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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Collection théâtrale André Antoine Sanders, James B. File
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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 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.

Dossier Gustave Toudouze, secondary sources

  • Georges G. Toudouze, «La colonie artistique de Camaret», Les Cahiers de l’Iroise, 1955.
  • James Sanders, «Une lettre inédite de Gustave Toudouze à Georges Ancey, relative au “Bateau des sorcières”», Les cahiers de l’Iroise, 1994.
  • James Sanders, «Camaret, hâvre de pêcheurs et d’artistes», La Revue de l’Université Laval, octobre 1963.
  • André Dupuis, Une famille d’artistes. Les Toudouze-Colin-Leloir, 1690-1957, Paris, 1957.
  • Typed document (1 page): summary of an interview with Georges G. Toudouze.
  • Typed document (5 pages): draft of an article on Gustave Toudouze (by Sanders).
  • Photocopies of an article: Dr. M.-A. Levy-Alcover, «Le foyer artistique de Camaret: à propos de deux artistes dramatiques», in Nautisme, arts, culture, été 1990.

Letters to Georges Ancey and James Sanders

  • Autograph letter from Léon Christian [?] to Georges Ancey, dated «Alexandrie, 2 août 98». Tells about the success of L’École des veufs. Asks for permission to play La dupe. Is working hard and they are staging mostly the répertoire of the Théâtre Libre. Hopes to see the Anceys in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from Gustave Toudouze to Georges Ancey, dated «Château de Kermann’goz en Trégastel, par Lannion (Côtes du Nord), Vendredi 11 septembre 1896». Will soon publish an illustrated novel about Camaret. Is asking Ancey to lend some photographs of the region and of the village to the illustrator, for inspiration. Note: this letter was published by J. Sanders by Les Cahiers de l’Iroise, no 161, février 1994. Offprints in the dossier.
  • Autograph letter from Gustave Toudouze to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris 50 rue de Moscou, mercredi 11 décembre 1901». Likes the play Ces Messieurs very much. It is a shame that it has been censored.
  • Photograph of Gustave Toudouze in Camaret (1903 – as to a note at the back of the photograph – sent to J. Sanders by Toudouze’s son – see letter of 18 juin 1952).
  • Autograph letter from Georges G. Toudouze to J. Sanders, dated «6 mai 1952», on letterhead «Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques, 9, 11, 11bis rue Ballu, Paris (9e). Tel: Trinite 44-97». Will be happy to meet with J. Sanders, at his office, to discuss Georges Ancey.
  • Autograph letter from Georges G. Toudouze to J. Sanders, dated «18 juin 1952», on letterhead «Préfecture de la Seine – Musée Carnavalet. 23, rue de Sévigné. Paris IIIe. Société de l’histoire du costume» - with envelope, not stamped, on letterhead «Préfecture de la Seine». Is sending a photograph of his father, Gustave Toudouze, taken in Camaret in 1903.
  • Autograph letter from Georges G. Toudouze to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 29 juin 52», on letterhead «République française. Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Préfecture de la Seine». Sends two books written by his father on Camaret (Péri en mer, Le bâteau des sorcières). Has no copy of his own book on Camaret but sends the address of his publisher.
  • Typed letter from Georges G. Toudouze to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 7 juillet 1955», on letterhead «Société mutualiste des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques. Le Secrétaire général Georges G. Toudouze», with envelope stamped «Paris, 7-7-1955», on letterhead «Société mutualiste des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques». Is going away, will not be able to see Sanders just yet. Maybe in September, if Sanders is still in Paris.

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 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.