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Booth-Grossman family papers

Title
Booth-Grossman family papers, 1840-1953.
Author
Booth-Grossman family.
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Vol/DateFormatAccessStatusCall NumberLocation
Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-001 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-001 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-001 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-001 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-001 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-001 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-001 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-001 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
3.5 lin. ft. (8 boxes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
Photographic prints.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. White
Biography (note)
  • Edwin Booth, the focus of this collection of family papers, was one of the most famous American actors of the 19th century.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
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  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1967-001
Author
Booth-Grossman family.
Title
Booth-Grossman family papers, 1840-1953.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The collection contains correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, personal ephemera, programs, printed material and a few speeches. The primary focus of the collection is on the actor Edwin Booth. While there is some professional correspondence and letters from Booth's first wife, Mary Devlin Booth, the bulk of the correspondence consists of his letters to his daughter Edwina from 1867 until his death in 1893, many written while he was on tour. Most of these include her transcriptions made in preparation for her book, EDWIN BOOTH: RECOLLECTIONS BY HIS DAUGHTER EDWINA BOOTH GROSSMAN AND LETTERS TO HER AND TO HIS FRIENDS, a published edition of a selection of edited letters to his family and friends. The writings include Edwina Booth Grossman's reminiscences of her father, the clippings document Booth's theatrical career, the printed material is mainly about Booth and the photographs are of Booth as well as of his immediate family members and descendants.
The collection is also of interest for the light it sheds on family life and social relations in the 19th century and for the times when the larger world intrudes as in a Civil War soldier's account of a battle, transcribed in a letter to Mary Devlin Booth. There are, however, no clippings documenting the Lincoln assassination.
Biography
Edwin Booth, the focus of this collection of family papers, was one of the most famous American actors of the 19th century. Other family members represented in this collection are his first wife, Mary Devlin Booth, their daughter and his biographer, Edwina Booth Grossman and her husband, Ignatius R. Grossman. There is only a small amount of material on Booth's father, the actor Junius Brutus Booth Sr. and his acting brothers, Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. and John Wilkes Booth, most famous as the man who assassinated President Lincoln.
Indexes
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Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893.
Booth, Mary Devlin, 1840-1863.
Grossman, Edwina Booth, 1861-
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1967-001
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