Archive of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw

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Archive of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw.
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15.0 Metres : 471 notebooks and folders, 13 boxes.

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Biographical/Historical note

A zarzuela librettist, playwright, journalism and poet, he was born in Madrid in 1893, the son of the poet and likewise librettist Carlos Fernández Shaw. He studied for his bachillerato at the Colegio de la Concepción and Humanities at the Universidad Central of Madrid, though his studies were interrupted when he started taking care of his seriously ill father at the young age of 13.

When he was 17 years he joined the editorial staff of the daily La Época, where he remained until it closed in 1936. He eventually worked in nearly all areas of journalism, even serving as a correspondent in the First World War. He also worked with ABC and other important provincial periodicals.

To recall major works of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw, many written in collaboration with Federico Romero, is to list some of the genre’s most important: La canción del olvido, in 1916 with music by José Serrano; El caserío (1926), La meiga (1928) and Peñamariana (1944) by Jesús Guridi; Luisa Fernanda (1932), La chulapona (1934) and Monte Carmelo (1939) by Federico Moreno Torroba. With music by Amadeo Vives: Doña Francisquita (1923), La villana (1927), Los flamencos (1928) and Talismán (1932). Jacinto Guerrero put music to La sombra del Pilar (1924), Las alondras (1927), La rosa del azafrán (1930), La Cibeles (1936) and Loza, lozana (1943). Pablo Sorozábal also worked with this singular pair of librettists, writing the music for No me olvides (1935), La tabernera del puerto (1936), ¡Cuidado con la pintura! (1939) and La Rosario o La Rambla de fin de siglo (1939).

Also worth mentioning in this impressive list are: El dictador (1923), with music by Rafael Millán, La serranilla (1919), Las delicias de Capua (1921) y Luna de mayo (1934) by Ernesto Pérez Rosillo, Juan Lucero (1941) by Ángel Barrios, Montbruc se va a la guerra (1945) by Juan Dotras Vila, La moza vieja (1931) by Pablo Luna, and La malquerida (1939) by Conrado del Campo.

After his break with Romero (1947), Guillermo Fernández-Shaw worked with his brother Rafael and together they brought to the Spanish lyrical stage a large number of works in one of the most complicated periods in the history of zarzuela. The following stand out among them: La duquesa del candil (1949) by Jesús García Leoz, Byron en Venecia (1949) by Eduardo Aunós, A todo color y Colorín colorao…(1950) by Manuel Parada; La Lola se va a los puertos (1951) with music by Ángel Barrios, El canastillo de fresas (1951) by Jacinto Guerrero; El gaitero de Gijón (1951) by Jesús Romo; María Manuela (1955) by Federico Moreno Torroba, and Sol de Levante (1965) by Ernesto Pérez Rosillo.

In spoken theatre Fernández-Shaw premiered plays such as Sexto piso (1941), Bolero (1943), Las mujeres en el teatro quinteriano (1945) and Estampas Isabelinas (1951). Among the significant group of unpublished works is Carlos de España, an ambitious page dedicated to the Emperor Charles I.

Besides being a theatre manager, Guillermo Fernández-Shaw also worked as an impresario in various stages of his life. In this area his activity was noteworthy at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela; he played a major role in its 1956 renovation as a delegate from the Spanish Authors Society, which then owned the property.

The legacy of his activity as a journalist includes around 700 articles on very diverse topics. As a poet he wrote more than 600 compositions dedicated to theatre and music figures, to the people and festivals of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and a series of collected poems in a book titled La Paz del Alma. He also translated into Spanish several books by the Catalan poet Miguel Saperas.
Guillermo Fernández-Shaw was a council member of the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE) in different years, vice-president of the 1st Fine Arts Circle and a member of the Press Association.

He died on 17 August 1965 at Calle Claudio Coello number 60 in Madrid. (Biography by José Prieto Marugán, 2014)

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Biblioteca Española de Música y Teatro Contemporáneos de la Fundación Juan March.

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Custodial History note

Donated in 1981 by his heirs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note


Appraisal note

Given their historical interest, all of the documents are to be preserved permanently in accordance with Law 16/1985 of 25 June 1985 on Spanish Historical Heritage.

Existence and Location of Originals note

The Spanish Library of Contemporary Music and Theatre. Fundación Juan March. Madrid.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Writings of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw

This series includes original manuscripts and typescripts wrote by Guillermo Fernández-Shaw: poems, plays, screenplays, translations and lectures. Some of these works are unpublished. There are also drafts, sketches and unfinished works projects.


Original lyrics of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw, most of them unpublished. Translations and adaptations of poetic works of others made ​​by Guillermo Fernández-Shaw and some others poems dedicated to him are also included.

Other (screenplays, lectures, press articles, memories...)

Original writings of screenplays, lectures, press articles, interviews and memories of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw. Some notes (biographical information, bibliographies, lists) collected by him for use in various publications are also included.


Original writings of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw.

Series II. Documentation about his life and work

Organized chronologically in bound volumes, the "Notebooks" contain information relating to private and public career of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw from 1915 until 1993. The materials compose a miscellaneous documentary of newspaper articles by and about Carlos Fernández Shaw, press releases, documentation of his works, handbills, photographs and personal documents. Writings of other authors related to it are also included.

