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Mia Phoebus collection of Tennessee Williams papers

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0828

Scope and Content Note

Mia Phoebus knew Tennessee Williams during the summer of 1940. During that same summer Williams began writing the play, The Parade. The items in this collection were collected or created by Mia Phoebus and all but one are related to Tennessee Williams. The Tennessee Williams material includes a photocopy of the typescript for his play, The Parade and a photocopy of a 1940 photograph which includes Williams and Phoebus. There are also three poems written by Phoebus which reflect on her relationship to Williams: "At Summer's End," "In Memory of Tennessee Williams. 1911-1983," and "In Memoriam: Tennessee Williams." The collection also includes a fourth poem written by Phoebus, titled "Dedicated to Naomi Vanek."


  • Creation: 1940, 2007-2008


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Mia Phoebus

Educator and poet Mia Phoebus was a housemate and confidante of Tennessee Williams during the summer of 1940, at the age of 19. Born Ethel Elkovsky in New York City, Phoebus has been lecturing in the Beverly Hills, California School District for thirty years. It was her experiences with Holocaust survivors that inspired her to write poetry.

CUE Art Foundation. (accessed May 20, 2008).


6 item


Items collected or created by Mia Phoebus, all but one of which are related to Tennessee Williams.


Gift of Mia Phoebus, April 2008.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 55, F0828: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, May 2008. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

Finding aid for Mia Phoebus collection of Tennessee Williams papers
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2008 June 30
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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