciotat-Plage». Does not have Faure’s address. Descaves is working and seems happy. Will be back in Paris in early September.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Madame Ancey, dated «26 août 1936». Is in Sainte-Anne, and not in Camaret because there are too many memories in Camaret. Is with a nurse (after all, he is 78). The theater is probably dying, the cinema is the art of the future, and after all, why not. A new art is necessary for a new world. – If the generals succeed in Spain, France may be spared Bolshevism. Hopes to see her in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to ?, dated «Paris, le samedi 21 mai», on letterhead «Théâtre Antoine. Direction». Cannot hire Madame Marquet because his next season is put together already. Recommends her.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to ?, dated «Camaret, le 4 juillet 1904», on letterhead «Théâtre Antoine. Direction». Just got back from London. Invites his correspondent to come for a visit.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Madame Georges Ancey [?], dated «21 août» [1936, according to note pencilled on right hand corner], on letterhead «Hotels St. James. 211 rue Saint-Honoré». Is in Brittany, back in Paris next Wednesday. Mentions the change of director at the Comédie [française?].
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Sylvie [?], n.d., on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Gobelins 03-59». Has just seen the baron. She can assume that is it a done deal – 1st October, 1,000 fr per month.
  • Typed letter from André Antoine to Lucien Besnard [?], dated «Le 27 août 1928, Camaret-sur-Mer, Finistère». He read the adaptation Les amants de Parme. Cannot stage it in the new theatre, it is too risky because he does not know the public yet. Congratulates the author for his adaptation.
  • Typed letter from André Antoine to René de Chauffour [actor René Maupré], dated «Paris, le 28 juillet 1915», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Gobelins 03-59». Thanks Chauffour for his letter. Antoine’s son was wounded 10 days earlier. Antoine will try to have Chauffour’s wife work with him on a movie.
  • Typed letter from André Antoine to René de Chauffour, dated «Vendredi», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Gobelins 03-59». Shares various news, about his sons, common friends, life in Paris. Theaters are not open at night.
  • Typed letter from André Antoine to René de Chauffour, dated «Le 26 juin 1915», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Gobelins 03-59». Thanks him for his letter. Has seen Chauffour’s wife. Hopes that the war will be over in December.
  • Typed letter from André Antoine to René de Chauffour[?], dated «le 17 octobre 1938», on letterhead «Hotel d’Albany, 202, rue de Rivoli. Opéra 02-32 et 02-37». Regrets not seeing him the night before. Is glad to hear that he found work. Fauchois’s show was not a success.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to André-Paul Antoine [his son], dated «Jeudi». Found his letter the night before, at midnight. Hopes that Jean and André-Paul can come over for lunch.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to André-Paul Antoine, dated «Camaret, 14 novembre [1914], on letterhead, crossed out «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Gobelins 03-59». Hopes his letter will reach André-Paul before his departure. Is in Camaret, will go back to Paris very soon. Gives news about friends and family.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to André-Paul Antoine, dated «Mercredi 17 février» [1917?], on letterhead «Grand Hôtel d’Europe, Pétrograde, rue Michel». Is in Russia – welcomed warmly, but it is very far. Will have dinner with Russian generals. Hopes all is well for André-Paul.
  • Photocopy of a handwritten letter from André Antoine, 1932 pencilled in top of the page.

André Antoine - letters to Jacques Grétillat

  • Typed letter from André Antoine to Jacques Grétillat, dated «Camaret, 16 juillet 1913», on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Second théâtre français». By contract, Grétillat has to be ready to work on the Fête nationale. Antoine cannot accept his request of being compensated. Grétillat is threatening Antoine – Antoine is willing to let go of Grétillat if he is unhappy. Antoine appreciates Grétillat and tells him to talk to him directly if necessary.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Jacques Grétillat, dated «Camaret, 10 décembre», on letterhead (crossed out) «28, Place Dauphine». Is glad to hear from Grétillat, who is not far from the front line. Antoine has tried to enrol in the army, but was turned down. Is in Camaret with his youngest son. Has a project, and will to Grétillat about it when the time comes.
  • Photocopies of letters from Antoine to Grétillat, with hand-written transcriptions by J. Sanders.

