August Wilson Archive

August Wilson Archive


Teaching August Wilson: A Pedagogy of Self-Determination

Registration is now open!

Join the Center for Urban Education, in partnership with the Pitt Library, for a virtual panel celebrating the life and work of August Wilson and the importance of teaching his writings. This panel launches a deeper collaborative relationship in which CUE will lead a series of workshops with educators about how to develop curriculum and pedagogy that center the August Wilson archive. In addition, the panel invites educators across contexts to a conversation about fostering creative and inventive teaching designs.

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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Updated: February 6, 2023  

August Wilson Society's March 2023 Colloquium

Registration is now open!

August Wilson Society is thrilled to announce its March 2-4, 2023 Biennial Colloquium, Excavating New Landscapes for August Wilson Studies -- 3 days of informative, exciting events to underscore the profound relevance of the August Wilson Archive housed within the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS).

Location: August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

When: March 2-4, 2023

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Updated: January 17, 2023  

The August Wilson Archive is Now Open for Research Use

January 2023

The University of Pittsburgh Library System is pleased to announce that students, faculty, researchers, scholars, and the public now have access to the August Wilson Archive in Hillman Library. Researchers will have access to original scripts and working drafts, production history and other documentation of Wilson’s American Century Cycle Plays. Additional material includes hundreds of notebooks with handwritten notes, Wilson’s unpublished plays, audio-video recordings, photographs, awards, proclamations, honorary degrees, screenplays, and documents discussing film and television adaptations. The organization of the archive is detailed in the collection finding aid.

Appointments are highly recommended to schedule a visit to our Archives & Special Collections Reading Room on the third floor of Hillman Library between Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Updated: January 9, 2023

The August Wilson Archive in the Media

AP: The University of Pittsburgh acquires August Wilson trove

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: August Wilson’s Literary Archive is Coming Home

Chicago Tribune: Playwright August Wilson’s Archive Headed Home to Pittsburgh

KDKA-TV: Pitt Acquires August Wilson Archive

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Pitt Library System Acquires August Wilson Archive

Pittwire: ULS Acquires the Archive of Renowned Playwright August Wilson

InfoDocket: University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) Acquires Archive of Renowned Playwright August Wilson

University Times: August Wilson Archive a natural fit for Pitt and Pittsburgh

Next Pittsburgh: How Pitt’s library acquired the August Wilson Archive and what it means for Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh: The University Library System Receives One Million Dollar Grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation for August Wilson Archive Outreach and Engagement