Theatrical costume collection

Theatrical costume collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Roma, Rosa
Title: Theatrical costume collection
Dates: 1900s
Quantity: 3.6 Linear feet (3 oversized boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3022

Biographical/Historical Note

Sophie Tucker was a famous entertainer of Russian birth. Born Sophia Abuza, she moved with her family to the northeastern United States. After eight years in Boston, the Abuzas moved their restaurant to Hartford, Connecticut, where Sophie began her show business career by occasionally singing to the restaurant's show-business clientele. A notably large woman, Sophie is quoted as saying that, "size didn't matter if you could sing and make people laugh." In 1908 Florenz Ziegfeld hired her for his second Follies where she was a show stopper.

Nellie V. Nichols was an actress and vocalist.

Rosa Roma, known as the Gypsy violinist, performed in theatres in the early 1900s.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of stage costumes and photographs, some autographed by Sophie Tucker, Nellie V. Nichols and Rosa Roma. Included are dresses, gloves, music, feathers and hair combs, all apparently collected by Rosa Roma during her career on stage.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Costume--United States--Specimens.
Costumes (character dress).
Nichols, Nellie V. -- Photographs
Roma, Rosa -- Photographs
Sheet music.
Signatures (names)
Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966 -- Photographs
Vaudeville--United States.
Women entertainers--United States--Costume--Specimens.
Women entertainers--United States--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Theatrical costume collection. MS 3022. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS Box
1Photographs (some oversized) ( 7.0 images )
Some of the photographs are autographed. Two are autographed by Sophie Tucker.
Black dress with red beads (some loose)
Orange and black shawl
Lace collars, bodice, and pieces ( 8.0 items )
Cloth red rose
Gloves ( 6.0 item )
Wrist length cotton with open dots with colored rings around cut-outs
Wrist length kid with gold studs on the wrist
Elbow length with open bow and stitching
Elbow length kid with flowers with rhinestone centers
Elbow length black lace
Above the elbow length kid with 6-3/4 tag still attached
Above the elbow length kid that don't match
OS Box
2Dress, heavily beaded, aqua
Dress with purple and coral beads
Several violin pieces, "Rose O' Mine," and a manuscript copy of "Violin Solo with Duncan Sisters."
OS Box
Blue plumage fan
Small stand-up hair comb
Large ivory-colored hair comb