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Townsend Walsh papers, bulk (1890-1935)

Title
Townsend Walsh papers, 1763-1935, bulk (1890-1935)
Author
Walsh, Townsend.
Supplementary Content
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Description
5.5 linear feet (13 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
Autographs.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Source (note)
  • Walsh, Townsend - Estate
Biography (note)
  • Townsend Walsh (1872-1941) was involved with the American theatre as press agent, business manager, drama critic, playwright, collector, theatre and circus historian, and sometime actor.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Surveyed
  • Cataloging updated
Call Number
MssCol 3213
Author
Walsh, Townsend.
Title
Townsend Walsh papers, 1763-1935, bulk (1890-1935)
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Summary
Collection consists of materials documenting Walsh's professional career and his interest in the theatre and the circus. Bulk of correspondence, 1890-1935, is letters to Walsh from authors, actors, theatrical agents, producers, and others concerning his work as a press agent and his collection of theatre and circus memorabilia. Writings include press releases, essays, manuscripts of works about the circus, and notes. Materials collected by Walsh include correspondence of theatrical and circus personalities, manuscripts, autograph signatures, clippings, and memorabilia. Also, family papers, Walsh's business records, and printed matter.
Biography
Townsend Walsh (1872-1941) was involved with the American theatre as press agent, business manager, drama critic, playwright, collector, theatre and circus historian, and sometime actor. In 1897 his play, the Boys of Kilkenny, was produced in New York City. The next year he began work as a press agent in the theatre. From 1923 to 1926 he was a press agent for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. In addition to his work as a press agent for theatrical companies, Walsh also worked directly for several newspapers as a drama critic. His writings included several plays, a published biography of Dion Boucicault, and two unpublished full-length studies on the circus. He was an avid collector of theatrical and circus memorabilia.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Authors.
Press agents.
Theatrical agents.
Added Author
Coward, Edward Fales.
Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932.
Hackett, Francis, 1883-1962.
Hamlin, Fred.
Hyde, James Clarence.
Lawrence, Willian J. (William John), 1862-1940.
Norwood, Edwin P.
Pollock, Channing, 1880-1946.
Quinn, John, 1870-1924.
Shipman, Louis Evan, 1869-1933.
Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942.
Thompson, Lester.
Waldron, James Albert.
LCCN
ms 73000720
Research Call Number
MssCol 3213
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