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Guide to the Helena Modjeska Collection MS.R.037
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Ellen Lee material Series 1. 1881-1989 and undated

Physical Description: 0.3 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises primary and secondary source material on Modjeska written or collected by Orange County historian Ellen K. Lee. Primary sources consist of Modjeska correspondence, ephemera, and programs and playbills from her theatrical performances. Also included are typescripts and printed items written by Lee about Modjeska, as well as contemporary and modern photographs of Modjeska and her home, Arden, in Santiago Canyon.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged by format of material and topically therein.
 

Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Gilder, Helena, transcriptions of letters dated 1878-1909 from Modjeska and her husband 1959

Box 1, Folder 2

James, Henry, photocopies of original letters from Modjeska 1891-1892

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals are in the collections of the Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Box 1, Folder 3-4

McCoys, letters from Modjeska and her husband 1895-1909

Physical Description: 2 folders.
 

Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 5

Memorial card and admittance ticket from Modjeska's funeral 1909

Box 1, Folder 5

Party invitation 1906

Box 1, Folder 6

Polish commemorative coin honoring Modjeska 1975

Box 1, Folder 7

Programs for Modjeska performances 1897-1909

Scope and Content Note

1909 program for a Los Angeles benefit performance contains a holograph annotation noting that this was Modjeska's final appearance on the stage.
Box FB-10, Folder 4

Sheet music for "To Helen" autographed to Modjeska by Oscar Wilde 1881

 

Photographs

Box FB-10, Folder 4

Modjeska portrait, autographed to Mrs. Joseph Yoch 1897

Box 1, Folder 8

Modjeska ranch (Arden) in Santiago Canyon, exterior and interior views 1974

Physical Description: 45.0 color photographs.
 

Writings by Ellen Lee

Box 1, Folder 9

Historical background of the Modjeska house, Modjeska Canyon, Orange County, California, typescript 1989

Box 1, Folder 10

A Modjeska letter, production file, including edited typescript, for Lee's keepsake produced for Friends of the Library, University of California, Irvine 1968 and undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Other brochures, essays, and articles on Modjeska 1969-1987

 

Ernest Phillips material Series 2. 1881-1923 and undated

Physical Description: 0.6 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials related to Modjeska's theatrical career that were collected by Ernest Phillips. It includes correspondence from Modjeska and her Chlapowski, as well as ephemera related to Modjeska and Arden given to Phillips by Chlapowski at Modjeska's death. Also includes a scrapbook containing Phillips' personal memorabilia of his theatrical career with Modjeska.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged by format of material and topically therein.
 

Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 13

Barrett, Lawrence, telegram to Modjeska 1888

Box 1, Folder 12

Chlapowski, Karol Bozenta, letter and postcards to Ernest Phillips 1908-1914

Box 1, Folder 13

Fisk, Minnie Madden, letter to Modjeska 1892

Box 1, Folder 13

Irvine, Henry, letter to Modjeska undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Terry, Ellen, letter to Modjeska 1881

 

Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 14

Memorial card from Modjeska's funeral 1909

Box 1, Folder 14

Modjeska Inn and Modjeska Ranch printed advertisements 1923 and undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Programs and advertisements for Modjeska performances 1891-1909 and undated

Box 4

Theatrical wig (straight) used by Modjeska in Marie Antoinette undated

Box 4

Theatrical wig (curly) used by Phillips in Macbeth undated

Box 4

Velvet brocade cuff from a Modjeska costume undated

Box FB-10, Folder 5

Scrapbook of clippings, correspondence, photographs, playbills, programs, and typescript reminiscences documenting Phillips' friendship with Modjeska and the final years of her life 1905-1909 and undated

 

Writings on Modjeska Series 3. 1907-1967 and undated

Physical Description: 0.1 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises miscellaneous notes and writings on Modjeska, some by Orange County historians.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by topic or surname of the writer.
Box 1, Folder 15

Coulter, Mrs. F. E., curator of the Bowers Museum (Santa Ana), miscellaneous notes and correspondence regarding Modjeska 1966-1967 and undated

Box 1, Folder 16

Madame Modjeska Company touring schedule, typescript 1907

Box 1, Folder 16

Notes on Modjeska's family tree undated

Box 1, Folder 17

Pleasants, Adalina (Mrs. J. E.), holograph and typescript notes on Modjeska and the Anaheim colony circa 1920s

 

Printed items Series 4. circa 1877-1986 and undated

Physical Description: 0.3 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains newspaper clippings and published biographical materials on Modjeska and her husband as well as programs and playbills from selected Modjeska stage roles.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged by format of material.
Box 1, Folder 18

Articles on Modjeska in The Burr McIntosh Monthly, Theatre Arts Monthly, Theatre Arts, and Polish American Studies 1906-1974

Box 1, Folder 19

Biographical sketches and information on Modjeska 1893-1971 and undated

Box 3, Folder 2

Kyle, Howard, "On tour with Modjeska" undated

Access

Fragile original is restricted. Researchers must use the preservation photocopy in Box 1, Folder 19.
Box 1, Folder 20

Clippings on Modjeska and Arden from newspapers, photocopies 1889-1986 and undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Original clippings 1889-1986

Access

Fragile originals are restricted. Researchers must use the preservation photocopies in Box 1, Folder 20.
Box FB-10, Folder 6

Printed picture of Modjeska as Mary Stuart 1888

Box 2, Folder 1-2, Box FB-071, Folder 4

Programs, playbills, and clippings for performances by Modjeska and her contemporaries, mainly in New York, San Francisco, London, and Chicago 1879-1905 and undated

Box FB-072, Folder 4

Publicity poster of Modjeska circa 1877-1878

Box FB-10, Folder 6

Scrapbook of program and playbill clippings for performances by Modjeska, Edwin Booth, Lawrence Barrett, and others, mainly at the Baldwin Theatre in San Francisco 1885-1895

 

Photographs Series 5. 1883-1891, 1902, circa 1920s and undated

Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists primarily of cabinet card photographs of Modjeska in costume for various stage roles. Also included are photographs of Modjeska and the interior of Arden, her Santiago Canyon home.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged by format or subject of material.
 

Cabinet cards 1891 and undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Adrienne Lecouvreur undated

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 2, Folder 3

As You Like It undated

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 4

Camille undated

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 2, Folder 5

Les Chouans undated

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 2, Folder 5

Cymbeline undated

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 2, Folder 5

A Doll's House undated

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 5

Hamlet undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item.
Box 2, Folder 6

Mary Stuart undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item.
Box 2, Folder 6

Merchant of Venice undated

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 2, Folder 6

Mistress Betty undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item.
Box 2, Folder 6

Romeo and Juliet undated

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 2, Folder 7

Richelieu undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item.
Box 2, Folder 7

Sappho undated

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 2, Folder 7

Twelfth Night undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item.
Box 2, Folder 8

Unidentified roles 1883, 1891 and undated

Physical Description: 24 items.

Note

Includes autographed photographs.
Box 2, Folder 9, Box FB-071, Folder 4

Modjeska portraits in a variety of roles 1883 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes four photographs of other contemporary actors mounted on the verso of Modjeska photographs.
Box 2, Folder 10

Photographs of Arden 1902, circa 1920s and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes a "Forest of Arden" brochure.