Letters related to Colonna Romano

  • One postcard and one letter (stamped 2-7 1955) from Colonna Romano to J. Sanders.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Colonna Romano [?], dated «31 avril», on letterhead «Golf Hotel La Ciotat-Plage». Has not heard from her, but guesses that she will come back with Alcover. Is himself leaving for Marseille, will be back in Paris the week after.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Colonna Romano [?], dated «Mardi», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Gobelins 03-59». Here is the solution to the problem they were discussing the other day.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Colonna Romano [?], dated «25 novembre 36», on letterhead «Hôtel d’Albany. 202, rue de Rivoli». Is in financial trouble because he has not paid his income tax. Can she help?
  • Autograph letter from M.A. Lévy-Alcover [son of Colonna Romano] to J. Sanders, dated «le 22 février 1981», address «Dr. M.A. Lévy-Alcover, 11bis, Passage de la Visitation, Paris, 75007». Tells Sanders that his parents were close friends with Antoine. His parents bought Antoine’s house in 1936, and he still goes there every summer.
  • Three postcards – pictures of Colonna Romano
  • Newspaper clipping with picture of Colonna Romano
  • Two pictures (black and white) of Colonna Romano
  • Program – Electre, gala donné par Colonna Romano (23 juin 1938)
  • Telegram from Antoine to Colonna Romano, stamped «14 août 13» Best wishes.
  • Autograph letter from Jean and Marguerite Sarment to Colonna Romano, dated «30 décembre 61», stamped «2 – 1 62». Are sending their best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from Maurice Gervais [?] to Colonna Romano, dated «Paris, le 7 août 1936», on letterhead «Société des poètes français. Le Secrétaire général», with a stamp surimposed: «Maurice Gervais 33bis, rue Faidherbe Paris Xie». Congratulates her – wishes he could do it in person [very poetic letter].
  • Autograph carte-lettre from [?] to Colonna Romano, dated «Bagnères de Bigorre», stamped «8 VIII 36». Congratulates her, even if he is far from Paris. When he thinks about Colonna, he also thinks about the actress Madeleine Roch, who would have been happy to hear the good news.
  • Autograph letter from Paul Vinson to Colonna Romano, dated «Dimanche 2 Août», on letterhead «Comoedia. Journal quotidien illustré. 146, ave des Champs-Elysées Paris (8e)». Congratulates her for her decoration. Her talent is finally recognized.
  • Autograph letter from ? to Colonna Romano, dated «Hameau du Francport par Compiègne (Oise)». Congratulates her for her decoration [Légion d’honneur].
  • Autograph letter from Georges Zeller to Colonna Romano, dated «Paris, le 2/8 1936», on letterhead «Les Chefs-d’oeuvre du Théâtre-Français. Georges Zeller, 93, boulevard Magenda, 93, Paris (Xe)». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Autograph letter from Lucien Besnard to Colonna Romano, dated «Launay par Courtomer Orne 4 août 36». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Autograph letter from Lucien de Weindel to Colonna Romano, dated «5/8/36/, on letterhead «Excelsior. Illustré quotidien. 20, rue d’Enghien. Le Directeur-Rédacteur en chef» with additional address «L’Hermitage, par Vernon (Eure)». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Telegram from Devoyod to Colonna Romano, stamped «Paris 12 8 37». Best wishes. Success is awaiting.
  • Autograph letter from ? to Colonna Romano, dated «4 août 1936». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Autograph letter from Edmond Sée to Colonna Romano, dated «Paris, le 2 août 1936», on letterhead «Association syndicale, professionnelle & mutuelle de la critique dramatique et musicale», with added address «Montfort l’Amaury S & O». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Autograph letter from Mary Marquet to Colonna Romano, dated «1936 Dimanche 9», on letterhead «Comédie française». Congratulates her for her decoration. Announces that she will get married, but it is still a secret.
  • Autograph letter from Georges Pioch [?] to Colonna Romano and her husband, dated «dimanche 12/5/40», with address «210, rue de Rivoli». Discusses the actors’s interpretation of a play by Racine.
  • 2 press clippings (one is a photocopy) on Colonna Romano’s career

Autograph letter from Colette to Antoine

  • Autograph letter from Colette to Antoine, dated by J. Sanders 6 septembre 1928, with address «La Treille muscate. Route des Cannebiers, St Tropez Var». Discusses who should be writing the music for the show she is writing for Antoine. Typed transcription by J. Sanders, with notes.
  • Autograph letter from Michel Mercier to J. Sander, dated «7.01.2008», on letterhead «Société des amis de Colette», regarding the publication of Colette’s letter.
  • 5 photocopies of letters from Antoine to the Baron Rothschild, who was financing the play written by Colette.

