Lambs (New York, N.Y.)

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Established in New York City in 1874, the Lambs Club is the oldest professional theater club in the United States.

From the description of Lambs Club scores, 1797-1986. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 500922345

Established in New York City in 1874, the Lambs Club is the oldest professional theater club in the United States.

It was modeled after a similar club in London, England (which had been named in honor of Charles and Mary Lamb, who had hosted an artistic salon). In 1877, the club was incorporated. Originally a men's only social club for professionals in the performing arts, it began admitting women as members in the mid-20th century. Famous past members include Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa, and Fred Waring. Membership is by invitation only from a member-in-good-standing. The Lambs, Inc. is governed by a Council consisting of officers, which include: President (Shepherd), Vice-president (Boy), Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian, as well as a Board of Directors. Annual membership meetings are held in January. The club has had three different homes. The first was in a room at Delmonico's on West 14th Street. The second space was on 44th Street in the heart of the theater district. In 1974, that building was sold and the club moved to its current location on 3 West 51st Street. The Lambs Club also is well known for its response to the needs of the entertainment community. A separate Lambs Relief Foundation was formed in 1943 as an organized charity. Supported by donations, it dispenses funds for the benefit of needy, sick, or destitute members of the entertainment profession. By an action of the 1961-1962 Council, the corporate name was changed to the Lambs Foundation.

From the description of Lambs Club records, 1880-1973. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 154318273

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn R.H. Burnside Papers, 1893-1949 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn John Golden papers, 1874-1971, 1925-1954 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Waxman, A. P. Behind the scenes : the romance of the Lambs Club of Broadway : outline of story / by A.P. Waxman. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Clarke, Thomas B. (Thomas Benedict), 1848-1931. Thomas Benedict Clarke scrapbooks, 1880-1936, bulk, 1883-1920. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Lackaye, Wilton,. Autograph letter signed from Wilton Lackaye, New York, New York, to William Winter Esq., Staten Island, New York, 1911 November 17 Friday. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Power, Tyrone, 1869-1931,. Autograph letter signed from Tyrone Power, New York, to William Winter, New Brighton, 1912 November 11. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Burnside, R.H., 1870-1952. R.H. Burnside papers, ca. 1890-1950. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Lep Solomon papers, 1921-1957 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Waxman, A. P. Behind the scenes : the romance of the Lambs Club of Broadway : outline of story / by A.P. Waxman. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Solomon, Lep. Lep Solomon papers, 1921-1957. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Burnside, R. H. (Robert Hubberthorne), 1873-1952. Guide to the R.H. Burnside Collection, ca. 1905-1952. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf McRae, Bruce, 1867-1927,. Autograph letter signed from Bruce McRae to Miss Allen, 1916 February 23. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Lambs (New York, N.Y.). Lambs (New York, N.Y.) menus and program, 1884-1888. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Lambs (New York, N.Y.). Lambs Club records, 1880-1973. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Clarke, Thomas B. (Thomas Benedict), 1848-1931. Thomas Benedict Clarke scrapbooks, 1880-1930. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Lambs (New York, N.Y.). Lambs Club scores, 1797-1986. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Thomas Benedict Clarke scrapbooks, 1880-1936, bulk 1883-1920 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942,. Autograph letter signed from Otis Skinner, New York, to unidentified recipient, 1889 September 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Lambs (New York, N.Y.). Correspondence : with Theodore Dreiser, 1917-1935. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Power, Tyrone, 1869-1931,. Autograph letters signed and telegrams from Tyrone Power to various recipients, 1897-1916. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theaters, theatrical companies, and clubs, 1892-1978. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Astaire, Fred. person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. person
associatedWith Burnside, R.H., 1870-1952. person
associatedWith Burnside, R. H. (Robert Hubberthorne), 1873-1952. person
associatedWith Clarke, Thomas B. (Thomas Benedict), 1848-1931. person
associatedWith Cohan, George M. 1878-1942. person
associatedWith Crumit, Frank, 1889-1943. person
associatedWith Golden, John, 1874-1955 person
associatedWith Lackaye, Wilton, person
associatedWith McRae, Bruce, 1867-1927, person
associatedWith Power, Tyrone, 1869-1931, person
associatedWith Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942, person
associatedWith Solomon, Lep person
associatedWith Solomon, Lep. person
associatedWith Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932. person
associatedWith Waring, Fred, 1900-1984. person
associatedWith Waxman, A. P. person
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United States
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
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