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   William W. Appleton collection, 1773-1853.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Worthen Appleton papers ; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

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Bib ID:4078653 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Appleton, William Worthen, collector.
Title:William W. Appleton collection, 1773-1853.
Physical description:0.5 linear ft (44 items in 1 box).
Language(s):In English
Access: Collection located on-site.  More information »


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Scope and Content

44 letters related to British theater in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, dating from 1773 to 1853. The collection is divided into five series: I. Letters to William Kenneth (8); II. Letters to or about Richard Brinsley Sheridan (3); III. Letters to James Winston (5); IV. Theatrical letters arranged alphabetically by sender (26); and V. Non-theatrica l letters (2). The two letters in the 5th series are a letter from a solicitor to Lady Emma Hamilton dated 1806 and a letter from Irish poet Thomas Moore dated 1832. Most of the theatrical letters deal with the engagement of players and theater personnel

Series I: Letters to William Kenneth, 1825-1835

William Kenneth appears to be a London theatrical agent for the provincial circuit. The letters usually concern the engagement of performers by provincial managers or, as in the case of Edwin Simpson, requests for plays and musical pieces to be sent to New York. The 8 letters are in chronological order.

Series II: Letters to or about Sheridan, Richard Brinsley 1773-1775

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1861), dramatist, theater manager and statesman, is best known for his 1777 play.

Series III: Letters to James Winston, 1799-1826

The actor and theater manager James Winston (1773?-1843) became the proprietor of the Richmond (Surrey) Theatre in 1799 under the name of James Neville. In 1805, as James Winston, he purchased an interest in the Haymarket Theatre in London. From 1819 to 1927 he was acting manager of the Drury Lane Theater on behalf of the actor/manager and lessee, Robert William Elliston.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

Collection located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Worthen Appleton papers ; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 03/24/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2018-10-10 Updated and container list added, converted from HTML finding aid. kws

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Kenneth, William.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Milliken, Richard.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poets, Irish.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theatrical agents--England.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theatrical managers--England.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Winston, James.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note


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