The Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection consists primarily of Beckett manuscripts and publications, but it also includes theater programs, audiovisual material, and ephemera spanning 1929 to 1981.
The Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection is primarily Beckett manuscripts and publications, but also includes theater programs, audiovisual material, and ephemera spanning 1929 to 1981. Material is arranged in six subseries:
C. Theater programs;
D. Audiovisual materials;
E. Ephemera and miscellaneous;
The unpublished works in the Samuel Beckett-Calvin Israel collection are its greatest distinction. These include a half-dozen manuscripts in Beckett's hand; some 25 typescripts, including an original of the 1930 poem Whoroscope; and several versions of the play Compagnie (1979-80).
Copyright interests have not been transferred to Boston College.
The Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection was collected by Israel, a long-time admirer and eventually friend of Beckett. In January 1991, Boston College purchased the Beckett-Israel collection from George Minkoff, a Massachusetts bookseller who represented Joann Israel, Calvin’s widow.