Letters from Albert Guinon to André Antoine

  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., on letterhead «Hotel Cosmopolitain, rue d’Antibes, Cannes». Congratulates Antoine on the news of the new theatre being built.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mardi». Professor G.P. Baker, from Harvard University, is invited at the Sorbonne to give a talk on the history of British theatre. Baker appreciates Guinon’s plays and Guinon and Baker will meet to discuss. Guinon would be delighted to introduce Antoine to Baker. Is Antoine free?
  • Autograph bristol card from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «mercredi matin». Will not be able to arrange a meeting between Antoine and Mr. Baker for that evening. Will try for another day.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «1er juin 1906», with address «20 avenue Carnot». Has received Antoine’s letter. Reminds Antoine that he wrote to him a few months back, when Antoine became director of L’Odéon, to tell him that Guinon had already signed a contract with L’Odéon for his play.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Vendredi 9 juillet 1906», with address «Douarmenet (Finistère)». Will send his manuscript of Une fantaisie to Antoine – should he send it to the Odéon or to Camaret?
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Jeudi soir 12 juillet 1906». As requested, will send Une fantaisie to the Odéon.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «20 juillet 06», with address «Douarnenet (Finistère)» Expects that Antoine has had the manuscript of Une fantaisie sent to him from the Odéon to Camaret.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «12 décembre 1906», with address «20 Avenue Carnot». Agrees with Antoine that the casting for the role of Orsier should be handled with care. Dumény would be perfect.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «le 31 décembre 1906», with address «Hôtel Cosmopolitain Cannes (Alpes Maritimes)». Has just arrived in Cannes and is sending his address, in case Antoine needs to be in touch. Send his best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «Hôtel Cosmopolitain Cannes (Alpes Maritimes)». Agrees that Dumény would be perfect for the role of Orsier. If Dumény is not free, and only if he is not free, Huguenet could also be considered.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «Hôtel Cosmopolitain Cannes (Alpes Maritimes)». When will the rehearsals start? If Dumény is not free, has Antoine given any thought to what Guinon wrote a month earlier, about Huguenet.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «10 juillet 1907», with address «À Tréboul (Finistère)». In August, hopes to see Antoine in Camaret. Is writing a new play for Antoine’s theatre; hopes it’s all right with Antoine.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Le 17 juillet 07». Has received no reply from Antoine – sent his letter a week ago, to Camaret. Is waiting to hear from Antoine about Guinon going to Camaret; and also waiting to hear about his offer to write another play.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Tréboul, Finistère». Is working on the «scénario» of the play he is writing for Antoine. Will read it to Antoine when he sees him next.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «21 juillet 1907». Is sorry to hear that Antoine is unwell.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «Tréboul (Finistère)». Has not been able to see Antoine in Camaret. Talks about his play Son père, which is very different from the play Patachon, by Hennequin[?]. Is still at work on the new play for Antoine.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Tréboul, le mardi 20 août 07». Would like to see Antoine before leaving for Brest. If Antoine comes to Tréboul, Guinon would be happy to offer him a room.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mercredi 21 août 07». Tries to arrange a meeting – is going away and Antoine is in Camaret.
  • Autograph bristol card from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «1er janvier 1908», with address «Hôtel Cosmopolitain, Cannes». Sends his best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Cannes 16 mars 1908». Recommends a play by a young author, Henri Verne. Will be back in Paris on 10 April.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «20 Avenue Carnot». Talked to Clerget last night – to clear the misunderstanding. They are now free to cast anyone they want.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «dimanche» [between 1900 and 1910], on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Cabinet du directeur», with address «20, avenue Carnot». Came around to see Antoine, who was not there. Will be in Paris until July.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Dimanche soir». In addition to what they discussed earlier in the day, Guinon heard that the Théâtre de la Renaissance has seen its takings go down by 2,000 fr, compared with a week before.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Dimanche». The journalist is exaggerating – Guinon has not finished his play for Antoine. He will give Antoine a «scénario» before leaving Paris.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mercredi matin». Will make an appointment with Antoine. Most theatres have seen a dip in their takings, compared to the previous week. As for them, it’s still quite good. Would it be possible to add a little note to the matinée programs, advertising the evening shows?
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «20 avenue Carnot». Is still in Paris for a little while. Will give Antoine a detailed summary of his play, for discussion.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., on letterhead «Stella-Hôtel, 20, avenue Carnot, Paris (Étoile). Best Family-House». Has seen Baschet – they will advertise Son père in December, in the context of their subscription campaign for the new year. Also, is asking Antoine not to advertise in the newspapers that the troupe will be going to Anvers for a day. People may think that the troupe will be gone for much longer and it could adversely affect the play in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Vendredi soir». As they discussed on the telephone earlier in the day, Guinon will be in Paris Sunday night and at L’Odéon on Monday. Is counting on the fact that Antoine will supervise personally all the rehearsals.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Lundi 5 h ¼», on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Cabinet du Directeur». Antoine will be happy to hear that tickets are selling as well as the week before.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., on letterhead «Hôtel Cosmopolitain. Rue d’Antibes, Cannes». If what Guinon is reading in the newspapers is true [about a theatre being built in a hotel], hopes that Antoine will accept to direct it.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Vendredi», on letterhead «Gd Hotel de famille Stella. 20, avenue Carnot. First class boarding-house». Is back in Paris. Will come for a visit tomorrow.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Jeudi», on letterhead «Hotel & Pension “Stella”, 20, avenue Carnot». Asks Antoine to tell him if he want to see Guinon on Friday or on Saturday, at what time and where.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «20, avenue Carnot». Is back in Paris. Invites Antoine for a lunch at Weber, on rue Royale.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Le 24 mai 1907». Antoine and Guinon agree that the play Son père will be staged at the Odéon from 1st April.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Dimanche», on letterhead «Hotel & Pension “Stella”, 20, avenue Carnot». For this sort of play, the coincidence is not relevant. What matters is how it is executed. Will see Antoine after his première, for a meeting. Is waiting for a word from Antoine.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mardi», on letterhead «Hotel & Pension Stella, 20, avenue Carnot Paris (Étoile)». Was by chance with Franck, who told him this: Guinon’s play and Duquesnel’s play are similar. For this reason, there is a rumour to the effect that Antoine will stage the actor Dumény in another play (not Guinon’s). Guinon wants Antoine to know about these rumours.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Dimanche matin». Tells Antoine to do what he thinks is best. Will see him in the afternoon.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Douarnenez] from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «? juil. 08». «C’est de là que je vous dis bonjour et bons souhaits.»
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «vendredi matin», on letterhead «Hotel & Pension Stella, 20, avenue Carnot Paris (Étoile)». Will be at the Odéon, with actor Dumény, on Saturday, at 5pm.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to [? – an administrator at the Odéon], dated «Douarnenez Finistère». His play Une fantaisie, to be staged soon at the Odéon, will bear a different title, and should read as follow in the program: «Son père, par Albert Guinon et Alfred Bouchinet».
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Samedi». Tells Antoine about the change of title of his play, and about the fact that Guinon already wrote to the administrator of the Odéon regarding the program.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «9 août 1906», with address «Douarnebez Finistère». His delighted that Antoine likes his play Une fantaisie, and that it will be staged during the upcoming season. Will not be able to visit Antoine in Camaret.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «Douarnenez, Finistère», stamped «Répondu le 21 7e». Will be in Paris in October; can be there earlier, if it’s necessary for the rehearsals of his play Son père. The actress Mlle Sylvie would be a wonderful Jeanne Orsier.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Douarnenez, 9 septembre 1906». Will not bother with this issue about «priorité de titre».
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mercredi soir». Talked to Micheau about the play Patachon. The similarities are not that great between the two plays.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d. Summarizes the plot of the play Patachon, by Hennequin and Duquesnel. It is different from his own play Son père, even if the starting point is similar.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «9 du 7 06». Should manuscript be sent to the Odéon or to Camaret?
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «7 du 3 07». Will ask Bouchinet to go see Antoine. Will wait to hear from Antoine before talking to Dubosc.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «7 du 3 07». Dubosc could accept but may have other engagements. Antoine should see with Judic and Franck.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «8 du 3 07». Dubosc is free – will contact Antoine directly.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «11 du 3 07». Accepts that his play will be staged next fall, but they must secure actor right away; New contract must be prepared.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «8 avril 07». Has received the good news with pleasure.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «8 du 10 07». Shares Antoine’s opinion. Want to consult Bouchinet. Will send definitive answer later.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «9 du 10 07». Affirmative answer from Bouchinet. Is ready to leave for first reading.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «11 du 10 07». Will be in Paris Sunday night.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «6 janv. 08». Thanks Antoine for his affectionate letter.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «? fév. 08». Will be away from Paris for quite a while. Wants to be there for rehearsals. Accepts project in principle.
  • Autograph carte pneumatique from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mercredi», stamped «Paris 22 du 5 07». Has heard that Porel is unwell.
  • Autograph carte pneumatique from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «jeudi matin», stamped «19 du 12 07». Wants Antoine to make sure that people know Dumény will be playing.
  • Autograph carte pneumatique from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Lundi», stamped «2 du 12 07». Has heard that the takings, in several theatres, have gone down significantly, which is not the case for Antoine’s theatre.

