MS Thr 625
Emery family. Emery family vaudeville collection, 1891-1922: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 625
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Emery family.
Title: Emery family vaudeville collection,
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers concerning vaudeville performers, especially those of the Emery family.
No accession number. Purchased with the Billy Rose fund, 1984 May.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
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This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the
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Emery Family Vaudeville Collection, 1891-1922 (MS Thr 625). Harvard Theatre Collection,
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
The Emerys were a family of entertainers who performed in vaudeville shows in the
United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Clippings
- II. Photographs
- III. Letterhead samples and tickets
- IV. Letters and documents
- V. Playbills
- VI. Programs.
Collection includes: business cards, clippings, photographs, letterhead samples and
ticket stubs, letters and documents, and playbills and programs. Includes materials
on performers Emery Coulter, Harry Emery, Jay Emery, Mae Emery, Ray Emery, the Emery
Brothers, the Emerys, Jay Emery and Harry Patzig, and many others. Also includes items
about vaudeville that are not related to the Emery family.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions
below for additional information.
- Series: I. Clippings
- (1). Clippings, various dates. 1 folders
A few concerning vaudeville, some with images of performers.
- Series: II. Photographs
- (3). The Emerys in The rooster spring : photograph, undated. 1 folders
Scene in play depicting 2 men.
- (4). The Emerys: Ray and Jay : business card with photographs, undated. 1 folders
Includes text: Featuring Mr. Emery's comedy drama "The Rooster Spring." 2 variant
versions of cards.
- (5). Female performer dressed as a bellhop : photograph, undated. 1 folders
- (6). Group of 6 female entertainers : photograph, undated. 1 folders
- (7). Hilda Peterson? Swedish novelty violinist : photograph, undated. 1 folders
Rice Studio (Columbus, Ohio), photographer.
- (8). Novelty 4 Grahams : negative photostat?, undated. 1 folders
Depicts 4 head shots only. See original image in letterhead series.
- (9). "Opera House" theater front, with five men : photograph, undated. 1 folders
- (10). Ray Emery. High-class vaudeville artist : business card with photograph, undated. 1 folders
Gives permanent address as Melrose, Massachusetts.
- (11). Sign advertising "The Emerys" at theater front, with man : photograph, undated. 1 folders
- Series: III. Letterhead samples and tickets
- (12). Letterheads for The Emerys, undated. 1 folders
For: Jay Emery, Harry Emery, Ray Emery, Mae Emery, The Emerys, and Jay Emery and Harry
- (13). Letterheads for vaudeville performers, undated. 1 folders
Also includes one business card.
- (14). Letterheads for vaudeville theaters, undated. 1 folders
- (15). Letterheads for vaudeville theatrical agents and agencies, undated. 1 folders
Also includes one business card.
- (16). Ticket stubs from vaudeville theaters, undated. 1 folders
- Series: IV. Letters and documents
- (17). The Billboard. Letter to Jay Emery, 1914. 1 folders
- (18). Charles Jacobs Vaudeville Agent. Letter to Frank Armstrong, 1911. 1 folders
- (19). Charles Jacobs Vaudeville Agent. Letter to Alexander Pantages, 1911. 1 folders
- (20). Empress Theatre (Minnesota). Pay stub, 1912. 1 folders
Also with manuscript notation about pay for Jay and Ray [Emery].
- (21). Griffin Vaudeville Circuit (Ontario). Letter to The Emerys, 1911. 1 folders
- (22). Star Theatre Marine City. Telegram to The Emerys, 1911. 1 folders
- (23). Ted Sparks Amusement Contracting Co. and Theatrical Exchange. Letter to Mr. Greenwood, 1911. 1 folders
Recommendation for The Emerys.
- Series: V. Playbills
- (24). Theater playbills concerning The Emerys, 1891-1913 and undated. 2 folders
Including the following venues: Bates Opera House, Bijou Theatre, Brinkman Theatre, Burford's Airdrome, Central Hall, Auburndale, Congregational Church (Medfield, Massachusetts), Fairyland Theatre (Bristol, Tennessee), Lyceum, Miles Theatre (Montana), New Town Hall (Weymouth, Massachusetts), Orpheum Theatre (Quincy, Massachusetts), People's Theatre (Iowa City), Sanford Hall (Medway, Massachusetts), and School House, Baileys Island, Maine. Also includes some duplicates, and some playbills with unidentified venues.
- (25). Theater playbills for vaudeville, 1917 and undated. 1 folders
Including the following venues: Academy (Pittsburgh), The Alcazar, Colonial Theatre, Gem Theatre, Masonic Theatre, Orpheum Theatre (Quincy, Massachusetts), Princess Theatre (Chicago), Star Theatre (Rhode Island), Town Hall (Troy, New York), Town Hall (Winchester, New Hampshire). Also includes some playbills with unidentified venues.
- Series: VI. Programs
- (26). Theater programs concerning Emery Coulter, 1892-1901. 1 folders
- (27). Theater programs for vaudeville shows, 1914-1922. 1 folders
Includes the following theaters: Arlington Grange (Winchester, New Hampshire), Community Chautauqua (Katonah, New York), Fontaine Ferry Park Theatre Louisville (Kentucky), Gayety (Cincinnati), Grand Theatre (Vancouver, Washington), Hartman Theatre (Columbus, Ohio), Shea's (Buffalo), and St. James Theatre (Boston).