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Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum records, 1732-1995

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Ms Coll\Dr.Mus
Bib ID 4079692 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum
Title Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum records, 1732-1995
Physical Description 18 linear feet (ca.4500 items in boxes 29 flat folders 2 cartons)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Organized into five series: I. Ms Coll\Dram.Mus (25 boxes, 6 of which contain cataloged correspondence); II. Ms Coll\Dr.Mus.\Geoffroy (one box); III. Ms Coll\Dr.Mus.\Ireland (3 boxes); IV. Ms Coll\Dr.Mus.\Monval (2 boxes); V. Ms Coll\Dr.Mus.\Moore (one box). Alphabetical arrangement. Collection

Description

Summary

A collection of letters, manuscripts, and documents of prominent actors, actresses, and theatrical managers. Many of these are single, unrelated items. The largest body of correspondence is from the American actress, Charlotte Cushman (14 letters). Another figure of major interest is William Charles Macready, partly because of Miss Cushman's relationship to him (she toured with him for several years) and also as there are several of his letters. Sir Henry Irving, Edwin Forrest and James Mowatt are each represented by a few letters. A group of 8 unsigned letters may have been written by the famous singer, actress, and manager, Eliza Vestris. One box contains manuscripts of Samuel Coit, Charlotte Cushman, Clyde Fitch, Wallace Gould, Henry von Heiseler, E.H. Sothern, and Lester Wallack. Six boxes contain Augustin Daly's check stubs and bank books for Daly's Theatre, New York, for 1872-1899. (For additional Augustin Daly business records, see description sheets for Daly's Theatre Collection, X810.128/D15& the Dramatic Library Collection shelf list).

GEOFFROY: 86 letters removed from the Charles Michel Geoffroy, NOUVELLE GALERIE DES ARTISTES DRAMATIQUES, which contains his engravings of theatrical personalities. 15 of these letters are to Lʹeon Monval, stage director of the Paris Gymnase Dramatique, 1832-1852, and were transferred to the Dram. Mus.\Monval Coll. This is a collection of letters, 1828-1892, from performers, authors, directors, and those seeking boxes for the evening's entertainment. Among these are Jacques Offenbach, Pauline Viardot, Delestre Poirson, Marguerite George, Mlle Person, Rachel Fʹelix, and Edouard Plouvier.

GILBERT: Misc. autographs and photographs collected by Anne J. Gilbert (Mrs George Henry).

IRELAND: 494 autograph letters, manuscripts, and documents concerning the New York and London theater world, 1750-1899, from Ireland's own collection, which were bound in William Hartman Woodin's extra-illustrated copy of Ireland's RECORDS OF THE NEW YORK STAGE. The other items bound in this set (portraits, original drawings, playbills, views of theaters and localities referred to) are still bound in the set (in the Dramatic Museum book collection).

MONVAL: 315 letters to Lʹeon Monval (see also GEOFFROY above).

MOORE: 8 letters & telegrams, along with photographs, clippings, programs, and other printed materials relating to the American operatic and film star, Grace Moore, collected by June Lord-Wood, an admirer and music student.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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.

Ownership and Custodial History

Deposit by the Museum, 1956.

Gift of W.H.W. Sabine, 1990.

Gift of June Lord-Wood, 1991.

Gift of William Asadorian, 1992.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed JLW 02/--/1988.

Letters & printed misc. re. Grace Moore Processed HR 12/19/1991.

Schott vs. Prestige lawsuit papers Cataloged HR 12/03/1992.

Engraving of C. Unger, inscribed Cataloged HR 07/20/1994.

letter from Julie Harris Cataloged HR 10/12/1998.

32 Noel Coward Letters Cataloged HR 07/14/2000.

7 H. Granville-Barker letters Cataloged HR 07/20/2000.

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Affidavits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Autographs (manuscripts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bankbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Check stubs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engravings (prints) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inscriptions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Summonses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Actions and defenses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Actors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Actresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bennett, Dorothy Cheston, -1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cochran, C. B (Charles Blake), 1872-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coit, Samuel, 1872-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copyright Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coward, Noel, 1899-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Daly's Theatre (New York, N.Y. : 30th Street) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Daly's Theatre (New York, N.Y. : 5th Avenue) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Delestre-Poirson, C.-G (Charles-Gaspard), 1790-1859 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Design protection Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Donaldson, Thomas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Entertainers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fitch, Clyde, 1865-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Forrest, Edwin, 1806-1872 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frith, Walter Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geoffroy, Charles Michel, 1819-1882 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
George, Mademoiselle (Marguerite-Joséphine Weimer), 1787-1867 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gilbert, Anne Hartley, 1821-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gould, Wallace Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Granville-Barker, Harley, 1877-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Heiseler, Henry von, 1875-1928 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ireland, W. H (William Henry), 1777-1835 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawrence, A. R (Abraham Riker), 1832-1917 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Legal documents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lunt, Alfred Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Magic tricks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Magicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Matthews, Brander, 1852-1929 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maugham, Robin, 1916-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McClintic, Guthrie, 1893-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Monval, L'eon Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Grace, 1898-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mowatt, James, d1851 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Opera Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parsons, Geoffrey, 1879-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plouverie, Edouard Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prestige, Fanny Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rachel, 1821?-1858 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scaife, Roger Livingston, 1875-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schott, Angie Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Singers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sopranos (Singers) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sothern, E. H (Edward Hugh), 1859-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater management Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theatrical managers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theatrical producers and directors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Théâtre du gymnase-dramatique (Paris, France) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Unger, Caroline, 1803-1877 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vestris, Lucia Elizabeth Bartolozzi, 1797-1856 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Viardot-García, Pauline, 1821-1910 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wallack, Lester, 1820-1888 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Webb, Clifton, 1893-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilcox, Herbert, 1891-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilenski, R. H (Reginald Howard), 1887-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women entertainers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women singers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodin, William Hartman, 1868-1934 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Young, Roland, 1887-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Columbia University's Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum, 1910-1971, collected materials of a theatrical interest.