Letters to André Antoine

  • Autograph bristol card from actress Blanche Denège to Antoine, dated «1er janvier 1929», letterhead «43, rue Saint-Georges Téléph: Trudaine 31-22». Wishing Antoine a happy new year.
  • Autograph postcard [sketch of Antoine by Zim] from Gabriel Signoret to Antoine, dated «26-11-26». Word of friendship, reminiscing about the tour in America, when Antoine was sharing with all of them his lessons.
  • Autograph letter from Gabriel Trarieux to Antoine, dated «Le Guéry Barbezieux, Charente. 14 août 1902». Drop a note to Clemenceau; now they have to wait. Shares various gossips. Will touch up his play.
  • Autograph letter from Gabriel Trarieux to Antoine, dated «Paris 1er mars 1919». Is waiting to hear if he will be named at La Gaité. In that case, he will need a secretary. Would Michel be good? If so, can Antoine give his address to Trarieux?
  • Autograph letter from André Dumas [?] to Antoine, n.d. Talks about a ceremony.

Various Letters related to Antoine

Autograph letter from actress Eugénie Nau to [maybe Antoine], n.d., on letterhead «Théâtre Antoine. Régisseur général». The words «Régisseur général» were crossed out; above «Eugénie Nau». Asks for an appointment to discuss a project. NOTE: Eugénie Nau was the actress who created the role of the prostitute in the stage adaptation of La fille Elisa, by the Goncourt Brothers. The play was staged at the Théâtre Libre in 1890.

Envelope (empty) addressed to actress Blanche Deneige; letterhead: «Le Courrier de la presse ‘lit tout’, renseigne sur tout…» - stamp illegible.

