Inventory of the Edmund Breese Sides Collection
Department of Special Collections
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Title: Edmund Breese Sides Collection
Date (inclusive): 1901-1902
0.2 linear feet
Abstract: Edmund Breese (1871-1936) performed in numerous plays in the United States and London
and later starred in Hollywood films. The collection contains twenty-four handwritten sides of roles performed
by Breese during 1901-1902. Sides are defined as pages containing an actor's part and cue words.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many
are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: MC095
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Edmund Breese was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 18, 1871, the son of Josephine (Bushby) and Renshaw
Breese. He made his first appearance on the stage at the Opera House, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in the Summer of
1895, in the part of Adonis Evergreen in
My Awful Dad.
From 1896 to 1898 he played lead with Madame Rhea, appearing as Charles II in
Josephine, Earl of Leicester in
Marie Stuart, de Sartorys in
Frou-Frou, Benedick in
Much Ado About Nothing, Shylock in the
and Chrysos in
Pygmalion and Galatea. From 1898-1902 he was a member of James
O'Neill's company playing in
When Greek Meets Greek.
During his career Breese performed in numerous plays in the United States and London and later starred in
Hollywood films. He passed away on April 6, 1936.
Who Was Who in the Theatre, 1912-1976: a Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Directors,
Playwrights, and Producers of the English-speaking Theatre
. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1978.
Scope and Content
The collection contains twenty-four handwritten sides of roles performed by Edmund Breese during 1901-1902.
Most of the sides list the character that Breese played as well as the city where the play was performed. Sides
are defined as pages containing an actor's part and cue words.
Arrangement of the Collection
The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by the name of play.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public
Collection is open for research.
Sara Gunasekara processed this collection and created and encoded this finding aid.
[Identification of item], Edmund Breese Sides Collection, MC095, Department of Special Collections, General Library,
University of California, Davis.
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publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of
California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
The Corsican Brothers
The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice