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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 631
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mackey and Rollins.
Title: Mackey and Rollins vaudeville scrapbook,
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.
J. Frank Mackey papers are also held by the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Scrapbook pages
- II. Loose materials
- ___A. Loose images
- ___B. Other loose items
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.
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