Autograph telegraph from Larochelle to François de Curel, stamped «2 juil. 95». Read his open letter in Le Figaro. De Curel is too modest – he should accept the invitation to be staged again on the Théâtre Libre. For the next season, there will be a play by Paul Adam and another one by Barrès. Larochelle hopes that de Curel will join them.
Autograph bristol card from A. Antoine to [?], dated «Parais, le 21 8, 1908» - on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon – Direction». Is asking his correspondent to come on Thursday – it would be the opportunity to discuss the play Le roi Louis.

Printed letter (engraved autograph) from André Antoine to the director of the newspaper L’Écho de Paris , dated «Paris, le 27 mars 1891» -- signed by Antoine in blue ink. Following an article published in L’Écho, deemed injurious by Antoine, he is reacting in writing, while waiting for the newspaper to insert his letter. Antoine will circulate the letter widely. Antoine refutes the accusations made against him by journalist Henry Bauer – concerning his management of the Théâtre Libre, as well as his private life.

Hand-written document: list of actors facing a list of roles – with the mentions «Bruxelles» and «Paris».

Autograph carte-lettre from Émile Paz to Jules Antoine, stamped «13 juin 88». Reminds Jules Antoine that Paz is not on speaking terms anymore with Antoine. Asks Jules to send him as many tickets as possible for the last show, before 2 o’clock. He knows 40 or 50 people who would be very intested to come.

Autograph letter [photocopy] from Antoine to his brother Jules, dated «Camaret, mardi 190[5]» - on letterhead «Théâtre Antoine. Direction». Apologizes that Jules has to deal with all the problems. Antoine was simply trying to avoid legal troubles. Invites his brother to join him in Camaret.

Prospectus advertising the movie Les travailleurs de la mer , directed by Antoine. With a subscription form for the Ligue maritime française.

Autograph letter from Xavier Roux to [Antoine?], n.d. Congratulates his «cher ami» on his Légion d’honneur. Their old friend Becque would be very happy. Roux is delighted.

Autograph letter signed «Un vieil abonné» to [actress Blanche Deneige, according to a handwritten note], dated «Mardi 30 octobre 1906». The «vieil abonné» makes some recommendations to the actress regarding her interpretation of the role of Catherine. He suggests playing the young woman with more restraint.

Autograph carte-pneumatique from A-P Antoine to Pierre Decourcelle, dated «Lundi», stamped «1223». Was very touched by the warm welcome offered to him by Decourcelle. Will call Decourcelle tomorrow, to have more news.

Autograph letter from [signature illegible] to [A.-P. Antoine, according to a hand-written note], dated «Le 2 mai 1949». Letter announced that the step-mother of the recipient has been very ill and is now recovering. She is waiting for the second installment of the settlement, that was signed before the notary.

Contract with M. Chimene, poster and cover

Typed contract between Antoine and M. Chimene, dated «2 février 1917», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine».
Regarding the partnership between Antoine and Chimene for the Gaité theatre.
With a two-page letter [first page missing), where Antoine explains that he does not want to take care of financial issues.
Poster (colour) for the Théâtre Antoine, announcing Blanchette and Boubouroche.
Poor condition – repairs with scotch tape – folded
Cover of Le monde illustré, 2 novembre 1935 – with photo of Antoine.

Théâtre Libre

Théâtre Libre – various secondary sources; copies of photographs (mise en scène).
Two copies of (in German): Guide for the Guest Performande of Théâtre Libre in Residenz-Theater of Benno Jacobson, first volume.

Letters from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders

Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 5 juin 1972», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».
Formal letter: gives permission to J. Sanders to publish any document relating to André Antoine (life and works). The authorization includes André-Paul Antoine’s heirs (to great-grand-son).
Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 28 octobre 1976», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».
Formal letter: as the sole heir of André Antoine, André-Paul Antoine gives J. Sanders permission to use any documents, correspondences (public or private), any books (published or not), anywhere in the world, to conduct research on André Antoine (life and works).
Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 5 juin 1978», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».
As a follow-up to their conversation, gives Sanders permission to publish André Antoine’s correspondence during the Théâtre Libre period [ca 1887-1896].
Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 5 juin 1978», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».
Gives permission to J. Sanders to consult all documents held by other people pertaining to André Antoine. Does not wish to stop other researchers working on the same topic. Is asking documents holders to consult with him prior to giving access to researchers other than J. Sanders.

