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Tony Pastor collection

Title
Tony Pastor collection, 1863-1959.
Author
Pastor, Tony, 1837-1908.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1995-028 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1995-028 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1995-028 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1995-028 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1995-028 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1995-028 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1995-028 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
3.5 lin. ft. (7 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Scripts.
  • Programs.
  • Photographs.
Note
  • Original unpublished music that came with the collection was transferred to the Library's Music Division.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.500
Source (note)
  • Mrs. Charles Hechler, Jr.
Biography (note)
  • Tony Pastor (1837-1908), singer, songwriter and theater manager considered by many to be the Father of American Vaudeville, was born into the theatre.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1995-028
Author
Pastor, Tony, 1837-1908.
Title
Tony Pastor collection, 1863-1959.
Summary
The bulk of the collection, handwritten scripts and actor's sides for some of the one-act plays and skits that appeared in Pastor's theatres, provides insights into the kind of entertainment that was offered in the best vaudeville bills. The collection also contains photographs of Tony Pastor, programs and broadsides, clippings, a small amount of correspondence, a few songs, and miscellaneous ephemera.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.500
Biography
Tony Pastor (1837-1908), singer, songwriter and theater manager considered by many to be the Father of American Vaudeville, was born into the theatre. His father was a violinist in the theatre orchestra at Billy Mitchell's theatre in New York and six year old Tony sang at temperance meetings. He followed his brothers into circuses and variety shows expanding his range of talents to include acrobatics, clowning, ring mastering, and minstrelsy. With the onset of the Civil War, he seemed to have found his true calling as a singer of topical songs, most with a sentimental or comic edge.
Such was his popularity that he was able to leap into "legitimate variety," appearing as a comic singer at various theatres in New York and on the road before assembling his own company and establishing himself as a manager in his own theatre. He opened in 1865 at 201 Bowery, remaining there for ten years, after which he made the jump to 585 Broadway, which became renowned as Tony Pastor's. From there, in 1881, he joined the northward flow of theatres to the Tammany building on East 14th Street, within earshot of the theatre district at Union Square. He remained there for the rest of his professional life.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
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Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1995-028
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