Smedley family theater collection

Smedley family theater collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Smedley, Edwin A.
Creator: Stagg, Katherine
Title: Smedley family theater collection
Dates: 1899-1913
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet (1 oversized box)
Coll. Number: ms3270

Biographical/Historical Note

The Smedleys were a theater family in the late 19th-early 20th century. They performed some vaudeville and acted on a daily basis in various outlets. Photographs and diaries confirm the activities of the Smedley family.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a make-up kit, theater programs, glasses, photographs of vaudeville actors (some members of the Smedley family), a script for "The Little Mother" by Katherine Stagg (showing edits and rewrites), a diary from 1910 for Edwin A. Smedley (concerning daily life of a performer in New York City), miscellaneous printed material about the Smedley family, a scrapbook/journal covering 1899-1913 (focusing on a production of "Rebeccca of Sunnybrook Farm" in which Edwin Smedley played the part of Abijah Flagg), several full and partial pages of a journal titled "New York Dec 29, 1910 -- Some Jokes I Have Heard."


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Actors--New York (State)--New York--Diaries.
Journals (accounts).
New York (N.Y.)--Humor.
New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Opera glasses.
Revues--New York (State)--New York.
Scripts (documents)
Smedley family -- Photographs
Smedley, Edwin A. -- Diaries
Stagg, Katherine -- Little mother
Theater programs--Specimens.
Theater programs.
Theatrical makeup.
Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith, 1856-1923 -- Adaptations
Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith, 1856-1923 -- Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Smedley family theater collection. MS 3270. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

4Theatre programs, etc.
5Scrapbook/ Journal
6Edwin B. Smedley metal box
7Miscellaneous Items: comb, pencil, string, wallet, eye glasses holder