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Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Thr 1711
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Obrecht, Christy II
Creator: Obrecht, Christy Jr.
Creator: McCool, Catherine
Title: Christy Obrecht family papers
Quantity: .42 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Professional and personal papers, correspondence, and photographs of the Christy Obrecht family.
The Christy Obrecht family vaudeville act was founded in 1896, first known as "The Obrecht Musical Family: a Musical Organization without Peer" by Christy Obrecht Sr. The show was mainly based in Minnesota, but traveled to Wisconsin and Iowa. By 1913 Christy Obrecht Sr. was joined by his son Christy Obrecht II (born 1894). Catherine "Kate" McCool was acting in the Obrecht show before her marriage to Christy Obrecht II in 1915; after their nuptials she took on some managerial responsibilities while continuing to act. Christy Obrecht Jr. (born 1919) joined his father Christy Obrecht II in the family act in the early 1940s. Over the years the Obrecht act had various name changes: "The Christy Obrecht Company," "The Obrecht Stock Company," and "The Christy Obrecht Road Show."
Collection is minimally processed. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Collection includes a diary, playbills, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, reviews, family photographs, professional headshots and stills, correspondence, wedding announcements, war papers, notes, construction plans, and confederate dollars.