University Library

Literature and theatre

Somerset Maugham Collection

This collection, compiled by Australian collector William Riley, incorporates copies of all Maugham's major works including many first and limited editions, proof copies, signed and inscribed copies, books from Maugham's own library, and ephemera. There are approximately 600 monographs in the collection, and in excess of 2,000 items in all.

The ephemera consists of over 60 journal volumes containing reminiscences by and about Maugham; reviews; biographical sketches; souvenir programmes, handbills and posters related to his plays; some correspondence from Maugham; portraits; and letters to and from William Riley concerning Maugham and the collection.

Alec King Collection

Alec King was a former UWA staff member from the 1940s to the 1960s. His collection contains about 500 volumes of twentieth-century English literature, primarily poetry. There are a number of valuable first editions of Auden, Eliot, Joyce and C. Day Lewis, including some signed copies.

Theatre Collection

The basis of the Theatre Collection was a donation by the Playhouse Theatre in 1982. This donation encompassed material from the mid-1950s to 1982. It includes copies of plays (published and unpublished), typescript copies, prompt copies, programmes, playbills, posters, press releases and clippings, and reviews. Although it is primarily related to drama, there is also some material dealing with opera, ballet and film.