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Edwin Booth Family Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Edwin Booth Family Collection, 1865-1962Save to your list.

ID: SC/EBF

Primary Creator: Booth Family

Extent: 8.31 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Edwin Booth, 1865-1891

Series II: Booth Family, 1870-1962

Date Acquired: 00/00/1972

Subjects: Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893, Booth family, Grossman, Edwina Booth, b. 1861, Theater - United States

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Ephemera, Paper records, Photographic material, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Abstract

Edwin Booth was a 19th century American actor from a well-known acting family that also included his thespian brothers Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth. Booth made his stage debut in 1849, and his great granddaughter Edwina Booth Waterbury Cutting continued the family vocational tradition by pursuing an acting career of her own in the 1930s and 1940s. The Edwin Booth Family Collection contains ephemera and photographs related to Edwin Booth's acting career and the personal and professional lives of his descendants.

Biographical Note

Actor Edwin Booth (1833-1893) was well-known for his work as a tragedian, especially playing Shakespeare's Hamlet. Booth was son of actor Junius Brutus Booth, and sibling to actors Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., John Wilkes Booth, and writer Asia Booth Clarke. Edwin made his stage debut in 1849 with his father Junius. After his father's death in 1852, Edwin toured Australia and Hawaii, earning stage recognition during his 1856 engagement in Sacramento, California. He is remembered today for his Shakespeare performances, particularly his Hamlet in 1864-1865, which he produced with brothers Junius and John.

In 1861, Edwin married Mary Devlin and they had one daughter Edwina (1861-1938). Edwina married banker Ignatius Grossman in 1885. They had two children, Clarence Edwin Booth Grossman, an artist, and Mildred Booth Grossman (1886-1960). During World War I, some family members changed their last name from Grossman to Crossman due to anti-German sentiment. Mildred had three marriages, with the first to Fordham C. Mahony in 1907. She married Cleveland Livingston Waterbury in 1916, and they had two children, Booth (1917-1974) and Edwina (1918-1985). Mildred's third husband was Arthur C. Tilton. Mildred's daughter Edwina is referred to as "Hope" in early family albums. She married actor Richard H. Cutting in 1951.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Edwin Booth Family Collection contains photographs, correspondence, and ephemera related to Edwin Booth and his descendants. The collection is arranged into two series: Series I: Edwin Booth (1865-1891), Series II: Booth Family (1870-1962).

Series I, Edwin Booth, consists of correspondence written by Edwin, theater programs, autographs, and ephemera from Edwin’s lifetime, as well as photographs of Edwin and contemporary actors. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Series II, Booth Family, contains correspondence written by Edwin’s family members and newspaper clippings collected by family members about Edwin’s career and legacy after his death. It also includes correspondence and ephemera related to Booth’s granddaughter Mildred Booth Grossman Waterbury Tilton, great granddaughter Edwina Booth Waterbury Cutting, Edwina’s stepfather Arthur Colburn Tilton, and other relatives. The press, photographs, and publications document the installation of the Edwin Booth statue in Gramercy Park, Mildred's husband Cleveland Livingston Waterbury's World War I training, family trips on the RMS Lucania in 1894, trips to Jamaica, and Mildred's last husband Arthur C. Tilton's Harvard College ephemera. There are also a small number of materials related to the Players Club founded by Edwin in 1888, Edwin's home Boothden built in 1883 in Middletown, Rhode Island, and the Booth family home Tudor Hall in Bel Air, Maryland. Materials are arranged chronologically, with female family members described by their maiden names.

