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Smedley family theater collection

Smedley family theater collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Smedley family theater collection
Creator: Smedley family
Inclusive Dates: 1898-1919
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet 2 boxes
Collection Number: ms3270
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers tracing theater life of the Smedley family from 1898-1919. In his diary, Edwin A. Smedley writes about time spent in New York and Providence. New York entries regard interviews, agents, looking for work, rehearsals at Carnegie Hall, Amateur Night, C.S. Church, and several visitors. Entries from Providence regard family activities, relaxation, spending time on the beach and boat, and ball games. Most entries begin with a weather update, and the final pages include addresses of friends and family members, and travel and performance schedules. Journal B contains several newspaper clippings regarding Ellis Smedley, Edwin Smedley, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Mabel Tailaferro, Edith Taliaferro, Archie Boyd, the Smedley Sketch Club, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. The collection also includes some photographs, The Little mother script by Katherine Stagg, broadsides, programs, and memorabilia from the theater.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Smedley family theater collection, ms3270, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2019.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Actors -- Photographs.
Scripts (documents)
Theater programs.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Edwin A. Smedley diary, 1910-1912
12Journal B, 1899-1913
13Photographs, 1902, 1905, 1909, 1919
14The Little Mother script, 1898
Contains edits and rewrites.
15Theatre programs, broadsides, tickets, 1899-1911
Little Lord Fauntleroy, featuring Ellis and Edwin Smedley, Metropolis Theatre, 1899.Little Lord Fauntleroy tickets, 1899.Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm program, Glove Theatre.The Little Mother, a story of New York tenement life program, by Katherine Stagg, starring Effie Smedley, Ellis Smedley, Edwin Smedley, Malcolm Arthur, 1911.
2Theater memorabilia
Metal box (make-up kit), mirror, opera glasses, hair comb, pencils, tiny pouch.