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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.

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