Owen Fawcett Theatre Collection

Selected items from the Fawcett Theatre Collection, including photographs, diaries, clippings, playbills, and dramatic works, as well as a short bibliography.


Undated magazine clipping image of Owen Fawcett
(Box 4, Folder 2)
Undated photograph of Owen Fawcett
(Box 4, Folder 2)
Undated photograph of Owen Fawcett from Rambles with my Pipe bound volume
(Box 14, Item 6)
Photograph of Owen Fawcett and handwritten entry from scrapbook Edwin Booth and Lawrence Barrett, 1887-1888 Season
(Box 13, Item 5)
Undated photograph of Edwin Booth from scrapbook Edwin Booth and Lawrence Barrett, 1887-1888 Season
(Box 13, Item 5)
Undated photograph of Minna Gale from scrapbook Edwin Booth and Lawrence Barrett, 1887-1888 Season
(Box 13, Item 5)
Photograph of Helena Modjeska, Nov. 1878
(front view), Scholl’s Imperial Cards, Philadelphia
(Box 17, Folder 3)
Reverse side of photograph of Helena Modjeska, Nov. 1878, Scholl’s Imperial Cards, Philadelphia
(Box 17, Folder 3)


Playbill for A Kiss in the Dark, June 6, 1898, features three generations of the Owen Fawcett family: Owen Fawcett, Mrs. Owen Fawcett, Mrs. Mary Fawcett-Uridge [Owen Fawcett’s daughter], and Owen Fawcett-Uridge [Owen Fawcett’s grandson]
(Box 1, Folder 2)
Playbill for Julius Caesar, Sept. 12, 1887, tour of Edwin Booth and Lawrence Barrett
(Box 13, Item 5)

Clippings and Articles

Fawcett Family genealogical information, from unbound manuscript
(Box 1, Folder 1)
The Herald, Jan. 15, 1897, article on Owen Fawcett’s first theatrical appearance in the play Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1853
(Box 4, Folder 2)
The Detroit Free Press article on Owen Fawcett’s last theatrical performance and retirement
(Box 3, Item 4)

Diary Entries

april_13_1861_lgApril 13, 1861, diary entry on Fort Sumter, reads “Fort Sumter taken by the Confederate States”
(Box 2)
April 19, 20, 21, 1861, diary entries on Federal troops attempting to reach Washington
(Box 2)
February 22, 1865, diary entry on Charleston, reads “News that Charleston is taken by the Union forces”
(Box 2)
April 14, 15, 1865, diary entries on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln
(Box 2)
April 19, 1865 diary entry on Abraham Lincoln’s funeral
(Box 2)

Dramatic Works

Cover of prompt book for the dramatic work Black-Eyed Susan, signed “Owen Fawcett, 1870”
(Box 16, Folder 5)
Inside view of Black-Eyed Susan prompt book
(Box 16, Folder 5)

Selected Bibliography

Boston Museum Company Correspondence.  Harvard Theatre Collection.  Harvard College Library. http://hcl.harvard.edu/ (Last Accessed 20 April 2004). [Collection contains information on Owen Fawcett.]

“Fawcett, Owen.” Who Was Who in America — A Companion Volume to Who’s Who in America. Volume 1897-1942. Chicago: A.N. Marquis Company, 1943. [pg. 388].

Folger Shakespeare Library. http://www.folger.edu/Home_02B.html (Last Accessed 20 April 2004). [Contains several items regarding Owen Fawcett, including dramatic works and books.]

“Owen Fawcett.” Internet Broadway Database. http://www.ibdb.com/ (Last Accessed 15 April 2004). [Contains some information on specific plays in which Owen Fawcett performed.]

McNeill, Sarah Brown. March 1973. The Theatre of Owen Fawcett; Half a Century as a Supporting Player, 1853-1903.  Dissertation.  University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Call Number: Thesis73b.M225.

Philip K. Ward Collection of Theatrical Images, 1856-1910. Ms. Coll. 331. University of Pennsylvania Library. Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library Collection.http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/rbm/photos/theater/ (Last Accessed 15 April 2004). [Contains digital images of Owen Fawcett, Helena Modjeska, Edwin Booth, Fanny Davenport, Lawrence Barrett, and many other actors.]

Taylor, Orla Benedict. 1931. A Few Reminiscences of the Stage. In Papers, 1931-1941. Taylor, Orla Benedict, 1865-1945. University of Michigan Special Collections Library. http://www.lib.umich.edu/spec-coll/index.html (Last Accessed 20 April 2004).