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Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection, 1887-1959 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection, 1887-1959Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Ellis Family

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/16/1984

Subjects: Actresses--United States--Biography, American drama, American drama (Comedy), Baker, Ellis, actress, Bijou Theater (St. Paul, Minn.), Ellis, Edith, 1876-1961--Archives, Ellis, Edward, 1870-1952--Archives, Ellis, Edward Charles, b. 1845--Archives, Ellis family--Archives, Kelly, George, 1887-1974. Showoff, Motion picture plays, American, Playbills--Specimens, Theaters--Minnesota--St. Paul

Forms of Material: Personal Papers, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ellis Family Collection consists of theater and movie scripts by Edith and Edward Ellis, playbills, programs, reviews, photographs, and information about the Ellis family, specifically Edith Ellis. Also included are movie house ledgers, movie production picture magazines, posters, and promotional photographs from the Bijou Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Its connection with the Ellis Family is unclear; possibly the theater was operated by the Ellis Family.

Biographical Note

The Ellis Family theatrical history began in 1859 when Edward Charles Ellis, age 14, left home and made his stage debut as a blackface comedian. This performance marked the beginning of over 100 years in theater for the Ellis Family.

Beginning in approximately 1900, Edward's daughter, Edith Ellis, wrote three dozen plays for production on Broadway, elsewhere in the United States, and in London. Edward's son, also Edward Ellis, had a successful career on Broadway and went on to Hollywood. Granddaughter Ellis Baker acted on Broadway, performed the successful "Showoff" in London, and headed acting companies across America. She retired to Escondido, California in 1979.

Subject/Index Terms

Actresses--United States--Biography
American drama
American drama (Comedy)
Baker, Ellis, actress
Bijou Theater (St. Paul, Minn.)
Ellis, Edith, 1876-1961--Archives
Ellis, Edward, 1870-1952--Archives
Ellis, Edward Charles, b. 1845--Archives
Ellis family--Archives
Kelly, George, 1887-1974. Showoff
Motion picture plays, American
Playbills--Specimens
Theaters--Minnesota--St. Paul

