The Edward Smith Willard Collection

Scope and Content

Collection of material documenting the work of English actor E. S. Willard.The collection, which has been built up over time, includes scripts, notes, programmes, correspondence and photographs relating to individual projects and productions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Willard documented his work in the theatre with photographs, scripts written by his wife Emily Waters (writing under the pen name ‘Rachel Penn’). He also kept volumes of press cuttings and several performance programs

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here:

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Archivist's Note

Some items are fragile and access information can be found at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to E. S. Willard may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.