The Stockton Axson Eighteenth-Century Drama Archive

The Axson Digital Archive is a collection of 62 digitized books drawn from The Stockton Axson Collection of 18th-Century British Drama, held in the Woodson Research Center. These are available online as PDF files.

This exhibit, developed by Dr. Mike Gavin and his students, contextualizes the Axson collection.

About the physical collection:
Started as a memorial to Stockton Axson, an English professor at Rice, the Axson collection contains British drama first published between 1660 and 1800. With more than 5,000 books, it represents most major and minor literary figures of the period. The plays often have more than one edition, and sometimes more than one copy of an edition is included in the collection.


Philomena R. Bradford, Renee E. Bruner, Caitlin A. Devereaux, Michael Gavin, Ryan M. Glassman, Andrew Kang, Alexander B. Karge, Muhammad I. Khan, Ellen S. Kim, Violetta Krol, Elizabeth (Jane) Labyer, Elena B. Lacey, Sunkyo Lee, Jeffrey Opoku-Darko, Coco Owens, Christine W. Pao, Nicole J. Pariseau, John T. San Pedro, Elizabeth F. Shulman, Maria E. Vrcek.