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: William B. Fark

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Adventure", an original play in three acts by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Any Day" by Edward EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Any Night", a play in three scenes by Edward EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "At the Grand Guignol", an eugenical playlet by Edward Ellis, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Mrs. Jimmie Thompson" ("The Beautiful Liar"), a farce-comedy in three acts by Norman S. Rose and Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Because I Love You", a play in one act by Edith Ellis, 1901; "Ben of Broken Bow," by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "Cavalier of the Streets" by Edith Ellis. Based on Michial Arlens story in "These Charming People"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "The Charity Ball", an original comedy-drama for the screen by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Cleopatra", a play in one act by Edith Ellis; "Contrary Mary," by Edith Ellis; "Dialogue From Dickens," inscribed by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "Drunkards Three", a playlet in two scenes by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Fancy", a comedy in four acts by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "The Finished Story", a playlet by Edward Ellis; "The First Mrs. Fraser", a comedy in Three Acts by St. John G. ErvineAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Half a Lady", a comedy by Edith Ellis; "The Happiest Millionaire," by Kyle Chrichton; "The Judsons Entertain," by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "If You Think It's So, It's So", synopsis of farce of same name by Edith Ellis and Oliver ErlanAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "The Lady of Camelias", (a) by Edith Ellis. Based on the novel "La Dame aux Camillias' by Alexander DumasAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Lady of Camelias", (b) Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Lady of Paz", a dramatic comedy in two acts and six scenes by Edith Ellis. Based on the novel "These Generations" by Elinor Mordaunt (script, stage manager's notes, reviews)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "The Last Chapter", (a) a comedy of errors in an epilogue and three scenes by Edith and Edward Ellis. (script, postcard, reviews)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "The Last Chapter", (b) Edith and Edward EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: "The Man Higher Up" by Edith Ellis (synopsis only)Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "Mary", scenario for film production based on the play "Any Night" by Edward Ellis. Produced at the Princess Theatre, New YorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: "The Masked Ball", a farcical comedy adapted from the French by Edith Ellis. (script, reviews, program, stage and costume notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 23: "Mrs. Oliver etc.", an original comedy by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: No 13 Washington Square",  a farcical-comedy in four acts by Edith Ellis. (scenario only) From Leroy Scott's novel of the same authorAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: "Oliver Twist" by Edith Ellis. ("a sketch from...")Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "Perkins' Predicament", a film comedy in two reels by Edith Ellis (synopsis only)Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "The Phantom Burgler", a comedy-dramatic sketch in one act by William Cary Duncan and Edward EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: "The Quality of Mercy", a television drama in four scenes by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: "The Scarlet Gentleman", a play in one act by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: "The Song" by Edith Ellis. Based on the short story by May EdgintonAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: "The Strength of the Weak" by Edith Ellis (synopsis only). Played under the title of "May Man" by Mabel Taliafaro, produced by Frederick Thompson from a novelette by Forrest HalseyAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: "Tin Wedding",  a play in three acts by Edith Ellis. Based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Leech.Add to your cart.
Folder 33: "The Untruth Tellers" a by Edward Ellis ("a sketch")Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Vespers", a play in four acts by Edith Ellis; "The Vinegar Tree," by Paul Osborn; "White Collar" by Edith EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "The White Morning", a drama in four acts by Edith Ellis (scenario only) from Gertrude Atherton's novel of the same nameAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "The White Villa" by Edith Ellis. Based on "The Dangerous Age" by Karen Michaelis (including press reviews)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Why Keep a Diary", a comedy (film version) by Edith Ellis. Adapted by Lazlo Fodor's "Lullaby"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Without the Law", a mystery playlet in two scenes, by Edward EllisAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Affairs of a Gentleman" by Edith and Edward Ellis (review only), 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Contary Mary" by Edith Ellis (announcement only)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "The Great Meados" by Edith Ellis (forward only), 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Imaginary Invalid" by Edith Ellis (playbills only), 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "The Moon and Sixpence" by Edith Ellis (program, reviews, William Somerset Maugham calling card)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "The Point of View" by Edith Ellis-Baker (announcement only), 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "White Collars" by Edith Ellis (postcards, playbills, reviews, see also oversize), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Ellis family photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Ellis Baker portraits (see also oversize)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Ellis Baker in theatrical roles-photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Other actors, actresses-photographs, some from original Ellis troopAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Reviews of books transcribed by Edith Ellis: "Open the Door", "Incarnation...", "The Astral Plane"Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Notes from Ellis Baker re. Edith Ellis and her works. (Apply to several of the scripts in box 1)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "Edith Ellis "Credentials" (resume), circa 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Miscellany about Ellis family: papers written, articles aboutAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Five Bijou Theater, St. Paul, Minneapolis ledgers (connection with Ellis Family is unknown. The theater may have started as a saloon in the late 1880s, evolved into an opera house and then movie theater by the 1930s), 1887-1950sAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: 4 photographs: Isabel Barring (1), Ellis Baker (3)Add to your cart.
Item 2: 1 program: "White Collars", 1925Add to your cart.
Item 3: "The Story of United Artists Product, 1937-1938" (picture book)Add to your cart.
Item 4: "RKO Radio Picture book", 1932-1933Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Leaders of the Motion Picture Industry" (magazine), 1938Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Greater Amusements: America's Foremost Motion Picture Regional Trade Journal", November 1938Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Columbia Mirror" (magazine), July 1935Add to your cart.
Item 8: 29 Public relations/releases photographs, primarily from Universal Productions: unidentified (including 1920s x-rated), "Rawhide Rangers," "Border Wolves," "Cain," "The Pace That Kills"Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: OversizeAdd to your cart.
Item 9: 24 Movie posters (small size): "Rawhide Rangers" "The Fiddlin Buckaroo," "Border Wolves"Add to your cart.
Item 10: 19 Movie posters (full size): "The Fiddlin Buckaroo," "Border Wolves," "Rawhide Rangers"Add to your cart.

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