Finding Aid for the Dame Ellen Terry Papers, 1885-1916

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Dame Ellen Terry Papers, 1885-1916

Collection number: 643

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts 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
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Charlotte Payne, April 1976
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
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Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, April 2002
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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

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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.

Container List

 

Section One - Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Coleridge, Stephen. Letter to Ellen Terry. London, November 24, 1888.

Physical Description: 1 item. Holograph.

Note

Mr. Coleridge was Edward Gordon Craig's guardian, designated by Craig's mother, Ellen Terry.
Box 1, Folder 2

Collier, John. Letter to Ellen Terry. London, December 11, 1902.

Physical Description: 1 item. Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

Letter refers to Mr. Collier's commission to paint The merry wives with Ellen Terry, Mrs. Kendal and Sir Herbert Tree.
Box 1, Folder 3

Haymarket Theatre. Letter to Ellen Terry. London, July 17, 1903.

Physical Description: 1 item. Typescript.
Box 1, Folder 4

Hildesheim, Paul. Letter to Ellen Terry. London, December 31, 1903.

Physical Description: 1 item. Holograph.

Note

Mr. Hildesheim was Miss Terry's solicitor.
Box 1, Folders 5-16

Terry, Ellen. Letters to various persons. v.p., 1879-1916.

Physical Description: 213 items. Holograph.
Box 1, Folder 5

Buckheim, Annie. London, 1882.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folders 6-16

Campbell, Audrey. v.p., 1887-1914.

Physical Description: 183 items.

Note

Miss Campbell was Ellen Terry's understudy and personal friend.
Box 1, Folder 6

1887.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 7

1888.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 8

1889.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 1, Folder 9

1890.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 1, Folder 10

1891.

Physical Description: 11 items.
Box 1, Folder 11

1892.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 1, Folder 12

1893.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 1, Folder 13

1894.

Physical Description: 9 items.
Box 1, Folder 14

1895.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 1, Folder 15

1896.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 1, Folder 16

1897-1899.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 2, Folders 1-10

Terry, Ellen. Letters to various persons. v.p., 1900-1914 and n.d.

Physical Description: 104 items. Holograph.
Box 2, Folder 1

1900.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 2, Folder 2

1901.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 2, Folder 3

1902.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 2, Folder 4

1903.

Physical Description: 14 items.
Box 2, Folder 5

1904.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 2, Folder 6

1905.

Physical Description: 15 items.
Box 2, Folder 7

1906.

Physical Description: 11 items.
Box 2, Folder 8

1907.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 2, Folder 9

1908-1914.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 2, Folder 10

n.d.

Physical Description: 18 items.
Box 2, Folder 11

Courtney, Leonard. v.p., 1899-1916.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 12

Hueffer, Ford Madox. London, ca. 1908.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 13

Lathom, Lady... London, n.d.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 14

Monckton, Lady... London, June 12, 1887.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 15

Pemberton, T. Edgar. v.p., 1879-1905.

Physical Description: 7 items.

Note

Mr. Pemberton was one of Ellen Terry's biographers.
Box 2, Folder 16

Pollock, Lady... v.p., 1880-1885.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 2, Folder 17

St. James Gazette. London, July 7, 1892.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 18

Stuart, Otto. v.p., 1906-1907.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 19

Trevelyan, Hilda (Wendy) v.p., 1905-1907.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 2, Folder 20

Unknown. v.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 18 items.
Box 2, Folder 21

Wilkinson, Reverend Ernest. Letter to Ellen Terry. Southfield, Tunbridge Wells, 15 December 1888.

Physical Description: 1 item. Holograph

Note

Mr. Wilkinson was one of Edward Gordon Craig's tutors.
 

Section Two - Manuscripts

Box 3, Folder 1

[Daybook] v.p., 1856-1925.

Physical Description: 87 leaves, Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

Entries of dramatic appearances with a few personal notes. On title page, The Farm - Small Hythe - ET - Tenterden - Kent - Xmas '92, in Ellen Terry's hand.
Box 3, Folder 2

Commonplace book. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 55 leaves, Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

Contains two poems copied out for Ellen Terry; only two leaves used. Three bookplates by Edward Gordon Craig on front paste-down endpaper.
Box 3, Folder 3

Goethe, Johan Wolfgang von, 1749-1832. Faust.

Physical Description: 8 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry's holograph transcription of the last scene in the play with her production notes for the Lyceum production of Faust, ca. 1885.
 

Section Three - Presentation Copies

Box 3, Folder 4

Smith, Pamela Colman. The Golden Vanity; and the Green Bed. New York: Doubleday and McClure Company, 1899.

Scope and Content Note

Presentation copy to Ellen Terry from the author with inscription and original hand-colored sketch on front flyleaf.
Box 3, Folder 5

Thomas à Kempis. Of the Imitation of Christ. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Company, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Presentation copy to Anna Held from Ellen Terry, July 10, 1889. Tipped-in photo of Ellen Terry and Anna Held on front flyleaf. In leather-bound wooden box.
 