Subject/Index Terms

Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893
Booth family
Grossman, Edwina Booth, b. 1861
Theater - United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Edwina Booth Cutting

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Tony Gardner, 2010

Finding Aid Revision History: Mallory Furnier, 2018


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Series I: Edwin Booth, 1865-1891Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Hamlet Winter Garden Programs, 1865 March 22-1866 January 3Save to your list.
Folder 2: Hamlet Program, 1866Save to your list.
Folder 3: Booth, Edwin to G.H. Howard Correspondence, 1879 November 9Save to your list.
Folder 4: Boothden House Photograph, 1886Save to your list.
Folder 5: Booth, Edwin with Edwina and Mildred Grossman at Boothden Photographs, ca. 1886-1887Save to your list.
Folder 6: Booth, Edwin Photograph, 1889 September 10Save to your list.
Folder 7: Booth, Edwin and Edwina Booth, Mildred, Clarence, and Bella Grossman at Rosalind, Narraganset Pier Photograph, ca. 1889Save to your list.
Folder 8: Booth, Edwin Photograph, ca. 1889Save to your list.
Folder 9: Booth, Edwin at Boothden Photograph, August 1889Save to your list.
Folder 10: Booth, Edwin Photograph, ca. 1890Save to your list.
Folder 11: Booth, Edwin with Mildred and Clarence Grossman Photograph, ca. 1890Save to your list.
Folder 12: Booth, Edwin Calling Cards and Comp Tickets to National Academy of Design and Grolier Club, ca. 1890-1891Save to your list.
Folder 13: Booth, Edwin with Edwina Booth and Mildred Grossman Photograph, 1891Save to your list.
Folder 14: Booth, Edwin to Mildred Grossman Correspondence, 1891 March 20Save to your list.
Folder 15: Booth, Edwin and Lawrence Barrett SignaturesSave to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Booth, Edwin as Hamlet Etching, ca. 1865-1890Save to your list.
Folder 2: Othello and Hamlet Boston Theatre Program, 1886 May 10-15Save to your list.
Folder 3: Booth, Edwin Photograph, ca. 1889Save to your list.
Folder 4: Booth, Edwin Photograph, ca. 1889Save to your list.
Folder 5: Modjeska, Helena Photograph, ca. 1891Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Item 1: HumidorSave to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Item 1: Metal and Wood Strong BoxSave to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Item 1: Stamp BoxSave to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Booth, Edwin and Lawrence Barrett Photograph, ca. 1890Save to your list.
Folder 2: Booth, Edwin and Lawrence Barrett Photographs, ca. 1890Save to your list.
Series II: Booth Family, 1870-1962Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 16: Booth, Edwina at Notre Dame Academy, Philadelphia, ca. 1870Save to your list.
Folder 17: Booth, Edwina Photograph, ca. 1873-1884Save to your list.
Folder 18: [Booth, Edwina] Photographs, ca. 1877-1884Save to your list.
Folder 19: Booth, Edwina Photograph, ca. 1880-1884Save to your list.
Folder 20: Grossman, Ignatius and Edwina Booth Honeymoon Photograph, 1885Save to your list.
Folder 21: Booth, Edwina Photograph, 1886Save to your list.
Folder 22: Grossman, Mildred Photograph, ca. 1886Save to your list.
Folder 23: Grossman, Mildred [Gelatin Dry Plate] Transparency, ca. 1886Save to your list.
Folder 24: Booth, Edwina and Mildred Grossman Photograph, ca. 1886Save to your list.
Folder 25: Grossman, Mildred Photographs, ca. 1886Save to your list.
Folder 26: Grossman, Ignatius and Mildred Photograph, ca. 1886Save to your list.
Folder 27: Booth, Edwina, Mildred, and Clarence Grossman Photograph, ca. 1887Save to your list.
Folder 28: Booth, Edwina and Mildred Grossman Photograph, ca. 1887Save to your list.
Folder 29: Grossman, Clarence Photograph, ca. September 1888Save to your list.
Folder 30: Booth, Edwina Photograph, 1889Save to your list.
Folder 31: Domestic Pattern Advertising Card, ca. 1890Save to your list.
