Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952

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Elizabeth Robins' long, active life (1862-1952) took her in many directions. Robins was American born and reared, but her multiple careers in acting, writing and the women's suffragist movement gave her the opportunity to travel widely and meet several important personalities. In addition to keeping various written records of her experiences, Robins kept photographic documentation of her performances, travels and acquaintances.

From the description of Photographic materials, 1852-1943. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58657038

English actress and author, also known as Mrs. George Richmond Parks; pseudonym C. E. Raimond.

From the description of Papers, 1851-1942. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 29852723

Elizabeth Robins had an abiding interest in her heritage. The close and intricate network of family relationships that formed her earliest environment evidently molded her character as an actress, novelist and woman of independent means. She kept records documenting her family, education (especially of women), religion, and business enterprise in the nineteenth century. The Robins family also served as models for plots and characters in the novels of Elizabeth Robins.

From the description of Robins family papers, 1803-1933. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58657036

Elizabeth Robins' long, active life (1862-1952) took her in many directions. She was an actress, playwright, novelist and feminist. American born and reared, Robins spent most of her adult life living and working in England. Her professional acting career began in 1880 in New York City and encompassed leading roles with the James O'Neill Company, the Boston Museum Company, and the Booth-Barrett Company. She traveled extensively in her lifetime; she visited her father at the mining camps of Summit, Colorado, journeyed to the Klondyke where her brother Raymond Robins had gone in search of gold and visited Raymond Robins and his wife, Margaret Dreier Robins, in Florida. Robins often incorporated her travel experiences into her literary works, enhancing her success as a writer. Her invovlement in the women's suffrage movement led to her active participation in the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), the Actresses' Franchise League, and the Women Writers' Suffrage League. As a result of her devotion to the suffrage movement she came into contact with such notable personalities as Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst.

From the description of Diaries, 1873-1952. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 478372908

Elizabeth Robins' long, active life (1862-1952) took her in many directions. She was an actress, playwright, prolific novelist and suffragist. American born and reared, Robins spent most of her adult life living and working in England. Her professional acting career began in 1880 in New York City and encompassed leading roles with the James O'Neill Company, the Boston Museum Company, and the Booth-Barrett Company.

In 1888 Robins traveled to England where she established herself as a serious actress and eventually became involved in producing and directing plays. She was a major force in the campaign for Ibsen, whose dramas of social realism revolutionized the international stage and brought to Robins an awareness of women's role in society. During the 1890s Robins embarked on a new career as a writer. In 1900 Robins traveled to Alaska and the diary she kept during that journey is a rare account by a woman of the turbulent gold rush days. Robins concluded her acting career in 1902 and thereafter devoted more time to writing and to her growing interest in issues of women's equality. Her interest in feminism continued well into the 1920s. In 1908 Robins met Octavia Wilberforce who became her lifelong companion. Wilberforce studied medicine and became a doctor with a special interest in health matters relating to women and children. In 1927 Robins, along with Wilberforce and Dr. Marjorie Hubert, converted her country home in England, Backsettown, into a restplace for overworked women. Elizabeth Robins died in England on May 8, 1952, in her ninetieth year.

From the description of Papers, 1803-1963. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 478372595

Robins, Elizabeth. (married name: Mrs. George Richmond Parks; pseud. C.E. Raimond) ca. 1865-1952. American actress and author. Played principally in Ibsen.

Wrote: Below the salt (1896) The open question (1898) The magnetic north (1904) A dark lantern (1905) Come and find me (1908) The mills of the Gods (1908) and others. Also suffragist works. [New Century Cyclopedia of Names]