Autograph letters/cards sent to J. Sanders

-Autograph letter from actor Denis d’Inès to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 7 juillet 1955», with envelope stamped «Paris 7 – 1955» Will meet with Sanders to discuss Antoine.
-Autograph letter from journalist Henri Jeanson to J. Sanders, n.d., on letterhead «Pavillon Louis-Philippe, Honfleur (Calvados)», with envelope stamped «7 – 2 - 1955».Recommends that Sanders contact Colonna Romano to hear more about L’Odéon.
-Autograph letter from Mme Romuald Joubé to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, 6 juillet 1969», with envelope stamped «6 – 7 – 1969».Will send the photographs of her husband as soon as they are copied. Thanks Sanders for his work.
-Autograph letter from Mme Romuald Joubé to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 13 août 1970», with envelope stamped «Paris 14-8-1970».Collection Théâtrale André AntoineHas sent the documents to the director of a newspaper in Québec, whom she used to know. Hopes that they will reach Sanders eventually. Thanks him for his work on her husband’s career.In addition, copies (hand-written) of: one telegram sent by Joubé to Antoine, dated janvier 1938; a letter from Antoine to Joubé, dated 20 janvier 1938; a letter from Antoine to Joubé, dated 3 janvier 1940.
-Autograph letter from Mme Romuald Joubé to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 11 mai 1969».She is unwell – but Mme Sylvie, the actress, told Mme Joubé that Sanders would be in Paris for a while. Hopes to see him later.
-Autograph letter from Mme Romuald Joubé to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 15 juil 1969».Would like to make an appointment with Sanders, to evoke the memories of her husband.
-Autograph letter from actor Pierre Bertin to J. Sanders, dated «27/5/69».Will meet Sanders with pleasure to discuss Antoine.
-Autograph Xmas card (with picture) from L. Level [G. Ancey’s daughter] to J. Sanders, n.d.
-Autograph letter from L. Ancey de Curmieu Level to J. Sanders, dated «10 avril 1967, 22, rue Legendre».Talks about the publication of her father’s plays – with publisher Nizet. Nizet promised to send her the text of the preface written by Sanders, but she has seen nothing yet. Can Sanders press matters?
-Autograph Xmas card from L. Ancey de Curmieu Level [G. Ancey’s daughter] to J. Sanders, n.d.Send her best wishes. Publisher Nizet has promised the proofs by the end of January.
-Autograph letter from Brigitte Level [G. Ancey’s grand-daughter] to J. Sanders, dated «Vendredi 27 juin 1975».Has just heard about the passing of Sanders’ wife. Shares his pain. Invites him to Paris.
-Postcard [mountain] from Josette Reynaud to J. Sanders, dated «24-3-69».At Jeanne Lion’s request, Josette Reynaud will come around to their meeting. Reminds J. Sanders to bring back to 10 letters by Antoine that she lent him. She will bring information on H. de Rotschild.
-Autograph letter from Josette Reynaud to J. Sanders, n.d.Jeanne Lion is very unwell – it would be nice if J. Sanders could send her a letter.
-Autograph letter from Josette Reynaud to J. Sanders, dated «30 sept. 69».Talks about Jeanne Lion, who is declining.
-Autograph letter from Josette Reynaud to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 16-12-69».Jeanne Lion passed away – James Sanders’ letter to her was greatly appreciated. Hopes J. Sanders will come and see her when he is next in Paris.
-Autograph letter from Josette Reynaud to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, 20 octobre 77».Thanks J. Sanders for his letter. Hopes he is enjoying reading the memoirs of Albert Carré, who was a friend of her mother. Madame Coquelin passed away – she was 85. Talk about politics.
-Postcard [picture of Cagnes-Hippodrome] from Josette Reynaud to J. Sanders, dated «7-1-79».Collection Théâtrale André Antoine Sends her best wishes. Reminds J Sanders to return her books.
-Autograph Lletter from Mme. P. Descaves to J. Sanders, dated «Poigny-la-forêt 6-2-69».Would be happy to meet with him. She is willing to pick him up at the train station.
-Autograph bristol card from Mme L[?] Descaves to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, 12 mars 1969».Has not found the correspondence between Lucien Descaves and Antoine. Will keep looking for any documents of interest to Sanders.
-Autograph bristol card from Suzanne Devoyod to J. Sanders, dated «Dimanche 25 novembre» (with envelope).Would be happy to meet with J. Sanders, to discuss her collaboration with Antoine, the various roles she played in Ancey’s and H. Becque’s plays. She lives on the Côte d’Azur and will be back in Paris in May. Is happy to her about L. Level.
-Autograph bristol card from Suzanne Devoyod to J. Sanders, dated «Samedi 2 février 52» (with enveloppe].Would like to answer J. Sanders’ questions – but she has not looked at the play L’Avenir in many years and has not access to the text. Maybe Sanders can lend his copy. She recalls that the play was a great success. Ancey attended all the rehearsals, he was very meticulous and he trusted Antoine. It was a wonderful era.

Letter from Josette Antoine and André Antoine fils (grand-son of Antoine) to J. Sanders

Typed letter from Josette Antoine and André Antoine fils (grand-son of Antoine) to J. Sanders, dated «Les Grands Champs (Chateauroux), le mardi 18 mars 2008».
Very long letter (30 pages) – touching upon a variety of subjects: Zola, painting, Huysmans, Deffoux, etc.
Typed c.v. of André Antoine, grand-son of director André Antoine (2 pages)

Letters from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders

Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 29 mars 1995» (17 pages), with postcards + condolences letter sent by André Antoine fils to Marianne Levy-Alcover (daughter of Colonna Romano) dated 14 mai 1985.
Various considerations on religion – lists 54 questions about traveling to North America.
Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 08 avril 1994» (22 pages), with a typed poem from André Antoine fils and postcards.
Various considerations on his new job.
Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 1ier août 1993» (15 pages), with copies of letters sent by André Antoine fils to Professeur Marcel Burel + photographs of paintings done by Mme Antoine.
Various considerations on his mother’s paintings, and on literature.

