Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920

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Journalist, newspaper editor, diplomat, drama critic, Mason, bank director, and civic leader, of Toledo, Ohio.

From the description of Papers, 1851-1920 (bulk 1881-1916). (Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center). WorldCat record id: 70965842

Owner and editor of the Toledo Blade, an Ohio newspaper founded by his father, Locke was a serious collector of material documenting American theater history. From the 1890s, Locke served as drama critic for his newspaper under the name of Rodney Lee. Starting as a small reference collection of theatrical clippings to support his work, the collection expanded by gift and purchase. Soon a growing staff was required to clip all items of theatrical interest from the many national newspapers and magazines Locke received, and to paste the material into scrapbooks. Locke often travelled to New York to attend performances and Toledo was frequented by touring companies. According to Locke's wife, for many years until his death, every musical or dramatic artist who visited Toledo, visited Locke and his collection and almost always donated an autographed portrait. Locke was married twice: in 1886 to Kate King who died in 1894, and in 1909 to Mabel Dixey, a former actress, who gave addenda to the collection after his death.

From the guide to the Robinson Locke Collection, 1870-1920, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Newspaper owner, editor, and theater critic of the Toledo Blade (under the name "Rodney Lee").

From the description of Papers, 1885-1927. (Bowling Green State University). WorldCat record id: 46429266

Owner and editor of the Toledo Blade, an Ohio newspaper founded by his father, Locke was a serious collector of material documenting American theater history.

From the 1890s, Locke served as drama critic for his newspaper under the name of Rodney Lee. Starting as a small reference collection of theatrical clippings to support his work, the collection expanded by gift and purchase. Soon a growing staff was required to clip all items of theatrical interest from the many national newspapers and magazines Locke received, and to paste the material into scrapbooks. Locke often travelled to New York to attend performances and Toledo was frequented by touring companies. According to Locke's wife, for many years until his death, every musical or dramatic artist who visited Toledo, visited Locke and his collection and almost always donated an autographed portrait. Locke was married twice: in 1886 to Kate King who died in 1894, and in 1909 to Mabel Dixey, a former actress, who gave addenda to the collection after his death.

From the description of Robinson Locke Collection, 1870-1920. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122346238