From the guide to the Elizabeth Robins Papers, 1851-1942, (Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Mansfield, Katherine, 1888-1923. Katherine Mansfield letters, 1913. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Letters to William Toynbee, [1870?]-1936. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn William Archer Collection, 1868-1990 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
creatorOf Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952,. Autograph letter signed from Elizabeth Robins, Bergen, to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1888 July 28. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. Virginia Woolf Collection, 1922-1956. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn George Bernard Shaw Collection TXRC99-A3., 1757-1963, (bulk 1875-1950) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Masefield, John, 1878-1967. John Masefield collection of papers, 1894-[1966] bulk (1902-[1956]). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Additional papers, 1848-1915 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, ca.1797-1907. Houghton Library
creatorOf Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952. Robins family papers, 1803-1933. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Autograph Letter Collection: Literary Ladies, 1881-1959 The Women' s Library
creatorOf Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952. Diaries, 1873-1952. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Autograph Letter Collection: Women's Suffrage (also includes postage stamps), 1851-1973 The Women' s Library
referencedIn Dreier, Mary E. (Mary Elisabeth), 1875-1963. Papers, 1797-1963 (inclusive), 1897-1963 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Autograph Letter Collection (additional items), c.1810-1975 The Women' s Library
referencedIn Thomas Day Thacher papers, 1779-1984, 1914-1950 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn John Masefield collection of papers, 1894-[1966, 1902-1956 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Records of the Actresses' Franchise League, 1909-1916 The Women' s Library
referencedIn Letters to William Toynbee, [1870?]-1936 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Smith, E. H.,. Collection, 1888-1934 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Autograph Letter Collection: Letters of Constance Lytton, 1908-1916 The Women' s Library
referencedIn Virginia Woolf Collection TXRC99-A14., 1922-1956 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Thacher, Thomas D. (Thomas Day), 1881-1950. Thomas Day Thacher papers, 1779-1984 (inclusive), 1914-1950 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952. Photographic materials, 1852-1943. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Dreier, Mary E. (Mary Elisabeth), 1875-1965. Papers, 1797-1968 (bulk 1897-1968) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Elizabeth Robins Papers, 1851-1942 Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
referencedIn Records of the Six Point Group (including the Papers of Hazel Hunkins-Hallinan), 1919-1981 The Women' s Library
referencedIn Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. Additional papers, 1848-1915 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952. Papers, 1803-1963. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952. Papers, 1851-1942. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Autograph Letter Collection: Strachey Letters, 1805-1962 The Women' s Library
referencedIn Letters to William Toynbee, [1870?]-1936. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Robins, Raymond, 1873-1954. Papers, 1878-1956. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Papers of Octavia Wilberforce, 1880-1969 The Women' s Library
creatorOf Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. George Bernard Shaw Collection, 1757-1963 (bulk 1875-1950). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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associatedWith Actresses' Franchise League. corporateBody
associatedWith Alaska Commercial Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Archer, William, 1856-1924. person
associatedWith Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850. person
associatedWith Campbell, Patrick, Mrs., 1865-1940. person
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
associatedWith Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. person
associatedWith Dreier, Mary E. (Mary Elisabeth), 1875-1963. person
associatedWith Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933. person
associatedWith HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER, 1830-1908 person
associatedWith Heinemann, William, 1863-1920. person
associatedWith Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. person
associatedWith Hussey, Asabel. person
associatedWith Hussey, Sarah. person
associatedWith Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906. person
associatedWith Little Annie Gold Mining Company (Colo.) corporateBody
associatedWith Mansfield, Katherine, 1888-1923. person
associatedWith MARY ELISABETH DREIER, 1875-1963 person
associatedWith Masefield, John, 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965. person
associatedWith Pankhurst, Christabel, Dame, 1880-1958. person
associatedWith Pankhurst, Emmeline, 1858-1928. person
associatedWith Parks, George Richmond, 1856-1887. person
associatedWith Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. person
associatedWith Robbins family. family
associatedWith Robins, Charles Ephraim. person
associatedWith Robins, Charles Ephraim, 1836-1893. person
associatedWith Robins, Ephraim. person
associatedWith Robins, Eunice. person
associatedWith Robins, Hannah M. person
associatedWith Robins, Jane H. person
associatedWith Robins, Margaret Dreier, 1868-1945. person
associatedWith Robins, Raymond, 1873-1954. person
associatedWith Robins, Sarah E. person
associatedWith Robins, Saxton. person
associatedWith Robins, Vernon. person
associatedWith Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950 person
associatedWith Smith, E. H., person
associatedWith Smith, Isabelle person
associatedWith Smith, Isabelle. person
associatedWith Thacher, Thomas D. (Thomas Day), 1881-1950. person
associatedWith Tree, Herbert Beerbohm, Sir, 1853-1917. person
associatedWith Trevelyan, Charles Philips, Sir, 1870-1958. person
associatedWith Trevelyan, George Macaulay, 1876-1962. person
associatedWith Western Baptist Theological Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilberforce, Octavia. person
associatedWith Women's Social and Political Union (Great Britain) corporateBody
associatedWith Women Writer's Suffrage League. corporateBody
associatedWith Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Great Britain
United States
England
Florida
England
Great Britain
United States
Alaska
United States
Subject
Families--Religious life
Novelists, American--20th century
Women--Health and hygiene
Suffrage
Translators--Correspondence
Women authors, English
Actors--Correspondence
Women authors, American
Motion picture actors and actresses
Actresses
Theatrical publishing
Women--Suffrage
Prison reformers
Novelists, English
Novelists, American--19th century
Women novelists
Women--Education
Playwriting
Genealogy
Families
Theater--Production and direction
Farms
Women's rights
Authors--Correspondence
Family records
Feminism
Literature
Occupation
Authors--England--Correspondence
Translators--England--Correspondence
Actors--England--Correspondence
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Birth 1862-08-06

Death 1952-05-08

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