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Size: 64 items.
New Orleans, La.
Inclusive Dates: Ca. 1880-1920
Summary: 64 mounted and unmounted publicity photographs of actors and musicians who appeared at New Orleans theaters during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Citation: Actors and Musicians Photographs (Mss. 2116), Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
From the opening of the St. Peter Street Theater in 1792, music, theater, and, particularly, opera have thrived in New Orleans, especially through the nineteenth-century. During the early part of that era, when the population of New Orleans was under 40,000, the spectacle-loving people of that city enjoyed the productions of three opera companies. Its French Opera Company toured New York, Boston, and other Eastern cities before they had resident companies of their own. As a result, the world’s most famous actors and musicians readily appeared at the city’s many theaters, up to the time of the epoch-ending fire which destroyed the French Opera House in 1919.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection consists of sixty-four mounted and unmounted black and white photographs of actors and musicians who appeared at New Orleans theaters during the period of 1880-1920. Photos range in size from 3 ½” x 5” to 9 ½” x 14.” Handwritten notes on the back of many of the photos identify the individuals, the theater where they appeared, and the name of the play or event. Among the New Orleans houses so identified are the Tulane, Athenaeum, Orpheum, Dauphine, and Crescent Theaters, as well as the French Opera House.
Allen, Viola, 1867-1948
Apeda Studio (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer) Archer, Stelle
Athenaeum Theater (New Orleans, La.) Bangs (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer) Bates, Blanche, 1873-1941
Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951
Bellew, Kyrle, 1855-1911
Boland, Mary, 1880-1965
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Carle, Richard, 1871-1941 Collins, Jose
Corbett, James J. Coyle, Rose
Crane, William H., 1845-1928 Creatore
Crescent Theater (New Orleans, La.) Dauphine Theater (New Orleans, La.) Dixey, Henry E., 1859-1943
Edeson, Robert, 1868-1931
Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932 French Opera House (New Orleans, La.) Hodge, William
Hopper, De Wolf, 1858-1935 Joel, Clara, b. 1890
Kelcey, Herbert, 1856-1917 Kubelik, Jan
Lackaye, Wilton Lauder, Harry Mack, Andrew MacLean, R. D. Mann, Louis
Mantell, Robert B. (Robert Bruce), 1854-1928 Marlowe, Julia, 1865-1950
Melba, Nellie, Dame, 1861-1931 Merry Countess Chorus Girls Morley, Victor
Murphy, Tim Murray, Charles A. Musicians--Portraits
Nazimova, 1879-1945 Nelsen, Battling Novikoff
Orpheum Theater (New Orleans, La.) Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931
Performing arts—Louisiana—New Orleans Pictas, Sim
Roberts, Theodore, 1861-1928 Robson, Eleanor
Sarony, Otto Co. (New York, N.Y) (Photographer) Selwyn, Edgar, 1875-1944
Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942
Sothern, Edward Askew, 1826-1881 Sothern, E. H. (Edward Hugh), 1859-1933 Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932
Spalding, Albert, 1888-1953 Stahl, Rose
Tetrazzini, Luisa, 1871-1940 Tulane Theater (New Orleans, La.) Virginian Scene, The
Walsh, Blanche Webber, Florence Wilson, Al H. Wilson, Francis
Ysaye, Eugene, 1858-1931
Location Box Contents
E:71 18 64 photographs