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MS Thr 631

Mackey and Rollins vaudeville scrapbook, 1898-1930: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: pf
Call No.: MS Thr 631
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mackey and Rollins.
Title: Mackey and Rollins vaudeville scrapbook,
Date(s): 1898-1930.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (2 portfolio boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Scrapbook on careers of vaudeville entertainers J. Frank Mackey and Theresa Rollins, including material on other performers of the period.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source is unknown.


Item (18), the inside front cover of the scrapbook, includes an annotation: "Collection of J. Frank Mackey, old time showman. Property of George DeMott, Millville, Pa. I trouped for 3 seasons with the Mackey Players - G. D."

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
At time of processing in November of 2010, this scrapbook had already been disassembled and pages put into folders. The pages were left as found and were numbered consecutively.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Mackey and Rollins Vaudeville Scrapbook, 1898-1930 (MS Thr 631). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

J. Frank Mackey papers are also held by the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical / Historical

Vaudeville was a type of variety theatrical entertainment in the United States and Canada from the late19th through the early 20th centuries. It was similar to modern musical comedy or the music-hall variety show. Each performance was made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. Types of acts included popular and classical musicians, dancers, comedians, trained animals, magicians, female and male impersonators, acrobats, illustrated songs, jugglers, one-act plays or scenes from plays, athletes, lecturing celebrities, minstrels, and movies.
J. Frank Mackey was a vaudeville entertainer who worked in the United States and Canada, with various partners and performed under various names such as: Frank Mackey; J. F. Mackey; J. Frank Mackey; Mackey & Clark; Mackey and Clarke; Mackey & Rollins; Mackey's Comedy Players; Mackey Players; Mackey Amusement Enterprises; Mackey's Players; Mackey's Big Fun Show; Mackey's Indian Medicine Show; Mackey & Stewart's Comedy and Vaudeville Company; Mackey's Humanuva Company; Mackey's Original Humanuva Talking Pictures; Great Humanuva Talking Pictures; Quigg, and Mackey & Nickerson. Theresa Rollins was also a vaudeville entertainer who worked under a variety of names including: Tressa Rollins, and Mackey and Rollins. Mackey and Rollins were billed as a musical act, but Mackey also worked in blackface and marketed health products.


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Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials concerning American vaudeville and variety entertainment, including: advertisements, business cards, cabinet photographs, drawings, product catalogs, clippings, contracts, copyright documents, letters, blank letterheads, manuscript notes, photographs, playbills, photographic postcards, programs, tickets, and a tintype. Includes a large amount of items concerning the Mackey troupe, but also are about other performers for this period.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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