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Mss:694 1908-1914

Brighton Beach Music Hall. Brighton Beach Music Hall Records, 1908-1914: A Finding Aid.

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:694 1908-1914
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Brighton Beach Music Hall records
Date(s): 1908-1914
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Records of a vaudeville theater at Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, N.Y. Contracts with performers, vaudeville collection agency accounts, and programs. Includes advertising accounts submitted by Ward and Gow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Brighton Beach Music Hall records were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from the Estate of Artemas Ward on June 22, 1936.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 2018 BY: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Brighton Beach Music Hall records. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Related Materials

Ward & Gow Records, 1895-1919: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HBS.Baker.EAD:bak00423
Women, Enterprise & Society: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HBS.Baker.GEN:WES

Biographical / Historical

Brighton Beach Music Hall was a vaudeville theatre in Brooklyn, New York in the early 1900s. Famous performers at the music hall include John Bunny, Ina Claire, Harry Fox and Jenny Dolly, Virginia Harned, Lillian Herlein, The Kaufman Brothers, Homer Lind, Andrew Mack, Eva Tanguay, Sophie Tucker, Grace Van Studdiford, Nat M. Wills, and Bessie Wynn. Louis Reinhard led the house orchestra, and performances included singers, dancers, actors, comics, jugglers, acrobats, and performing dogs. The Ward & Gow advertising agency served as the booking agency for the performers. As a result of Jewish families moving into Brighton Beach in great numbers, the music hall was converted into a Yiddish theater in 1918.

Scope and Contents

The Brighton Beach Music Hall records document the operation of a vaudeville theater in the early 20th century. Records include programs, contracts with performers, Vaudeville Collection Agency accounts, and advertising accounts submitted by Ward and Gow.

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