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Finding Aid for the Dame Ellen Terry Papers, 1885-1916
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dame Ellen Terry Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1885-1916
    Collection number: 643
    Creator: Terry, Dame Ellen, 1847-1928
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Alice Ellen Terry (1847-1928) acted on the stage as a child and as an adult. She played the leading female parts in all of Henry Irving's productions between 1878 and 1896. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscript materials, ephemera, memorabilia, and photographs related to Dame Ellen Terry.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, purchase, 1951.
    • Olive Percival, purchase.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dame Ellen Terry Papers (Collection 643). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Alice Ellen Terry was born February 27, 1847; her parents, Benjamin Terry and Sarah Ballard, were actors; her first stage appearance was as Mamillius in Charles Kean's production of The Winter's Tale, 1856; acted on the stage as a child and as an adult, and she played the leading female parts in all of Henry Irving's productions between 1878 and 1896; in 1903, she produced two plays which were not successful; toured and lectured on Shakespeare, 1910-15; her last stage appearance was in Walter de la Mare's Crossings, 1925; married and later separated from George Frederic Watts, Charles Clavering Wardell, and James Usselmann; had two children, Edward Gordon Craig and Edith Craig; died July 21, 1928.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscript materials, ephemera, memorabilia, and photographs related to the life of theater actress Dame Ellen Terry. Includes scrapbook of picture postcards, ca. 1900.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence.
    2. Manuscripts.
    3. Presentation copies.
    4. Ephemera.
    5. Memorabilia.
    6. Photographs and postcards.
    7. Additions.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Terry, Ellen,--Dame, 1847-1928--Archives.
    Actresses--England--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Edith Craig Papers (Collection 1003). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    Edward Gordon Craig Papers (Collection 1006). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.