Letters from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders

-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 12 septembre 1991» (53 pages).Collection Théâtrale André Antoine
Special Collections | John M. Kelly Library | University of St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto
53 Various considerations on writers.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 15 août 1992» (13 pages).Talks about his father, on the 10th anniversary of his passing away.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 22 décembre 1990» (2 pages).Gives address of Zola researcher.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 09 mars 1991» (13 pages).
Various political considerations.

Letters from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders

-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 05 novembre 1990» (43 pages).Various political considerations.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 23 septembre 1990» (3 pages).Various considerations on Antoine’s movies – could meet Sanders in Limoges.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 28 août 1990» (2 pages).Thanks Sanders for sending his article about Antoine in Camaret.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 6 août 1990» (3 pages).Has not received Sanders’s article on Camaret.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 3 octobre 1988» (2 pages).Does not have the large black binder that used to belong to Antoine. It was probably given to the bibliothèque de l’Arsenal.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 23 février 1988» (20 pages).Thanks Sanders for sending a copy of his book. Various considerations on Antoine’s marital life.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 15 décembre 1987» (6 pages).Various considerations on movies directed by Antoine being restaured.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 15 février 1986» (3 pages).Various considerations on photography.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 16 décembre 1985» (3 pages).Various family considerations (J. Sanders’s son was very ill).Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 11 janvier 1985» (3 pages).Various family considerations (including a remark about the Antoine family – relations are strained).
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «11 décembre 1983» (2 pages).Sanders should ask the bibliothèque de L’Arsenal about the documents he wants – André Antoine fils gave the documents to L’Arsenal.

Letters from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders

-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 7 août 1983» (2 pages).His father made his will clear: all documents pertaining to Antoine and his career must go to the Arsenal. Some are missing (correspondence, brochures, etc.). André fils is asking Sanders to send what he has [?] to the Arsenal.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 9 janvier 1983» (2 pages).
Thanks Sanders for sending a letter on the occasion of the passing away of André-Paul Antoine, his father. Sends the «faire-part» of his father’s death.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils [no signature] to J. Sanders, dated «le 22 mai 1981» (35 pages).Various considerations on children’s literature, politics, art.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 14 septembre 1980» (7 pages).Considerations on the French postal services, politics. Says that Georges Ancey’s wife was André-Paul Antoine’s god-mother.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 7 décembre 1980» (2 pages).Is looking forward to Sanders’s next visit to France – is sending his parents’s best wishes for the new year.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 2 août 1980» (3 pages).Is happy that Sanders was able to look at the register. Is sending his parents’s best wishes.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 25 août 1980» (11 pages).Does not have the register. Sanders should talk to F. Pruner. Thanks Sanders for sending the document «Liste des archives rapportées de Camaret», prepared by M. Kovatchévitch. Various political considerations.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 28 décembre 1979» (1 page).Went to Limoges and is looking forward to telling Sanders about his findings there. Sends his family’s best wishes for the new year.
-Autograph letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «26 décembre 1978» (1 page).Thanks Sanders, on behalf of his parents, for his work to promote Antoine’s career.

Play: L’Ennemie

Play: L’Ennemie, by André-Paul Antoine, published in La petite Illustration, 29 juin 1929. The play was first staged by the Théâtre Antoine in April 1929.

