Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942

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Minnie Maddern Fiske

  • 1865, Dec. 19: Born Marie Augusta Davey, New Orleans, La.
  • 1868: First stage performance, as the young Duke of York in Shakespeare's Richard III
  • 1880: Appeared on New York stage for the first time, in Fritz, Our German Cousin
  • 1882: Married LeGrand White (divorced 1888)
  • 1890: Married Harrison Grey Fiske
  • 1894, Feb. 15: First appearance in Henrick Ibsen's A Doll's House
  • 1897, Mar. 2: First appearance in Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • 1899, Sept. 4: First appearance in Becky Sharp
  • 1901 - 1907 : Co-managed Manhattan Theater with Harrison Grey Fiske
  • 1903: First appearance in Hedda Gabler
  • 1908, Nov. 12: First appearance in Salvation Nell
  • 1912 - 1913 : Campaigned for legislation forbidding importation of aigrette plumes
  • 1925: Honored in Washington, D. C., as advocate for animal welfare
  • 1927: Awarded honorary D.Lit., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1931, Nov. 7: Last stage performance, appearing in Against the Wind in Chicago, Ill.
  • 1932, Feb. 14 (15?): Died, Hollis, Long Island, N.Y.

Harrison Grey Fiske

  • 1861, July 30: Born, Harrison, N.Y.
  • 1879: Editor, New York Dramatic Mirror
  • 1882: Assisted in establishing the Actor's Fund, a charitable organization providing social and health services to actors in need
  • 1890: Married Minnie Maddern
  • 1893 - 1931 : Managed acting career of Minnie Maddern Fiske and other leading actors
  • 1901 - 1907 : Operated the Manhattan Theater, New York, N.Y., to provide a stage for productions independent of Charles Frohman's theatrical syndicate
  • 1908 - 1932 : Produced, arranged, and staged plays
  • 1911: Sold New York Dramatic Mirror
  • 1914: Declared bankruptcy
  • 1942, Sept. 3: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Minnie Maddern Fiske and Harrison Grey Fiske Papers, 1818-1955, (bulk 1884-1932), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Somerville, Randolph, 1891-1958. Papers, [ca. 1915]-1958. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Henry Arthur Jones Collection, ca.1840s-1931 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932. Minnie Maddern Fiske letters, 1913-1941. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935. Papers of George Pierce Baker, 1882-1926 (inclusive), 1890-1926 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Paul Kester papers, 1880-1933 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Palmer, Albert Marshman, 1838-1905,. Letters to Albert Marshman Palmer from various people, New York [manuscript], 1890 September 20. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Winter, William, 1836-1917,. Autograph letters signed from William Winter to various recipients [manuscript], 1864-1917. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Kalich, Bertha, 1874-1939. Bertha Kalich papers, 1866-1955. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Actors' Fund of America Records, 1880-2005 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942. Letter to Horace Howard Furness, Jr., 1927. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942. Letter, 1914 June 27, New York, N.Y., to Harold Skinner, Proctorsville, Vt. / Harrison Grey Fiske. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Fetz, Florence Mansfield. Florence Mansfield Fetz papers, 1924-1955. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Kalich, Bertha, 1874-1939. Papers, 1882-1955. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Randolph Somerville Papers, [ca. 1915]-1958. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942. Correspondence to Franklin Baldwin Wiley, 1900. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Alden, Timothy, 1736-1828. American and English literary and historical papers collected by Atcheson L. Hench [manuscript] 1753-1952. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hennequin, Alfred, 1842-1887. Letter to Harrison Grey Fiske. Ann Arbor, MI. 1890 Mar. 8. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Kauser, Alice, ca. 1872-1945. Papers of Alice Kauser, ca. 1895-1940 (inclusive). Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942,. Typescript letters signed from Harrison Grey Fiske to various recipients [manuscript], 1885-1899. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Minnie Maddern Fiske and Harrison Grey Fiske Papers, 1818-1955, (bulk 1884-1932) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932. Minnie Maddern Fiske and Harrison Grey Fiske papers, 1818-1955 (bulk 1884-1932). Library of Congress
referencedIn Souvenir programs of theatrical productions, 1883-1965. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Power, Tyrone, 1869-1931,. Autograph letter signed from Tyrone Power, Chicago, to William Jefferson Winter, New Brighton [manuscript], 1915 January 10 Sunday. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Kester, Paul, 1870-1933. Paul Kester papers, 1880-1933. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Goodwin, J. Cheever (John Cheever), 1850-1912. Papers, 1844-1941 (inclusive), 1875-1908 (bulk) Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Barrett, Lillian Foster, 1884-1963. Papers, 1922, April 4, to 1925, June 22, about "The dice of the gods". Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Minnie Maddern Fiske letters, 1913-1941 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Stapleton, Patience. Correspondence with Mr. Fiske, Oct. 1, 1891 / Patience Stapleton. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942,. Typescript letters from Harrison Grey Fiske, New York, to William Winter [manuscript], 1893-1903. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Bertha Kalich papers, 1866-1955 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942,. Typed letters signed from Harrison Grey Fiske, New York, to William Winter, New York [manuscript], 1902. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Forbes-Robertson, Johnston, Sir, 1853-1937,. Autograph letters signed from Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson to various recipients [manuscript], 1886-1926. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Theatrical letters sent to Herbert I. Jackson, 1898-1944. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical papers, 1673-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Kay Barnes papers, 1903-1972 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Actors' Equity Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Actors' Fund of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn, 1857-1948 person
associatedWith Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935. person
associatedWith Barnes, Kay person
associatedWith Barrett, Lillian Foster, 1884-1963. person
correspondedWith Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937 person
correspondedWith Belasco, David, 1853-1931 person
associatedWith Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893 person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
correspondedWith Dorney, Richard, 1842 or 3-1921 person
associatedWith Fetz, Florence Mansfield. person
associatedWith Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932. person
correspondedWith Forbes-Robertson, Johnston, Sir, 1853-1937, person
correspondedWith French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931 person
associatedWith Goodwin, J. Cheever (John Cheever), 1850-1912. person
associatedWith Hennequin, Alfred, 1842-1887. person
associatedWith Henry Arthur Jones person
associatedWith Heyse, Paul, 1830-1914. person
correspondedWith Jackson, Herbert I., recipient. person
associatedWith Kalich, Bertha, 1874-1939. person
associatedWith Kauser, Alice, ca. 1872-1945. person
associatedWith Kester, Paul, 1870-1933. person
correspondedWith London, Jack, 1876-1916 person
correspondedWith Palmer, Albert Marshman, 1838-1905, person
associatedWith Power, Tyrone, 1869-1931, person
associatedWith Skinner, Harold. person
associatedWith Somerville, Randolph, 1891-1958. person
correspondedWith Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932 person
associatedWith Stapleton, Patience. person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
associatedWith Young, Robert, 1927-2008, person
correspondedWith Ziegfeld, Flo, 1869-1932 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
Theater--United States
Vivisection
Theater management
Labor unions--United States
Animal welfare
Strikes and lockouts
Theater--Production and direction
Dramatic criticism
Theater--Finance
Acting
Occupation
Theater managers
Actresses
Function

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Birth 1861-07-30

Death 1942-09-02

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