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Norman Walsh Taylor papers

Call Number: DRA 50

Scope and Contents

The Norman Walsh Taylor papers document Taylor's development and career as a playwright form his time at Yale Drama School and later at Union Theological Seminary. The papers are composed chiefly notes, sketches, and drafts of his plays, and photographs and programs relating to production. Additional materials are also present, including college notes, childhood memorabilia, and photographs and floorplans related to Davenport Theatre.


  • 1925-1995

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Leonard Molczadski, 2020.


The collection is arranged in two series: I. Playwriting and II. Personal papers.


3.58 Linear Feet (3.58 linear feet (7 boxes))

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The collection contains material created by Norman Walsh Taylor related to his time at Yale Drama School, Union Theological Seminary, and other playwriting endeavors. It includes theatrical production photographs, scripts, class notes, and some biographical memorabilia.

Biographical / Historical

Norman Walsh Taylor was a graduate of Carleton and Yale Drama School (1956). Born Norman Walsh, Taylor used a mononym, "Taylor" for several years before changing his name to Norman Walsh Taylor. He studied religious drama at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and later became a professor of English literature at State University in New York City. He wrote articles, won a Canadian playwriting contest, and his expedition down the Amazon River led to a documentary about mercury pollution in Grassy Narrows, Ontario. He became a Quaker and developed courses in peace and nonviolence, working on a project in Mississippi addressing violence against black voters.

Guide to the Norman Walsh Taylor papers
compiled by Rachel Mihalko
April 2023
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Dacs)
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Finding aid written in English.

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