Letters written by André-Paul Antoine & J. Sanders

-Autograph letter [draft] by André-Paul Antoine to [funeral services?], n.d.Wishes to have his father’s remains transferred to the family plot in Camaret. Inquires about the fees.
-Typed document by André-Paul Antoine (5 pages) about his father staging Shakespeare in France in the early 1900s.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to Mattei Roussou, dated «Menton, le 28 août 1946», with address «A.P. Antoine, 28, Boulevard de Garavan, Menton».Talks about the various projects related to his father: the creation of an «Association des amis d’Antoine», the naming of a Paris name in honour of Antoine, etc.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to G. Beral, dated «Menton, le 16 août 1946», with address «A.P. Antoine, 28, Boulevard de Garavan, Menton».Tells his correspondent that his father never completed the third volume of his autobiography.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to Mattei Roussou, dated «Menton, le 16 août 1946», with address «A.P. Antoine, 28, Boulevard de Garavan, Menton».Cannot give access to Antoine’s personnal correspondence. He has to sort it out first, as his father asked him to do before he died. As for the book that may soon be published by another person, André-Paul asks Roussou to tell him the name of the publisher.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders[?], dated «11/10/51».Is at his service – they can make an appointment by telephone.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris le 30 juin 1963», with address «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Will be in Paris for the month of July and will meet with Sanders with pleasure.
-Typed letter from Léone Pichet to Sanders, dated «Montréal, le 6 dcembre 1965», on letterhead «Eurofilm Limitée».André-Paul Antoine will be in Canada and has expressed the desire to meet with J. Sanders.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «10 décembre 1965», on letterhead «The Windsor Hotel, Montreal».Apologizes for not meeting Sanders, but will be back in the spring. Thanks Sanders for sending copies of his articles on Antoine.
-Typed telegram from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, n.d., with envelope stamped «Paris 29-7-1954».Is feeling better. Asks Sanders to call him.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 22 février 1965».Thanks Sanders for his article on Camaret, which brought back many memories.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 15 décembre 1965».Thanks Sanders for sending his article on Antoine and Ibsen. Sanders’s interpretation is excellent.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 20 avril 1970», with address «54, rue Caulaincourt Paris».Was unwell – is now feeling better. Will be working for a television series about early Canada. Asks Sanders to help him information about the first colonists.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 11 mai 1970», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Thanks Sanders for sending the book – which he was unable to find in Paris. Is feeling much better now.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 2 octobre 1970», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Has found part of a ms: the translation of Les revenants (Ibsen) done by Louis de Nessem. Is that the one Sanders was looking for? Can send the document.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 8 octobre 1970», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Has found the entire ms of Les revenants – will send the document. Also sends a letter, dated 1890.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 7 juin 1971», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Is unwell but will still see Sanders with pleasure.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 8 septembre 1971», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Is sending the address of Bergerat’s daughter. Asks for the title of the book on Antoine mentioned by Sanders.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 4 novembre 1971», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe». Is sorry to hear about Mrs Sanders’s illness. Will send a list of the brochures he has about the Théâtre Libre.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 27 décembre 1971», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Best wishes for the new year. Has found many documents that could be of interest to Sanders, when he will next be in Paris.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 13 janvier 1972», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Will write the note about Antoine – some may be surprised with what he will reveal.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 22 février 1972», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Sends the note about Antoine.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 5 juin 1972», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Sends another article on Antoine, at Sanders’s request. Will send the list of documents about Antoine, from which Sanders can chose what he wants to see and borrow.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 17 novembre 1972».Answers the questions sent by Sanders – in 1924, Antoine still has Zola’s letters in his possession. They were lost eventually.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 17 septembre 1973», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Is sending a photograph of Antoine, during his directorship at the Odéon. About the letters from Antoine to Zola: will try to get the address of the buyer.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 22 janvier 1974».His son André is writing a thesis on «l’Acadie» - he would like to go to Canada to further his research. Can Sanders help?
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 12 mars 1974», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Thanks Sanders for his help – it did not work out, but his son will try his luck again in October. Has new documents about Antoine to show Sanders. Should be able to send soon the addresses of the buyers of Antoine’s autographs.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 1er septembre 1975», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».About the ms of La Terre – could not find all the information requested by Sanders, but found one of the descendents of Saint-Arroman. The Zola heirs cannot be contacted through the Société des auteurs.
-Autograph Xmas card from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, n.d., with envelope stamped «29-12 1975».Best wishes for the new year.
-Typed letter [carbon copy] from André-Paul Antoine to Jacques Duviard, dated «Paris, le 22 novembre 1976».Jacques Duviard is the descendent of F. Fabre – and it seems like there is a correspondence between F. Fabre and André Antoine. Would Duviard be kind enough to let Sanders see the letters, for his next book on Antoine.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 29 novembre 1975», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».The Jacques Duviard to whom he has written was not the right person – he is not the descendent of Émile Fabre, the friend of Antoine.
-Typed letter [photocopy] from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 28 octobre 1976», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».
-Formal letter: as the sole heir of André Antoine, André-Paul Antoine gives J. Sanders permission to use any documents, correspondences (public or private), any books (published or not), anywhere in the world, to conduct research on André Antoine (life and works).
-Autograph Xmas card from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, n.d. [1977].Best wishes for the new year.
-Typed letter from Dany Roussel [?] to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 4 février 1977».Sends the information requested by Sanders about a few plays.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 11 octobre 1977», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Hopes to see Sanders in the spring – best wishes.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Décembre 1977».Best wishes for the new year.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 11 octobre 1978».Appreciates Sanders’s remarkable book on Antoine. Remains at his service for the next book on Antoine’s correspondence.
-Autograph letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «Dimanche 11 octobre 1970».Is going his military service – it’s a big change but he is not unhappy.
-Autograph letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le vendredi 27 juillet 1973».Hopes that all will be well for Sanders.
-Autograph Xmas card from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «Le samedi 2 janvier 1971».Is sending his best wishes for the new year.Photograph of André-Paul Antoine, 1975, in his Paris appartment.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to André Antoine, dated «samedi 14», with transcription by J. Sanders.Talks about his transfer from one military hospital to the other – it may take a while. Asks that the certificate for his «croix de guerre» be kept carefully.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «15 juillet 1973», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Sends his condolences to Sanders, regarding the passing of his wife. Reminds Sanders of their old friendship – the Antoines’ house is open to Sanders, as well as their hearts.
-Nine envelopes
-Press clipping [n.d., no source] about Jacques Antoine, son of André-Paul Antoine and grand-son of André Antoine.