Folder 32: Grossman, Mildred with Ted and Nurse Photographs, 1890Save to your list.
Folder 33: Grossman, Emma and Arpad with Clarence, Ignatius, Edwina Booth, and Mildred Photograph, 1891Save to your list.
Folder 34: Grossman, Mildred with Ted Photograph, 1891Save to your list.
Folder 35: Grossman, Mildred and Clarence Photographs, August 1891Save to your list.
Folder 36: Grossman, Mildred Photographs, 1892Save to your list.
Folder 37: Grossman, Mildred Photograph, ca. 1892Save to your list.
Folder 38: RMS Lucania Voyage Photographs, ca. July-October 1894Save to your list.
Folder 39: Grossman, Ignatius, Arpad, Mildred, and Clarence on RMS Lucania Photographs, July-October 1894Save to your list.
Folder 40: Grossman, Mildred and Clarence on RMS Lucania Photographs, July-October 1894Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Grossman, Clarence and Dog Photograph, ca. 1894Save to your list.
Folder 2: Grossman, Mildred and Clarence at Godshill, Isle of Wight Photograph, 1894Save to your list.
Folder 3: Baker, Mary at Anne Hathaway Cottage, Shattery, 1894Save to your list.
Folder 4: Grossman, Mildred at Swampscott Photograph, ca. 1900-1910Save to your list.
Folder 5: Grossman, Mildred at Narragansett Pier Photograph and Negative, ca. 1910-1916Save to your list.
Folder 6: Grossman, Ignatius Photograph, ca. 1910-1920Save to your list.
Folder 7: Booth Theater The Two Virtues Program, October 1915Save to your list.
Folder 8: Maxine Elliot Theater Quinney's Handbill, October-November 1915Save to your list.
Folder 9: Grossman, Mildred Pregnancy Photographs, ca. 1916-1919Save to your list.
Folder 10: Booth, Edwina and Mildred Grossman in Lafayette Square, Washington D.C. Photograph, 1917Save to your list.
Folder 11: Waterbury Family Negatives and Photographs, 1917-1937Save to your list.
Folder 12: Waterbury, Cleveland Livingston in U.S. Military Uniform Photograph, ca. 1918 August 23Save to your list.
Folder 13: Waterbury, Cleveland Livingston and Dog at Beach Photographs, ca. 1918-1920Save to your list.
Folder 14: Gramercy Park and Edwin Booth as Hamlet Statue Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1918-1944Save to your list.
Folder 15: Waterbury, Edwina and Cleveland Livingston Photograph, ca. 1919Save to your list.
Folder 16: Waterbury, Edwina and Nurse Lilian Wilson in Long Island Photograph, ca. 1919Save to your list.
Folder 17: Waterbury, Cleveland Livingston, Edwina, and Mildred Grossman Photographs, July 1919Save to your list.
Folder 18: Waterbury, Booth and Edwina Bayside Photographs, ca. 1919-1920Save to your list.
Folder 19: Booth, Edwin House Boston Postcard, ca. 1920-1930Save to your list.
Folder 20: Goodale, Katherine [Kitty Molony] Photograph, ca. 1920-1931Save to your list.
Folder 21: Gramercy Park Postcards, ca. 1920-1932Save to your list.
Folder 22: Booth, Edwin Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1922-1959Save to your list.
Folder 23: Grossman, Edwina to Edwina Waterbury Correspondence, 1924 January 4Save to your list.
Folder 24: New York University Hall of Fame Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1925Save to your list.
Folder 25: Waterbury, Edwina Photograph, ca. 1925-1929Save to your list.
Folder 26: Bigelow, Poultney Founder's Night Address, 1929 December 31Save to your list.
Folder 27: Waterbury, Booth at Camp Mische Moka, Lake Winnipesaukee, ca. 1929Save to your list.
Folder 28: Norconian Club Postcard, ca. 1929-1940Save to your list.
Folder 29: Grossman, Mildred Correspondence, 1931 March 24-1955 May 28Save to your list.
Folder 30: Waterbury, Edwina Photograph, 1931Save to your list.
Folder 31: Tilton Waterbury Family in Jamaica Newspaper Clipping, ca. 1931Save to your list.
Folder 32: Cord Car and Clarence Grossman in Jamaica Photographs, ca. 1932Save to your list.
Folder 33: Grossman, Mildred and Arthur Colburn Tilton in Kingston, Jamaica Photographs, 1932Save to your list.
