Guide to the Edwin Booth Family Collection, 1860-1962

Special Collections & Archives

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California State University, Northridge
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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Edwin Booth Family Collection
Dates: 1860-1962
Identification: SC/EBF
Creator: Booth family
Physical Description: 6.94 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: The Booth family is the well-known 19th century American theatrical family that includes Edwin Booth and his brothers, John Wilkes and Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. Edwin made his stage debut in 1849. The collection contains family records of Edwin Booth and his descendants to his great granddaughter, Edwina Booth Cutting.

Family History:

The Booth family is the well-known 19th century American theatrical family that includes Edwin Booth and his brothers, John Wilkes and Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. Edwin made his stage debut in 1849 with his father Junius. After his 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. She married Ignatius Grossman, a banker, in 1885. They had two children, Clarence Edwin Booth Grossman, an artist, and Mildred Booth Grossman. Mildred married Cleveland Livingston Waterbury (he died in 1937 and she later married Arthur C. Tilton). Their daughter Edwina Booth Waterbury married the actor Richard H. Cutting. Edwina Booth Cutting (née Waterbury) passed away in 1985.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Audio recordings
Paper records
Photographic material
Scrapbooks

Personal Name:

Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893
Grossman, Edwina Booth, b. 1861

Topical Term:

Booth family
Theater -- United States

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Edwin Booth Family Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Papers, News Clippings, Scrapbook, 1865-1936
Series II: Photographs
Series III: Realia
Series IV: Sound Recordings, 1939

Scope and Contents

The Edwin Booth Family Collection contains family records of Edwin Booth and his descendants to his great granddaughter, Edwina Booth Cutting. The collection is arranged into four series: Papers, News Clippings, Scrapbook, Photographs, Realia, and Sound Recordings.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Papers, News Clippings, Scrapbook, 1865-1936

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence and Signatures

Box 1, Folder 2

Programs, Hamlet, Othello and Hamlet, 1865-1866

Box 1, Folder 3

News Clipping, 1936 November 26

Box 1, Folder 4

Newspaper and Magazine Clippings

Box 1, Folder 5

Programs, Hamlet, Facsimile, The Two Virtues, Houseparty, 1866-1915

Box 1, Folder 6

Honoring Edwin Booth, "One for the Book," Radio Show, Address, 1929 December 31

Box 5, Folder 1

Scrapbook, "Memorabilia from College Days," A.C. Tilton

 

Series II: Photographs

Box 2, Folder 1

Photographs, 1-2

Box 2, Folder 2

Photographs, 3-7

Box 2, Folder 3

Photographs, 8

Box 2, Folder 4

Photographs, 9

Box 2, Folder 5

Photographs, 10

Box 2, Folder 6

Photographs, 11-16

Box 2, Folder 7

Photographs, 17-60

Box 2, Folder 8

Photographs, 61-84

Box 3, Folder 1

Photographs, 85

Box 3, Folder 2

Photographs, 85-108a

Box 3, Folder 3

Photographs, 109

Box 3, Folder 4

Photographs, 110-125

Box 6, Folder 1

Steel Engraving

Box 6, Folder 2

Photograph Albums, "Edwina's mother, brother, father," "Baby pictures of Edwina, her family, etc. Father."

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1

Photographs, 126

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 2

Photographs, 127-128

 

Series III: Realia

Box 4, Item 1

Dark Wood Humidor, 3½" x 5" x 7¾"

Box 4, Item 3

Clay Lamp, 6¼" x 3½" x 2¼"

Box 4, Item 2

Stamp Box, 4" x 1½"

Box 7, Folder 1

Metal Strong Box with Removable Wooden Liner, Open Work Decorative Design of Metal

 

Series IV: Sound Recordings, 1939

Box 8, Item 1

Album, "Readings from Othello," Copy of 1890 Recording, 1939

Box 8, Item 2

Album, "Readings from Othello," 6 Inch Unlabeled Recording