Documentation about his life and work

Series III. Correspondence

Academics, actors and actresses, aristocrats, artists, dramatists, singers, professors and teachers, distinguished Ladies and writers, entrepreneurs, Essayists and polygraphs, foreigners, Family, soldiers, musicians, novelists, journalists and critics, poets, politicians, priests, about his works, corporates, America and others. There are also some letters related to Carlos Fernández Shaw


Manuel de Sandoval, Félix de Llanos y Torriglia, Julio Casares, Federico García Sanchiz, Melchor Fernández Almagro, Ramón Menéndez Pidal

GFS-AE-Actors and actresses

Ángel de León, Antonio Palacios, Emilio Carreras, Enrique Borrás, Eugenio Casals, Francisco Melgares, Valeriano León, Ismael Merlo, Francisco Pierrá, Enrique Rambal, Enrique Chicote, Mariano Asquerino, Maruchi Fresno, Ana Adamuz, Matilde Pretel, Irene López Heredia


Gonzalo Segovia, Conde de Casa Segovia, Francisco Sáenz de Tejada, Barón de Benasque, Luis de Urquijo y Landecho, Marqués de Bolarque 


Manuel Tovar, Juan Comba, Cecilio Pla, Mariano Benlliure, Manuel Fontanals, Salvador Alarma, Manuel Castro Gil


Jacinto Benavente, Carlos Arniches, José López Silva, Manuel Linares Rivas, Eduardo Marquina, Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena, Antonio Paso, Emilio González del Castillo, Ángel Torres del Álamo, José Ramos Martín, Francisco Serrano Anguita, Luis Tejedor, Javier de Burgos, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Enrique Jardiel Poncela, Alfonso Paso, José López Rubio, Edgar Neville


Emilio Vendrell, Marcos Redondo, Emilio Sagi-Barba, Luis Sagi Vela, Antonio Medio, Pedro Terol, Manuel Ausensi

GFS-AE-Professors and teachers

Eduardo del Palacio, José Castillejo, Francisco Armentia

GFS-AE-Distinguished Ladies and writers

Blanca de los Ríos, Gertrudis Segovia, Carmen Icaza, Julia Mélida

GFS-AE-Entrepreneurs and stage directors

Miguel Casals, Juan Mestres, Luis Calvo, Ricardo Velasco, Arturo Serrano, Luis París, Juan Martínez Penas

GFS-AE-Essayists and polygraphs 

Francisco Rodríguez Marín, Ramiro de Maeztu, Guillermo Díaz-Plaja, Francisco Ayala


Gilberto Beccari, André de Badet, Julio Dantas, Alfred Gehri, Maurice Legendre, Robert Achard, André Birabeau, Pierre de Vignier


Letters from Cecilia Iturralde to her son, Guillermo, and from his brother Rafael.


Juan Aznar


Enrique Estela, Conrado del Campo, Vicente Arregui, José Serrano, Eduardo Granados, Emilio Serrano, Federico Moreno-Torroba, Ernesto Lecuona, Enric Morera, Ernesto Pérez Rosillo, Rafael Millán, Leopoldo Magenti, Jesús Guridi, Jacinto Guerrero, Pablo Sorozábal, Narcís Bonet, Jesús Romo, Julio Gómez, Francisco Alonso, Manuel de Falla, Amadeo Vives


Armando Palacio Valdés, Ricardo León, Alberto Insúa, Tomás Borrás

GFS-AE-Journalits and critics

Torcuato Luca de Tena, José Francos Rodríguez, Francisco Casares, Manuel Aznar, Fernando José de Larra, Víctor Ruiz Albéniz, Valentín de Pedro, José Montero Alonso, Antonio Fernández-Cid, Alfredo Marquerie, Federico Carlos Sainz de Robles, Enrique Díez-Canedo


Miquel Saperas, Luis Fernández Ardavín, José María Pemán


Antonio Ossorio, Isidro Pérez y Oliva, Alberto de Alcocer, Eduardo de Rojas y Alonso, Conde de Montarco, Antonio Maura, José María Gil Robles, Joaquín Ruiz-Giménez


Luis Mesonero Romanos, Manuel Aguilar, Andrés Guilmain, Ildefonso Alier, Felipe Pérez Capo, Jean Gilbert, Margarita Xirgu


José García Goldaraz, Obispo de Orihuela, Manuel García Morente, Padre José María Llanos, Cardenal Ángel Herrera Oria

GFS-AE-About his writings

Correspondencia relacionada con las obras "A todo color", "Doña Francisquita", "El caserío", "Luisa Fernanda", entre otras


Sociedad "La Farándula", "Asociación Amigos de los Quintero", Teatro de la Zarzuela


Correspondence with Cuban, Brasilian, Canadian or Mexican entities.

GFS-AE-Carlos Fernández Shaw

Correspondence about Carlos Fernández Shaw: copyrights settlements and tributes for the Centenary of his birth.

Series IV. Pictures

Personal pictures of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw about performances of his works and from his cultural environment (writers, actors, and musicians). Similar photographs are also included in "Documentation about his life and his work" series.

Actors and actresses

Series V. Programs

Programs plays by Guillermo Fernández-Shaw. In addition to programs contained in this series, many programs are included in "Documentation about his life and his work" series, sorted chronologically by release date.


Series VI. Posters

Posters plays by Guillermo Fernández-Shaw. In addition to programs contained in this series, many programs are included in "Documentation about his life and his work" series, sorted chronologically by release date.


Series VII. Private documentation

Guillermo Fernández-Shaw documentation relating to awards, tributes, contracts, drafts of books, adaptations, lists of authors, and various administrative documents (settlements, invoices, receipts).

Administrative and Account documentation
Honors and appointments
Other documentation