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creatorOf Robinson Locke Collection, 1870-1920 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920. Papers, 1885-1927. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920,. Autograph letter signed from Robinson Locke, Toledo, Ohio, to William Winter, Brighton [manuscript], 1910 September 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920,. Autograph letter signed from Robinson Locke, Toledo, Ohio, to William Winter, New Brighton [manuscript], 1910 February 16. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Locke, Robinson. Robinson Locke papers, 1893-1904 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920,. Autograph letter signed from Robinson Locke, Toledo, Ohio, to William Winter, New Brighton [manuscript], 1910 April 16. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920,. Robinson Locke Collection, 1870-1920. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Maude Adams collection, 1879-1956 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920,. Autograph and typed letters signed from Robinson Locke, Toledo, Ohio, to William Winter, New York [manuscript], 1908-1912. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920. Papers, 1851-1920 (bulk 1881-1916). University of Oslo Medical Library
creatorOf Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920. Papers 1881-1935. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
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associatedWith Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. person
associatedWith Ada Rehan person
associatedWith Adelina Patti person
associatedWith Alan Dale person
associatedWith Alice Brady person
associatedWith Alice Nielsen person
associatedWith Amelia Bingham person
associatedWith Anglin, Margaret, 1876-1958. person
associatedWith Anna Held person
associatedWith Anna Pavlova person
associatedWith Annie Russell person
associatedWith Baird, Dorothea, 1875-1933 person
associatedWith Bara, Theda, 1885-1955. person
associatedWith Barrymore, Ethel, 1879-1959. person
associatedWith Belasco, David, 1853-1931. person
associatedWith Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923. person
associatedWith Billie Burke person
associatedWith Blanche Bates person
associatedWith Blanche Ring person
associatedWith Blanche Walsh person
associatedWith Burke, Billie, 1885-1970. person
associatedWith Carter, Leslie, Mrs., 1862-1937. person
associatedWith Cecilia Loftus person
associatedWith Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977. person
associatedWith Charles Frohman person
associatedWith Charlie Chaplin person
associatedWith Clara Morris person
associatedWith Cohan, George M. (George Michael), 1878-1942. person
associatedWith Dale, Alan. person
associatedWith Dame Ellen Terry person
associatedWith Dame Nellie Melba person
associatedWith David Warfield person
associatedWith De Wolf Hopper person
associatedWith Dixey, Henry E., 1859-1943. person
associatedWith Eddie Foy person
associatedWith Edna May person
associatedWith Edna Wallace Hopper person
associatedWith Edwin Booth person
associatedWith E. H. Sothern person
associatedWith Eleanor Robson Belmont person
associatedWith Eleonora Duse person
associatedWith Elsie De Wolfe person
associatedWith Elsie Ferguson person
associatedWith Emma Calvé person
associatedWith Enrico Caruso person
associatedWith Ethel Barrymore person
associatedWith Evelyn Nesbit person
associatedWith Fairbanks, Douglas, 1883-1939. person
associatedWith Farrar, Geraldine, 1882-1967. person
associatedWith Faversham, William, 1868-1940. person
associatedWith Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932. person
associatedWith Francis Wilson person
associatedWith Freemasons. Ohio. corporateBody
associatedWith Fritzi Scheff person
associatedWith Garden, Mary, 1874-1967. person
associatedWith George Bernard Shaw person
associatedWith George M. Cohan person
associatedWith Geraldine Farrar person
associatedWith Gertrude Hoffman person
associatedWith Grace George person
associatedWith Hackney, Mabel, d. 1914 person
associatedWith Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904. person
associatedWith Henrietta Crosman person
associatedWith Henrik Ibsen person
associatedWith Henry Miller person
associatedWith Idah McGlone Gibson person
associatedWith Ignace Jan Paderewski person
associatedWith Ina Claire person
associatedWith Irene Castle person
associatedWith Irving, H. B. (Henry Brodribb), 1870-1919. person
associatedWith Irving, Laurence, 1877-1914 person
associatedWith James K. Hackett person
associatedWith Jane Cowl person
associatedWith Joe Weber person
associatedWith John Barrymore person
associatedWith John Drew person
associatedWith Joseph Jefferson person
associatedWith Julia Arthur person
associatedWith Julia Marlowe person
associatedWith Julian Eltinge person
associatedWith Kyrie Bellew person
associatedWith Laurette Taylor person
associatedWith Lew Fields person
associatedWith Lillian Nordica person
associatedWith Lillian Russell person
associatedWith Lillie Langtry person
associatedWith Lina Cavalieri person
associatedWith Locke, David Ross, 1833-1888. person
correspondedWith Locke, Nathaniel person
associatedWith Louis Mann person
associatedWith Luisa Tetrazzini person
associatedWith Lulu Glaser person
associatedWith Mabel Dixey person
associatedWith Mabelle Gilman person
associatedWith Mansfield, Richard, 1857-1907. person
associatedWith Margaret Anglin person
associatedWith Margaret Illington person
associatedWith Marguerite Clark person
associatedWith Marie Dressler person
associatedWith Marlowe, Julia, 1865-1950. person
associatedWith Mary Garden person
associatedWith Mary Mannering person
associatedWith Mary Pickford person
associatedWith Maude Adams person
associatedWith Maxine Elliott person
associatedWith May Irwin person
associatedWith May Robson person
associatedWith May Yohe person
associatedWith Miskel, Caroline, d. 1898 person
associatedWith Mrs. Leslie Carter person
associatedWith Mrs. Patrick Campbell person
associatedWith Nance O'Neil person
associatedWith Nan Patterson person
correspondedWith Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902 person
associatedWith Nat C. Goodwin person
associatedWith Nazimova, 1879-1945. person
associatedWith Nethersole, Olga, 1870-1951. person
associatedWith Nora Bayes person
associatedWith Olga Nethersole person
associatedWith Oscar Hammerstein I person
associatedWith Otis Skinner person
associatedWith Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941. person
associatedWith Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931. person
associatedWith Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979 person
associatedWith Pickford, Mary, 1893- person
associatedWith Republican Party (Ohio) corporateBody
associatedWith Richard Mansfield person
associatedWith Richard Wagner person
associatedWith Robert Bruce Mantell person
associatedWith Robert Edeson person
associatedWith Rose Coghlan person
associatedWith Russell, Lillian, 1861-1922. person
associatedWith Sarah Bernhardt person
associatedWith Sherman, John. person
associatedWith Sir Henry Irving person
associatedWith Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree person
associatedWith Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson person
associatedWith Sothern, E. H. (Edward Hugh), 1859-1933. person
associatedWith Syd Chaplin person
associatedWith Theda Bara person
associatedWith Toledo Museum of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Toledo Public Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Toledo Symphony Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 65th (1861-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith Viola Allen person
associatedWith Virginia Harned person
associatedWith Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. person
associatedWith Whitlock, Brand. person
associatedWith William Collier person
associatedWith William Faversham person
associatedWith William Gillette person
associatedWith William H. Crane person
associatedWith William Winter person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
associatedWith Young, Robert, 1927-2008, person
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Ohio--Toledo
Rome (Italy)
Toledo (Ohio)
Europe
Paris (France)
Ohio--Toledo
England
United States
Ohio
London (England)
United States
New York (State)--New York
Great Britain
Europe
United States
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Burlesque (Theater)
Theater
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Cartoonists
Singers
Theater--History--20th century
Banks and banking
Theater--Reviews
Theater--United States--History--20th century
Theater--United States--History--19th century
Actors
Dramatic criticism
Minstrel shows
Theater--History--19th century
Blacks in the performing arts
Dramatists
Blacks in the performing arts--New York (State)--New York
American newspapers
Theater critics
Vaudeville
Occupation
Civic leaders--Ohio--Toledo
Newspaper editors--Ohio--Toledo
Bankers--Ohio--Toledo
Collector
Consuls--United States
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Birth 1856

Death 1920

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