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Collection Index:ABRAHAMS, Yvonne 1938-1988
Collection Name:Yvonne ABRAHAMS Papers , 1938 (1948-1975) - 1988.
Photos:ABRAHAMS, Yvonne (Writer, composer, speech and drama teacher)• click to view
A2054  YVONNE ABRAHAMS PAPERS 1926 - 1975   
     
  Copyright 2006, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa   
     
  Compiled by Michelle Friedman   
  The Library, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg1989   
     
  Biographical Sketch   
  Yvonne Silbert was born in Krugersdorp In 1926. Before she was twenty she wrote a musical play called 'Take It or Leave It !' The play was produced in Johannesburg by Norah Taylor in August 1948.    
  Yvonne Silbert travelled around the reef teaching Speech and Drama, and acted in amateur theatre productions in South Africa. A play she wrote about Crippen was presented on Springbok Radio.   
  In 1950 Yvonne Silbert married Rupert Abrahams, an attorney. Two weeks later she contracted poliomyelitis and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She regained the use of one hand but composed no more songs as she could no longer play the piano.   
  She continued to write plays and short stories. Most of her time was taken up with teaching speech and drama, and she produced a number of Shakespearean plays at Afrikaans high schools.   
  She died in 1975    
     
  CLASSIFICATION   
  YVONNE ABRAHAMS PAPERS   
BIOGRAPHY OF YVONNE ABRAHAMS (NEE SILBERT)   
Aa  Book   
Ab  Play   
WRITINGS OF YVONNE SILBERT   
Ba  Plays   
Bb  Short Stories   
Bc  Poetry   
Bd  Diaries and Notebooks   
MUSIC SHEETS   
PROGRAMMES   
DRAWINGS   
SPEECH AND DRAMA TEACHING   
Fa  Theory   
Fb  Notes   
Fc  Resources for pupils   
PRESS CUTTINGS   
CORRESPONDENCE   
MAGAZINES   
MISCELLANEOUS   
PHOTOGRAPHS : Stored seperately from collection  
NOTEBOOKS   
TAPES   
     
BIOGRAPHY OF YVONNE ABRAHAMS (NEE SILBERT) 4f.   
Aa  Book on Yvonne Abrahams' Life   
Aa1  'Love Alters Not' by Norah Taylor 122p 1f.   
Aa2  Original manuscript and notes of 'Love Alters Not' 1f.   
Ab  Play   
Ab1  The life story of Yvonne Silbert - arranged for a one-woman show.   
  By Norah Taylor and Bess Finney 26p 1f.   
Ab2  Numerous attempts to write one-act play 1f.   
     
WRITINGS OF YVONNE SILBERT   
Ba  PLAYS 8f.   
Ba1  Musicals 317.   
Ba1.1  'Take It or Leave It!' Original script 62p 1f.   
  Produced 3-7 Aug 1948   
Ba1.2  Look Before You Leap' or 'The Dress Rehearsal' Original script and parts of handwritten script 55p 1f.   
Ba1.3  'The Lady of Little Paris' 18p 1f.   
Ba2  One-Act Plays 1f.   
Ba2.1  'Lunatic at Large' (Last 2 pages missing) 16p   
Ba2.2  'The Bond Maid' 12p   
Ba2.3  'The Wages of Virtue' lop   
Ba2.4  'Crippen' lop   
Ba2.5  Untitled (London?) 11p   
Ba3  Three-Act Plays 1f.   
Ba3.1  'The Cat among the Pigeons' or 'Man on an Island' 53p   
Ba4  Children's Plays 1f.   
Ba4.1  'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' 21p   
Ba4.2  'Strangers' Meeting'   
Ba4.3  'The Toy Princess'   
Ba4.4  'The Unemployed Prince' (Incomplete)   
Ba5  Incomplete Plays 2f.   
Ba5.1  Play about Polio - Untitled. Act 3 is handwritten and incomplete   
Ba5.2  Play about Drugs - Untitled.   
  Includes: Incomplete handwritten script; research on Egyptian police, drugs and cases of drug smuggling   
Bb  SHORT STORIES 1f.   
Bb1  'The Sister of Mercy' 5p   
Bb2  Portrait of a Beaut1ful Woman' (Incomplete) 3p   
Bb3  The Battlefield' (Based on Yvonne Abrahams' personal experience with poliomyelitis)   
Bb4  'Tempest in October' 15p   
Bb5  'The Adventure of Sir Lancelot and the Enchanted Forest' 6p   
Bb6  'The Swimmer' 5p   
Bb7  'A Sense of Business' 5p   
Bb8  'The Sisters'   
Bb9  'In Glasgow' (Handwritten)   
Bb10  'Monkeys at the Ballet'   
Bb11  Medicine the Infallible - Always trust your Doctor!' (Based on Yvonne Abrahams' personal experience with poliomyelitis)   
Bc  POETRY 1f.   
Bd  DIARIES AND NOTEBOOKS 3 vols.   
Bd1  Diary of a trip to England, 1938   
Bd2  Notebook - includes poetry and prose written by Yvonne Silbertc.1948   
Bd3  Notebook - includes thoughts on Verwoerd's attempted assassination1960   
     
MUSIC SHEETS 5f.   
Ca  Songs and music from 'Take It or Leave It!'   
Cb  Songs and music from 'Look before you Leap'   
Cc  Songs and music from 'The Lady of Little Paris'   
Cd  Miscellaneous songs   
Ce  Unsorted music sheets   
     
PROGRAMMES 1f.   
  Includes: theatre programmes for plays produced by Yvonne Abrahams; programmes of productions of Yvonne Silbert's plays   
     
DRAWINGS 1f.   
  Includes: costume designs for various productions   
     
SPEECH AND DRAMA TEACHING 3f.   
Fa  Theory 1f.   
Fb  Notes 1f.   
  Includes: notes on drama, theatre and society through the ages   
Fc  Resources for Pupils 1f.   
  Includes: prose, dialogues and index of poems   
     
PRESS CUTTINGS 1948-1988 1f.   
     
CORRESPONDENCE 1947-1984 4f.   
Ha  Letters of Yvonne Abrahams 2f.   
Ha1  1947-1959   
Ha2  1967-1975   
Hb  Letters to Yvonne Abrahams, 1948-1972 1f.   
Hc  Letters of Norah Taylor, 1948-1984   
Hd  Letters of Rupert Abrahams, 1974-1980   
     
MAGAZINES AND NEWSLETTERS +F.   
Ia  The Recorder, Sept. 1986   
Ib  Trek, Aug 1952   
  Includes: Yvonne Silbert's short story 'The Battlefield'   
Ic  Cheshire Smile, Vol.. 21, No. 4 1975/1976   
     
MISCELLANEOUS 1f.   
  Includes: notes of Rupert Abrahams   
     
PHOTOGRAPHS Stored seperately from collection  
Ka  Unframed photographs 5 items   
Kb  Framed photographs 2 items   
Kb1  Wedding photograph   
Kb2  Rupert Abrahams   
     
NOTEBOOKS 6 vols.   
La  Example of notebook of one of Yvonne Abrahams' speech and drama pupils   
Lb1  Recipe book   
Lb2  Recipe book   
Lc  Speech and drama   
Ld  Rupert Abrahams' notebook   
Le  Cash Journal   
TAPES 2 items   
M1  Recorded songs of 'Take It or Leave It!', Reel 1   
M2  Recorded songs of 'Take It or Leave It!', Reel 2