Vaudeville Collection, 1850s-2007 (bulk 1910s-1940s).


Vaudeville Collection, 1850s-2007 (bulk 1910s-1940s).

This collection consists of materials documenting vaudeville and other entertainment in the United States, particularly in the 1910s through 1940s. The collection focuses on vaudeville but encompasses other forms and eras of American entertainment as well. This collection, originally located at the American Vaudeville Museum in Boston, comprises theatre programs and postcards, sheet music, magazines, playbills, photographs and posters, stage scripts and other manuscripts, clippings and scrapbooks, films, miscellaneous papers, and a large collection of LP albums, as well as some entertainers' costumes and accessories. Some materials are included as photocopies rather than in original form. There are primary materials such as scrapbooks and handwritten stage scripts that document the careers of particular performers, often couples or family members. The collection focuses on vaudeville but encompasses other forms and eras of American entertainment as well, such as film and recorded music. Specific descriptions of scope and content are provided for each series, along with biographical notes for the individual performers' collections.

66.8 linear ft.

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