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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
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.

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