Folder 34: Tilton, Arthur Colburn Photograph, ca. 1932Save to your list.
Folder 35: Booth, Edwin as Hamlet Statue in Gramercy Park Photographs, 1932Save to your list.
Folder 36: Pasadena Playhouse, Players' Club, and Jamaica Scrapbook Pages, ca. 1932-1934Save to your list.
Folder 37: Waterbury, Edwina, Booth, and Lois Grossman at Gramercy Park Edwin Booth as Hamlet Statue, 1933Save to your list.
Folder 38: Waterbury, Edwina Studio Portrait Photographs, ca. 1933-1940Save to your list.
Folder 39: Waterbury, Edwina at Laguna Beach Photographs, 1936Save to your list.
Folder 40: Tilton, Arthur Colbur, Mildred Grossman, Edwina Waterbury, and Dogs Nip and Tuck at Laguna Beach Photographs, 1937Save to your list.
Folder 41: Waterbury, Booth Photograph, May 1937Save to your list.
Folder 42: Manya Movie Play Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1938Save to your list.
Folder 43: Sacramento Theaters Newspaper Clipping, 1938 May 10Save to your list.
Folder 44: Dodge, H.L. to Edwina Waterbury Correspondence, 1938 July 7Save to your list.
Folder 45: Waterbury, Edwina acting in Houseparty in Laguna Beach and at Pasadena Playhouse Theater Photographs, ca. 1938Save to your list.
Folder 46: Laguna Beach Community Players Houseparty Program, ca. 1938Save to your list.
Folder 47: Tudor Hall Postcards, ca. 1930-1950Save to your list.
Folder 48: Kayser, Samuel and Mary Booth [Edwina Waterbury] Photographs, ca. 1940Save to your list.
Folder 49: Tilton, Arthur Colburn, Mildred Grossman, and Booth Waterbury in Los Angeles Photograph, 1941Save to your list.
Folder 50: Waterbury, Edwina in World War II Uniform Photographs, January 1942Save to your list.
Folder 51: Vroom, Frederic Newspaper Clipping, 1942 June 27Save to your list.
Folder 52: Waterbury, Booth Military Service Newspaper Clipping, ca. 1943Save to your list.
Folder 53: Players Club Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1943-1950Save to your list.
Folder 54: Waterbury, Edwina, Mildred Grossman, and Arthur Colburn Tilton Photograph, May-June 1946Save to your list.
Folder 55: One for the Book Radio Script, 1946 September 10Save to your list.
Folder 56: Connolly, Charles Newsweek Magazine Clipping, 1949 March 28Save to your list.
Folder 57: Howard, Charles L. to Richard Hoffman Cutting Correspondence, 1951 March 21Save to your list.
Folder 58: Geiger, Milton to Edwina Waterbury and Richard Hoffman Cutting, 1961 December 5Save to your list.
Folder 59: Metal FrameSave to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 6: Grossman, Edwina Booth Photograph, ca. 1880-1884Save to your list.
Folder 7: Booth, Edwin Painting Print, 1898Save to your list.
Folder 8: Gramercy Park Edwin Booth Statue Newspaper Clipping, ca. 1918Save to your list.
Folder 9: Booth's Theatre Variety Newspaper Clipping, 1919 December 26Save to your list.
Folder 10: Waterbury, Edwina Booth Photograph, ca. 1923Save to your list.
Folder 11: Waterbury, Edwina Booth and Booth Photograph, ca. 1923Save to your list.
Folder 12: New York University Hall of Fame Newspaper Clipping, ca. 1925Save to your list.
Folder 13: Players Club Newspaper Clipping, 1938 June 29Save to your list.
Folder 14: Booth, Edwin Othello's Speech Record, 1939 January 1Save to your list.
Folder 15: Gramercy Park and Edwin Booth Statue The Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1950 February 11Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Item 1: Tilton, A.C. Harvard Scrapbook, 1906Save to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Item 1: Waterbury Family Photograph Album, 1917Save to your list.
Item 2: Waterbury Family Photograph Album, 1917-1920Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Item 1: Clay LampSave to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 2Save to your list.
Folder 3: Long Beach, Norwood, and Signal Hill Newspaper Clippings and Notes, 1936-1937, 1962Save to your list.

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