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Edward V. and Alfred T. Darling papers

Title
Edward V. and Alfred T. Darling papers, 1899-1952.
Author
Darling family.
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Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1986-005Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
.4 lf (1 box)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Contracts.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • O'Connor, Catherine Darling
Biography (note)
  • Edward V. and Alfred T. Darling were brothers born in Waterbury, Connecticut, who became prominent in the business side of New York vaudeville during the first three decades of the 20th century.
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  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1986-005
Author
Darling family.
Title
Edward V. and Alfred T. Darling papers, 1899-1952.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Darling papers document the careers of vaudeville executives Edward V. and Alfred T. Darling. Included in the collection is correspondence and memoirs of Edward Darling for the years 1901-1951, photographs from 1922-23 which are mostly of Alfred, and clippings scrapbooks for each of their careers spanning the years 1899-1952. Of particular interest is the typescript of Edward Darling's unfinished memoirs, composed ca. 1946-7, in which he writes of many prominent performers with whom he worked, including Sophie Tucker, Nora Bayes, and Jack Benny, among others. Also included is a contract proposing financial terms for the book with his intended co-author, as well as a later letter to a friend explaining why he abandoned the project. There are numerous clippings and a souvenir booklet related to star performer Eva Tanguay, who was reported to be engaged to Edward Darling in 1909, although the marriage did not take place. There is also a typed list naming every vaudeville act which played the Palace Theatre, New York, N.Y., between its opening in March 1913 until August 1921.
Biography
Edward V. and Alfred T. Darling were brothers born in Waterbury, Connecticut, who became prominent in the business side of New York vaudeville during the first three decades of the 20th century. Edward V. Darling, born in 1878, began his theatrical career as an usher before becoming private secretary, then business manager, for vaudeville producer E. F. Albee. He later rose to the position of managing director of the Keith-Albee-Orpheum Exchange, one of the most powerful theatrical organizations of its day. Younger brother Alfred Darling, born in 1891, began as a performer and later became the head booking agent for the United Booking Offices. Edward V. Darling retired in 1928 when the K-A-O Exchange was reorganized. Alfred Darling died in 1948, Edward three years later.
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*T-Mss 1986-005
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