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Sarah Elizabeth Minchin Barker papers

Call Number: Ms-90-4
Abstract: Sarah Elizabeth Minchin Barker (also known as Sally Barker) was an actress and director whose career was highlighted by the work with The Players at the Talma Theatre and the Barker Playhouse Theatre. She was active in dramatic events at Pembroke, where she taught theatre. Her husband, Henry Ames Barker, 1861-1929 (Brown class of 1893) was a guiding influence and a director of the Players. He was the son of Mayor Harry Barker of Providence and active himself in the civic and cultural affairs of...
Dates: 1844-1988

Bob Brethen papers

Call Number: Ms-2008-005
Abstract: The Bob Brethen Papers consist primarily of type-written descriptions of magic tricks. Most common are card tricks, mental tricks, including jinx card tricks, ESP, psychic routines, and memory and number tricks. This collection was originally part of the Smith Magic collection, but has been removed to stand on its own.
Dates: undated

David S. Josephson papers on Percy Grainger

Call Number: ms.2017.019
Overview: The collection contains research materials on the composer, arranger, and pianist Percy Grainger that were compiled by Brown University Professor of Music, David S. Josephson. Contents include Josephson’s research notes, concert programs, correspondence, articles, and reviews of Grainger’s work.
Dates: 1901-2002

Downs (T. Nelson) collection

Call Number: Ms-2010-013
Abstract: Thomas Nelson Downs was a self-taught magician, specializing in coin tricks, who over the course of his career, performed in vaudeville acts all over the country, owned a vaudeville house, sold magic supplies, and wrote several books of magic instruction. This collection contains his correspondence with fellow magician Edward "Tex" McGuire, documentation of tricks or "effects", patents, advertisements, news clippings, photographs, and show programs.
Dates: 1905-1938

Mellinger Edward Henry Papers

Call Number: Ms-90-5-TEMP
Abstract: Abstract
Dates: 1910-1944

William Paterson papers

Call Number: Ms-2005-1
Abstract: The William Paterson Papers, dating from 1919-2003, include photographs, plays in manuscript, an autobiography in manuscript, a pen and ink drawing, clippings, military decorations, acting awards, pamphlets, and other documents. Paterson, a Brown University graduate (Class of 1941) and a World War II veteran, was an actor by profession. He joined the Cleveland Playhouse in 1947 and worked there for the next 20 years. In 1967 he joined the American Conservatory Theatre where he remained for over...
Dates: 1919-2003, bulk 1940-1992

Playbills collection

Call Number: Ms-2015-020
Abstract: Theater playbills from theaters in the United States. Also includes a few programs for ballet, burlesque, cabaret, elocution contests, ice follies, minstrel acts, movie advertisement booklets, pageants, and variety shows.
Dates: 1883-2012, bulk 1905-2012

Blondie Robinson collection of African-American Minstrel and Vaudeville photographs

Call Number: MS-2015-018
Overview: A collection of 77 vintage photographs, primarily from the early 20th century, the bulk of which is dated between the years 1915 and 1925, formerly owned by Blondie Robinson, an accomplished African-American vaudeville performer of that era. The heart of this collection is comprised of photographs directly associated with Robinson himself that represent a visual composite of his professional life on stage, both as a solo performer and in collaboration with others. It offers substantive...
Dates: 1890-1925, bulk 1915-1925

Frances Herriott Sargent Papers

Call Number: Ms-80-6
Abstract: This collection of about 285 items traces the evolution and production of the play "Porgy" and its operatic expression, "Porgy and Bess". The collection is composed of the professional and personal papers of the assistant stage manager, Frances Herriott (later Frances Herriott Sargent), and provides insight into the major elements of production as well as the personal relationships of cast members and stage professionals.
Dates: 1928-1981

H. Adrian Smith Magic Objects collection

Call Number: Ms-2011-001-objects
Overview: The Smith Magic Objects Collection consists of a number of objects pertaining to magic, collected by Smith over the course of his life. It includes memorabilia from other magicians, various awards and trophies, games, cards, magic tricks, and props for magic performances. There are also a number of wands, as well as a number of decorative objects with a magical theme.
Dates: 1771-1984, bulk 1904-1982