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MS Thr 1711

Obrecht, Christy II. Christy Obrecht Family Papers, 1913-1975 (MS Thr 1711): Guide

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

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
Date(s): 1913-1975
Quantity: .42 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Professional and personal papers, correspondence, and photographs of the Christy Obrecht family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2018MT-047. Purchased from Robert H. Rubin Books in 2017 September.

Custodial History:

Purchased from Robert H. Rubin Books, 2017.

Processing Information:

Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2017.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Christy Obrecht Family Papers, 1913-1975 (MS Thr 1711). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

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Additional Index Terms

Vaudeville -- United States -- 20th century