Lena Ashwell Papers

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Lena Ashwell papers
Creator: Ashwell, Lena, 1872-1957
Call Number: D.1
Dates: 1891-1950
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Lena Ashwell papers
Creator: Ashwell, Lena, 1872-1957
Call Number: D.1
Dates: 1891-1950
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Lena Ashwell (1872-1957) was an English actress, who, although trained at the Royal Academy of Music, entered the theatre in 1891, gaining her greatest fame in the years 1896-1925. She made a great impression in a series of plays by Henry Arthur Jones, and was well known for playing tragic Russian heroines. She managed her own theatre, the Kingsway, 1907-1915, but was only marginally successful, and gave it up in the first years of the war. She organized companies of professionals to entertain the allied armies in France during the war, for which she was given the Order of the British Empire. Afterward, she organized the Lena Ashwell Players, a continuation of the idea of the war-time entertainers, who gave plays in suburban halls and institutions, using a minimum of scenery and props. She also briefly managed the Century Theatre, Bayswater, 1924-1927. In 1908, she married Sir Henry Simson, the royal obstetrician. She made her last appearance on the stage in 1927.

Scope and Content
The Lena Ashwell Papers are comprised of one box containing thirteen folders consisting of correspondence written to Lena Ashwell, being chiefly remarks about her performances. Correspondents include Marie Louis, grandaughter of Queen Victoria, and Charles Knollys, Lady of the Bedchamber and private secretary to Princess Alexandra of Denmark, both found in folder six.

Subject(s):
England
Actors
Theater
Correspondence
Ashwell, Lena, 1872-1957
Access
The Lena Ashwell papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Lena Ashwell papers, D.1, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Other collections in the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections relating to the Lena Ashwell Papers are: John Edward Masefield Papers .


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1891-1894
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1895-1898
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1899-1901
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, 1903-1905
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, 1907-1908
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, 1909-1910
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, 1912-1950
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence, undated A-M
Box 1, Folder 10Correspondence, undated N-Z
Box 1, Folder 10Unidentified correspondence
Box 1, Folder 11-13Photocopies of correspondence


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