I am indebted to everyone who has written anything of importance and value about Shaw, in any language. The overwhelming majority of writings of this sort--book, pamphlet, magazine, newspaper, broadcast, what you will, is to be found in the Archibald Henderson Collection of Bernard Shaw, housed here in the University of North Carolina Library. These materials, which include many scrapbooks, cover a span of upwards of a century, and were gathered during a period of more than half a century. Their processing and organizing will require a number of years for completion. The illustrations for the Centennial Biography derive from the Archibald Henderson Collection of Bernard Shaw.
After obtaining the authorization from the late Mr. Shaw for the preparation of the Centennial Biography, the assurance of his assistance, and his blessing upon this work, I sent out the following appeal, which appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the civilized world:
All readers, admirers, correspondents, acquaintances, friends, translators, interpreters, enemies, cartoonists, satirists, caricaturists, sculptors, painters, photographers of the wayward Irishman are invited to co-operate with me in the vast project of the Centennial Biography of Bernard Shaw. This work, designed for publication in 1956, Mr. Shaw-s centennial year, will probably run to several volumes, and like my earlier work on Shaw is authorized by the subject. Correspondence with owners of manuscripts, letters, postcards, likenesses, caricatures, cartoons, programmes, playbills, portraits of players in Shaw roles, photographs of scenes from his plays, and all other types of Shaviana, is earnestly invited.--Archibald Henderson, 721 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.
The response was gratifying and impressive; and materials of every description poured in, including original manuscripts, letters, postcards; photostatic and photographic copies of such holographic materials; printed books, pamphlets, magazine articles and newspaper cuttings; and mementos of various sorts, including photographs, theater programs and playbills, fly sheets, leaflets, tracts, Shavian olla podrida. Strangers gave me batches of Shaviana collected over long periods; and not a few wrote reminiscences of Shaw which had never been printed.
To all givers and lenders of such materials, sincere thanks and gratitude are here extended. In the text of the Centennial Biography, innumerable