Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934

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American playwright.

From the description of Letter, 1922 Feb. 27, to Perry Walton, Boston. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 184904560

Playwright. After early years as a journalist, Thomas wrote popular plays, such as "Alabama" and "Arizona," during the 1890s and the first fifteen years of the twentieth century. In all, he wrote or adapted more than one hundred plays. In addition, Thomas was a leader in dramatic organizations, was active in the Democratic Party, and participated in debates about political questions of his day. He was married to Lisle Colby, sister of Bainbridge Colby, U.S. secretary of state, 1920-1921.

From the description of Augustus Thomas papers, ca. 1880-ca. 1930 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 26661038

After early years as a journalist, Augustus Thomas wrote popular plays, such as Alabama and Arizona, during the 1890s and the first fifteen years of the twentieth century. In all, he wrote or adapted more than 100 plays, though not all were published. Thomas was a leader in dramatic organizations and in the Democratic Party and in debates about political questions of his day. He was married to Lisle Colby Thomas, sister of Bainbridge Colby, who served as United States secretary of state, 1920-1921.

From the guide to the Augustus Thomas Papers, circa 1869-1974, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers.)

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creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Soldiers of fortune : typescript, after 1897. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Stratford Memorial Theatre. Clippings and letters to Horace Howard Furness Jr., 1926-1932. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Coit, Joseph H. (Joseph Howland), d. 1930,. Letters signed from Joseph H. Coit, New York City, to various recipients [manuscript], 1916 February-March. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934,. Autograph letters signed from Augustus Thomas to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1894-1898. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Wendell family papers, ca. 1620-1921. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. In Missouri / [Augustus Thomas]. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Letter to Louis Wiley. New York, NY. 1911 Mar. 31. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Augustus Thomas Papers, circa 1869-1974 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers.
creatorOf Silverman, Joseph, 1860-1930,. Typed letter signed from Joseph Silverman, Temple Emanu-El, New York, to Augustus Thomas, Empire Theatre [manuscript], 1916 February 21. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Bigelow, Poultney, b. 1855,. Autograph letters signed from Poultney Bigelow to various people [manuscript], 1915-1916. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Walter, Eugene, 1874-1941. Quotations and letter, 1908 August 12, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Letter, 1913, January 18, New York, to F. Hopkinson Smith. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn John Jay Chapman additional papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922. The little past : The masterpiece, Cakes and ale, poem, "The Source," 2 letters to Mr. Goodman, Cambridge, Oct. 8 and Oct. 29, 1902, and 2 letters to Mr. Thomas, Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 17, 1912 and Feb. 19, 1912 / Josephine Preston Peabody. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919. J. Alden Weir letter to Augustus Thomas, 1903 July 12. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1914-1916. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lincolnville Butter and Cheese Manufacturing Co. Meeting notice for Lincolnville Butter and Cheese Manufacturing Co., 1875. Lincolnville Historical Society
referencedIn Stark, Samuel. Theatre scrapbook collection, 1860-1950. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Chimmie Fadden : an American play in four acts : manuscript, after 1895. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1909. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Editha's burglar : typescript, after 1888. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919. J. Alden Weir letter to Augustus Thomas, 1903 July 12. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Letter, 1922 Feb. 27, to Perry Walton, Boston. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. The burglar : a drama in four acts. By Augustus Thomas, Chicago, Theatrical agency, 188-? Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Kane, Gerald John, 1901-1957. Collection of Gerald John Kane - Literary, 1571-1951. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924,. Letter from President Woodrow Wilson, The White House, to Augustus Thomas, Secretary of the William Winter Testimonial, New York [manuscript], 1916 March 7. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Depew, Chauncey M. (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928,. Autograph letter signed from Chauncey M. Depew, St. Augustine, Florida, to [Augustus] Thomas [manuscript], 1916 March 7. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn The Robert Cushman Butler Collection of Theatrical Illustrations Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
referencedIn Stark, Samuel. Theatre scrapbook collection., 1860-1950 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Set designs for Alabama, 189- New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Root, Elihu, 1881-1967,. Typescript letter signed from Elihu Root, New York, to Augustus Thomas, Empire Theatre, New York [manuscript], 1916 February 19. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Alabama : a drama in four acts, 1918 / by Augustus Thomas. The College of Wooster, Libraries
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934,. Typescript letters signed from Augustus Thomas, New York, to various recipients [manuscript], 1916. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Wister, Owen, 1860-1938. Papers and correspondence of Owen Wister [manuscript], 1890-1938. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Brown, Alice, 1852 or 3-1938,. Autograph letter signed from Alice Brown to [Augustus] Thomas [manuscript], 1916 February 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923. Papers, 1885-1923. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf MacArthur, James. The Bonnie Brie rush [microform] : dramatized from the stories of Ian MacLaren / by James MacArthur. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Letter to Max Hirsch. New York, NY. 1911 Oct. 16. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. The burglar : typescript, after [189-?]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934. Augustus Thomas papers, ca. 1880-ca. 1930 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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associatedWith Allen, Viola, 1867-1948 person
correspondedWith Bigelow, Poultney, b. 1855, person
correspondedWith Brown, Alice, 1852 or 3-1938, person
associatedWith Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. person
correspondedWith Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 person
associatedWith Cockerill, John Albert, 1845-1896. person
correspondedWith Coit, Joseph H. (Joseph Howland), d. 1930, person
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
associatedWith Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916. person
correspondedWith Depew, Chauncey M. (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928, person
associatedWith Elliott, Glory Thomas. person
associatedWith Empire Theatre (New York, N.Y. : Broadway) corporateBody
associatedWith Fifth Avenue Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Kane, Gerald John, 1901-1957 person
associatedWith Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923. person
associatedWith Lean, Delbert G. person
associatedWith Lewis, Jim Gayle. person
associatedWith Lincolnville Butter and Cheese Manufacturing Co. corporateBody
associatedWith MacArthur, James. person
associatedWith Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922. person
associatedWith Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909. person
correspondedWith Root, Elihu, 1881-1967, person
correspondedWith Rowland, Orlando, Mrs., fl. 1916 person
associatedWith Samuel Stark person
correspondedWith Silverman, Joseph, 1860-1930, person
associatedWith Smith, Francis Hopkinson, 1838-1915, person
associatedWith Stark, Samuel. person
associatedWith Stratford Memorial Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, Lisle. person
associatedWith Thomas, Luke. person
associatedWith Townsend, Edward W. (Edward Waterman), 1855-1942. person
associatedWith Walden, Lionel, 1861-1933. person
associatedWith Walter, Eugene, 1874-1941. person
associatedWith Walton, Perry, 1865-1941. person
associatedWith Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919. person
correspondedWith Wendell family. family
associatedWith Wiley, Louis, 1869-1935, person
correspondedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
associatedWith Wister, Owen, 1860-1938. person
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Authors, American--Social conditions
Travelers--Diaries
American drama--19th century
Voyages and travels--History--20th century
Diaries (Blank-books)
Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery
Honeymoons--History--20th century
Autobiographies--Women authors
Dramatists, American--Manuscripts
Theater 19th century
Authors' spouses--Biography
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Birth 1857-01-08

Death 1934-08-12

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