Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961

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Arthur W. Row (1878-1961) was an actor, writer and director. He was in the class of 1901, and was a member of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, although he only attended Tufts in 1897-98 as a special student. This collection includes books, playscripts, photographs, periodicals that he wrote and letters all concerning his role as an actor, writer, and theatre director. An inventory of his collection exists, and while most of the items have been accounted for according to Row's inventory. In addition, some of his papers can also be found at the Billy Rose Theatre Collection in New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

From the description of Arthur W. Row papers 1893-1938. (Tufts University - Tisch Library). WorldCat record id: 773209161

Arthur William Row was a professional actor, writer, and producer with a lengthy career in the theater, and associations with many legendary performers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Montreal, Canada on June 12, 1878 and moved with his family to Boston in 1893. Row attended Tufts College in Massachusetts from 1897 to 1901, majoring in English, with the intention of becoming a writer. During college, he decided instead to become an actor, and applied to Boston's Castle Square Theatre Stock Company. Row achieved his first role in a major production in 1899 in Minnie Maddern Fiske's Becky Sharp. From that point he was continually involved with the theatre, acting with the Barrymores, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Otis Skinner, and in more modern productions like Orson Welles' 1937 production of Julius Caesar, and A Streetcar Named Desire with Uta Hagen. In 1919, Row helped found the Afternoon Theatre and produced several plays, most notably Aglavaine and Selysette starring Eva Le Gallienne. Arthur Row's association with Sarah Bernhardt began in 1913 when he wrote an article on her for The New Age. Bernhardt liked the piece, and invited Row to meet her. Three years later, Bernhardt's manager William F. Connor asked Row to be the press representative for Madame Sarah's 1916-17 'Farewell' American tour. He published a great many articles on her, and continued to do so after the tour was finished. He wrote a series called 'Memories of Sarah Bernhardt' for The Younger Set magazine, and in the late 1940s wrote a book entitled Sarah The Divine. Arthur Row died in 1961.

From the description of Collection of Arthur Row relating to Sarah Bernhardt, 1913-1921. (University of Pittsburgh). WorldCat record id: 65516783

Actor and author, Row played mainly supporting roles during a fifty year career in the theater and then wrote his reminiscences of the more famous actors with whom he appeared.

He was the publicist for Sarah Bernhardt's 1916 American tour and ultimately published a biography of her, SARAH THE DIVINE. He was also a founder and director of The Afternoon Theatre.

From the description of Arthur William Row papers, 1902-1961. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122456294

Born on June 12, 1878 in Montreal, Canada, actor and author Arthur William Row moved with his family to Boston, Massachusetts in 1893. He entered Tufts College as a special student in 1897, started writing dramatic criticism for Boston area newspapers, and began his acting career as an extra with Richard Mansfield in The Devil's Disciple before joining the Castle Square Theatre stock company in 1898. The following year, Row appeared in New York in Becky Sharp with Mrs. Fiske, Maurice Barrymore and Tyrone Power, Sr. Over the course of a long career, Row also appeared with Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Sir Henry Irving, Otis Skinner, Marie Dressler and Jane Cowl, among others.

As well as acting, Row wrote on theatrical and other subjects for various magazines including Harper's, Bellman Magazine and Poet Lore . He was the press representative for Sarah Bernhardt's 1916 American tour and published a serial about her which he later turned into a book, Sarah The Divine . In 1919 he was a founder and director of the Afternoon Theatre where he produced Maurice Maeterlinck's Aglavaine and Selysette with Eva Le Gallienne and Clare Eames, Moliere's The School for Scandal and Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan . The Afternoon Theatre was a cooperative venture that sought to expand opportunities for actors, playwrights and audiences to try new roles by producing seldom seen plays on afternoons without regularly scheduled matinees.

While Row's death date is uncertain, his pen seems to stop in the summer of 1961, shortly after his 83rd birthday.

From the guide to the Arthur William Row papers, 1902-1961, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Robertson, W. Graham (Walford Graham), 1866-1948. Papers of W. Graham Robertson, 1875-1948. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Norman, Gertrude, d. 1961. Van Dresser-Norman papers, 1895-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Arthur William Row papers, 1902-1961 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961. Arthur W. Row papers 1893-1938. Tufts University - Tisch Library, Tisch Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961. Arthur William Row papers, 1902-1961. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961. Collection of Arthur Row relating to Sarah Bernhardt, 1913-1921. University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn Arthur William Row papers, 1902-1961 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961. Arthur William Row papers, ca. 1945-1952. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Van Dresser-Norman papers, 1895-1956 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1927. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Arthur William Row papers, ca. 1945-1952 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Richard G. Badger papers, 1917-1932. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Afternoon Theatre (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Arthur William Row person
correspondedWith Badger, Richard G. person
associatedWith Barrymore, Ethel, 1879-1959. person
associatedWith Barrymore, John, 1882-1942. person
associatedWith Barrymore, Maurice, 1848-1904. person
associatedWith Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923. person
associatedWith Blanche Yurka person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Churchill, Randolph S. (Randolph Spencer), 1911-1968 person
associatedWith Cornelia Otis Skinner person
associatedWith Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974. person
associatedWith Cowl, Jane, 1884-1950 person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Duse, Eleonora, 1858-1924 person
associatedWith Eddy, Mary Baker, 1821-1910 person
associatedWith Ellen Terry person
associatedWith Eva Le Gallienne person
associatedWith Gertrude Norman person
associatedWith Gest, Morris, b. 1881 person
associatedWith Gielgud, John, Sir, 1904- person
associatedWith Hagen, Uta, 1919- person
associatedWith Hesketh Pearson person
associatedWith Mansfield, Richard, 1857-1907. person
associatedWith Mary Baker Eddy person
associatedWith Mary Fanton Roberts person
associatedWith Morris Gest person
associatedWith Muni, Paul, 1895-1967. person
associatedWith Nance O'Neil person
associatedWith Norman, Gertrude, d. 1961 person
associatedWith Norman, Gertrude, d. 1961. person
associatedWith Richard Mansfield person
associatedWith Robertson, W. Graham (Walford Graham), 1866-1948. person
associatedWith Row, Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961 person
associatedWith Sarah Bernhardt person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 person
associatedWith Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. person
associatedWith Terry, Ellen, Dame, 1847-1928. person
associatedWith The Afternoon Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Tufts University. Class of 1909. corporateBody
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915- person
associatedWith Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 person
associatedWith Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
associatedWith Yurka, Blanche person
associatedWith Yurka, Blanche. person
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United States
United States
United States
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Theater--United States
Theater--History--Sources
Actresses
Actors--Archives
Performing arts--History--20th century
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Birth 1878

Death 1961

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