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Finding Aid for Frank Wilstach papers on Sothern and Marlowe, 1900-1933.
Frank Jenners Wilstach Papers on Sothern and Marlowe, 1900-1933
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
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Table of Contents
Billy Rose Theatre Division.
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Frank Jenners Wilstach Papers on Sothern and Marlowe, *T-Mss 1934-001, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Papers were found in the Library's Cage Files. The Manuscripts Division of the New York Public Library also holds some papers of Frank J. Wilstach received from his estate in 1934. The papers pertaining to Sothern & Marlowe probably arrived then and were transferred to the Theatre Collection at a later date.
Frank Jeffords Wilstach (1865-1933), American theatrical manager and press agent, was the press representative for Sothern and Marlowe. Born in Indiana, he was the author of The Dictionary of Similes, 1916 and wrote a book and articles about Wild Bill Hickok.
E. H. Sothern (1859-1933), one of the great Shakespearean actors of his day, was born in New Orleans, educated in England and made his New York debut in 1879. The pinnacle of his career was perhaps his Romeo and Juliet with his second wife, Julia Marlowe. He continued to act after she retired in 1924. His first wife was Virginia Harned.
Julia Marlowe (1865-1950), leading American actress in the early 20th century, was born Sarah Frances Frost in England but came to the United States at the age of four. She first appeared as a child under the name Fanny Brough in HMS Pinafore in 1878 and made her New York debut in 1887. She had a long career as a leading actress in Shakespeare and comedies and toured with her husband E. H. Sothern whom she married in 1904. She retired from the stage in 1915, but made a comeback before retiring again in 1924.
Scope and Content Note
Collection consists of correspondence, mostly letters by Sothern to Wilstach, press releases by Wilstach on Sothern and Marlowe, articles and drafts by Sothern or Marlowe and clippings about them. The collection sheds light on the acting careers of the husband and wife team of Sothern and Marlowe and documents the work of their press agent, Frank J. Wilstach.
- Series I: Correspondence
- Series II: Writings
- Series III. Printed material
Series Descriptions/Container List
Letters by Sothern to Wilstach are arranged chronologically followed by undated. These are followed by letters by Wilstach to Sothern, letters by others to Sothern, letters by others to Wilstach and a Letter to the Editor by Wilstach.
The bulk of this series is letters by Sothern to Wilstach in his role of manager and press agent for Sothern & Marlowe. The letters, which shed light on the theatrical careers of Sothern & Marlowe, are numerous though a little hard to decipher. There are also a few letters by Marlowe to Wilstach.
Two carbon copies of typescripts.
With clipping enclosed.
Consists of typescript press releases on Sothern & Marlowe by Wilstach concerning their theatrical touring, drafts of articles and other writings by Sothern and by Marlowe, a press release on Sothern by Townsend Walsh, some miscellaneous notes and fragments, and a volume bound by the Library many years ago of publicity for Sothern & Marlowe.
No name given on reports.
Probably written by Wilstach.
Possibly written by Wilstach.
Includes poem to Julia Marlowe.
Typescript and handwritten, some possibly by Wilstach. Includes a letter she wrote to him asking him to augment the enclosed report of a talk she had with a magazine reporter called, "Women and Marriage and the Art of the Theatre.
Stamped Wilstach Collection and undoubtedly by him, materials were formerly cataloged as MWEZ 1362.
Consists of articles by Julia Marlowe published in newspapers and magazines, articles about her or about E. H. Sothern or Shakespeare, clippings on Sothern and Marlowe, and a clipping on Frank J. Wilstach.
Published in newspapers and magazines.