Section Four - Ephemera

Box 4, Folder 1

Press clippings, miscellaneous. v.p., v.d.

Physical Description: 14 items.
 

Programs of plays with Ellen Terry

Physical Description: (12 items)
Box 4, Folder 2

The Dead Heart. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, September 28, 1889.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Catherine Duval.
Box 4, Folder 2

Ravenswood. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, October 13, 1890.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Lucy Ashton; Gordon Craig as Henry Ashton.
Box 4, Folder 2

Much Ado About Nothing. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, January 13, 1891.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Beatrice; Gordon Craig as a messenger.
Box 4, Folder 2

The Corsican brothers; and Nance Oldfield. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, May 18, 1891.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Anne Oldfield; Gordon Craig as M. Beauchamp in The Corsican brothers.
Box 4, Folder 2

King Henry the Eighth. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, January 5, 1892.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Queen Katherine; Gordon Craig as Cromwell.
Box 4, Folder 2

King Lear. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, 10 November 1892.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Cordelia; Gordon Craig as Oswald.
Box 4, Folder 2

Becket. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, February 6, 1893.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Rosamund de Clifford; Gordon Craig as the youngest knight Templar.
Box 4, Folder 2

Olivia. Benefit of Miss Ellen Terry. Royal Lyceum Theatre, July 14, 1893.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Olivia; Gordon Craig as Moses; Ailsa (Edith) Craig as a gipsy woman.
Box 4, Folder 2

Miss Janotha's concert. n.p., Daly's Theatre, June 5, 1894.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry in Journey's end in lovers' meeting.
Box 4, Folder 2

Cymbeline. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, September 22, 1896.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry as Imogen; Gordon Craig as Arviragus.
Box 4, Folder 2

Miss Ellen Terry's special performance in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. London, Royal Lyceum Theatre, June 15, 1898.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry read the part of Ophelia from Hamlet, Act 4, scene 1.
Box 4, Folder 2

The fourth Saturday night entertainment. n.p., Excelsior Hall, January 28, 1899.

Scope and Content Note

Miss Ellen Terry reading The Trial of Queen Katherine, from Henry the Eighth.
 

Miscellaneous

Box 4, Folder 3

Sheet music covers with portraits of Ellen Terry. n.p., ca. 1889.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

Section Five - Memorabilia

Box 4, Folder 4

Bookplate designed by Edward Gordon Craig. Winchelsea - ex libris Ellen Terry - 1899.

Physical Description: 6.5 × 5 cm.
Box 4, Folder 4

Diamantine buttons worn by Ellen Terry, n.d.

Physical Description: 10 buttons on a purple velvet ribbon.
Box 4, Folder 4

Locket with photograph of Ellen Terry as Juliet, n.d.

Physical Description: In small red velvet bag.
 

SECTION SIX - PHOTOGRAPHS AND POSTCARDS

 

Photographs of Terry family.

Box 4, Folder 5

Gordon and May (Gibson) Craig and their children (Miss Terry's grandchildren). n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 4, Folder 5

Ellen Terry's dog, Drummy. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 4, Folder 5

Note from Ellen Terry reproduced on a postcard. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 4, Folder 5

Ellen Terry and her sister, Marion. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

Photographs of friends.

Box 4, Folder 6

Ellen Terry and John Doane. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 4, Folder 6

Ellen Terry and Anna (Held) Heinrich. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 3 items.
 

Ellen Terry in stage productions, photographs reproduced as postcards.

Box 4, Folder 7

Ellen Terry with Gordon Craig in The Dead Heart.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 4, Folder 7

Ellen Terry with understudy.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 4, Folder 7

Ellen Terry as Imogen; with copy of personal note to Anna Held.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 4, Folder 7

Ellen Terry as Margaret.

Physical Description: Signed. 1 item.
Box 4, Folder 7

Ellen Terry as Mistress Page.

Physical Description: Signed. 1 item.
Box 4, Folder 8

Photographs of Ellen Terry. v.p., v.d.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 9

Photographs of Ellen Terry's cottage, Smallhythe.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 4

Collection of picture postcards of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. n.p., ca. 1900.

Physical Description: 84 items mounted in scrapbook, 20 x 25 cm.
 

Additions

Box 4, Folder 10

Shakespeare, William. King Lear. Edited by William Aldis Wright, M.A. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1887.

Scope and Content Note

Ellen Terry's personal copy, signed by her on the front cover, and with marginal notes and comments in her hand.
 

Correspondence

Box 2, Folder 11a

Harvey, Sir John Martin, 1863-1944. Letter from Ellen Terry. n.p., November 12, 1894.

Physical Description: 1 item. (1 leaf and envelope).
Box 2, Folder 17a

Spence, Edward Fordham, 1860-1932. Letter from Ellen Terry. Chelsea, January 14, 1910.

Physical Description: 1 item. (3 leaves and envelope).
Box 2, Folder 18a

Taylor, Mrs. Tom. Letters from Ellen Terry. v.p., v.d.

Physical Description: 9 items. (11 leaves, 4 envelopes).