The Beckett Collection
The Beckett Collection has been recognised as being of national and international importance by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council of Britain.

Billie Whitelaw in ’Happy Days’ 1979 © John Haynes  

The Foundation’s Collection, the world’s largest collection of resources relating to Samuel Beckett, is housed at the Special Collections Service of the University of Reading Library. It contains over 500 manuscript pieces, typescript drafts and notebooks dating back to the 1930s, as well as annotated production texts, books from Beckett’s personal library and many signed editions. Material is constantly being added, both by donation and by purchase.

’Stage Files’ document over 700 international productions of Beckett’s work. There are over 1000 Beckett texts and a similar number of critical works in more than 20 languages, over 550 offprints, around 170 periodical titles, over 2500 news cuttings, as well as dissertations, audio and video recordings, ephemera, posters, photographs and paintings (several presented to the collection by Beckett himself), as well as over 600 autograph letters and large publishing collections. The archive also contains holdings from other institutions in copy, such as the 1930s notebooks now at Trinity College Dublin.