Guide to the Roger Imhof Vaudeville, variety, circus, and silent screen star scrapbooks, 1883-1952

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Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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Guide to the Roger Imhof Vaudeville, variety, circus, and silent screen star scrapbooks, 1883-1952

Collection number: M0611

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
1992
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Roger Imhof Vaudeville, variety, circus, and silent screen star scrapbooks,
Date (inclusive): 1883-1952
Collection number: Special Collections M0611
Creator: Imhof, Roger, 1875-1958, collector.
Extent: 7 linear ft. (48 v.)
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance

Gift of Samuel Stark, 1964. Stark met Imhof sometime in the '40s.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Roger Imhof Vaudeville, variety, circus, and silent screen star scrapbooks, M0611, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note

Frederick Roger Imhoff was born in Roca Island, Illinois, 15 April, 1875. Although very little biographical information on Imhof exists in either the Sam Stark Index or the Imhof Scrapbook Collection, it seems Imhof must have had connections in theater even in his childhood. Scrapbooks of vaudeville and burlesque show programs he collected date back to the late 1880s, and by 1897 (if not before), Imhof was himself on stage, teamed with Charles Osborne in a comedy contortion and burlesque acrobatics act. It was around this time that Imhof dropped the second f from his last name (he apparently always preferred Roger).
The 1902-03 season was his first paired with Hugh Conn, a partnership that lasted well into the '20s and possibly even '30s. By the 1910s the duo had become a trio with the addition of Marcelle Coreene, who married Imhof around 1913 (it is unclear to me whether Marcelle Coreene and Corinne Imhof are actually the same person; both names appear in playbills of the Imhof and Conn acts).
It seems Imhof, while not completely dropping out of vaudeville, was able to get involved with the infant American film industry in Hollywood very early. Though Stark mentions on his Imhof index card that Imhof was a film actor, Imhof's real career in Hollywood seems to have been as a presenter, promoter, or agent. According to a few comments and articles sprinkled among his scrapbooks, Imhof was acquainted with such silent film celebrities as Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, and Max Sennett and his group.
Imhof actually stayed in Hollywood for the next three decades, and his scrapbooks show that he was part of the American motion picture scene throughout the '30s, '40s, and '50s. Friends and clients of his included the likes of Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Janet Leigh, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Roy Rogers, Gregory Peck, and hundreds of others.
It is unclear just how Imhof and Sam Stark met, but it must have been sometime in the '40s, for that's when Stark seems to have started receiving old scrapbooks from Imhof. Roger Imhof died on his birthday in 1958 in Hollywood, California. Included in the Sam Stark Theater Collection are 50 or more of Imhof's scrapbooks, pictorially documenting American entertainment from vaudeville to Hollywood's Golden Age.

Scope and Content

A pictorial documentation of American entertainment from vaudeville through Hollywood's golden age. Includes songs and lyrics by Roger Imhof.

Access Terms

Conn, Hugh L.
Coreene, Marcelle.
Circus--United States.
Lyric writing (Popular music)
Mimes.
Motion pictures--History.
Mumming.
Musicals--Writing and publishing.
Theater.
Toy theaters.
Vaudeville--United States.
Hollywood (Calif.)--History.
Lyricsts. lcsh
Stark, Samuel.


Container List

Box 1, Volume 1

1883vaudeville, theatre programs

Box 1, Volume 2

1889-90vaudeville season programs

Box 1, Volume 3

1890vaudeville season programs

Box 1, Volume 4

1903-04season programs, Conn and Imhof shows

Box 1, Volume 5

1900-1930vaudeville, theatre, burlesque programs

Box 1, Volume 6

embroidered signatures scrapbook, 1880-1950

Box 2, Volume 7

A Few I Knew As I Older Grew - index of names; 50 years of the Varieties (1943)

Box 2, Volume 8

Pictorial Vaudeville and Variety: Sequel to A Few I Knew As I Older Grew (1930)

Box 2, Volume 9

Roger Imhof's Artists - black and white pics of vaudevillians

Box 2, Volume 10

Some of Vaudeville's Big Shots and Moving Picture Pioneers

Box 2, Volume 11

Roger Imhof's Way Back When Old Timers

Box 2, Volume 12

Troupers

Box 2, Volume 13

Roger Imhof's Memories

Box 2, Volume 14

Pictures of Theatre Folks in the Magazines - Vol. 4 - Short Histories and Pictures (issues of The New Movie Album, Hollywood Who's Who, Modern Screen, Movie Story Magazine, Stage Pictorial, Movie Life)

Box 2, Volume 15

Flashbacks - Showfolks - Vol. 5 - Picture People

Box 3, Volume 16

Jocosites Bound and Gagged (mostly pics of silent screen stars, 1920s-30s)

Box 3, Volume 17

Variety Folk (1930s-40s)

Box 3, Volume 18

Mimes and Mimics Big and Little (1940s)

Box 3, Volume 19

Co-Workers - Stage and Screen (1940s)

Box 3, Volume 20

Entertainers (1940s)

Box 3, Volume 21

Boys and Girls of the Pictures, Big and Little ('48)

Box 3, Volume 22

Male and Female Mummers ('49)

Box 3, Volume 23

I Knew Them All (1940s-50s)

Box 3, Volume 24

Pals and Players (1950)

Box 3, Volume 25

Players ('52)

 

Scrapbooks containing miscellaneous songs, musicals by Imhof, humorous pieces, etc.

Box 4, Volume 26

Signatures 1935

Box 4, Volume 27

Biography (short bios of various celebrities)

Box 4, Volume 28

Circus Articles

Box 4, Volume 29

Records (truly miscellaneous)

Box 4, Volume 30

Flashbacks - Letterheads & Articles (and old numbers of Variety)

Box 4, Volume 31

Roger Imhof's Collection of Old Time Songs

Box 4, Volume 32

Thoughts by Roger Imhof

Box 4, Volume 33

Songs and Poems by Roger Imhof

Box 5, Volume 34

Original Lyrics - Topical Sentimental Descriptive

Box 5, Volume 35

On the Fire - More Songs and Lyrics by Roger Imhof

Box 5, Volume 36

Songs and Lyrics by Roger Imhof

Box 5, Volume 37

Bonmots, What-Nots, and Forget-Me-Nots - An Accumulation of Humor (Vol. 8)

Box 5, Volume 38

BWF Humor, Vol. 3

Box 5, Volume 39

Facts We Should Know

Box 5, Volume 40

Trivia

Box 5, Volume 41

Index to Pictorial Vaudeville Vols 1-3 (but those volumes aren't marked; some song lyrics, too)

 

Old theatrical trade papers, bound as books

Box 6, Volume 42

The Show World, December 21, 1907Variety, December 26, 1919

Box 6, Volume 43

Old Numbers of Theatrical Trade Papers (various ones, dated 1911-1919, 1922, '25, '26, '34

Box 6, Volume 44

more of same, dated 1922-37

Box 6, Volume 45

more of same, dated Dec. 1914, Dec. 1915, Dec. 1924, August 1936reproduction of a 1911issue

Box 6, Volume 46

more of same, dated 1912, '13, '15, '21, '27, '35, '36

Box 7, Volume 47

Pictorial Shakespeare (big flat folio)

Box 7, Volume 48

Roger Imhof's Collection of Old Timers (more old trade magazines)