Herbert Ashcroft Theater Scrapbook Collection

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Herbert Ashcroft theater scrapbook collection
Creator: Ashcroft, Herbert, 1880-1964
Call Number: D.153
Dates: 1897-1905
Physical Description: 10 scrapbooks
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)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Theater scrapbooks
Collection Overview
Title: Herbert Ashcroft theater scrapbook collection
Creator: Ashcroft, Herbert, 1880-1964
Call Number: D.153
Dates: 1897-1905
Physical Description: 10 scrapbooks
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Herbert Ashcroft, Sr. (1880-1964) was a Traveling Agent for the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad, and retired as an insurance executive after fifty years in that field. Ashcroft was an inveterate theater-goer, and because of his deep interest in drama, he didn't merely enjoy each play, but studied it and learned all he could about the author and cast as well. As a result Ashcroft began collecting theatrical memorabilia and putting it in scrapbook form for future enjoyment and reference.

Scope and Content
This collection is composed of ten scrapbooks, dating from 1897 to 1905, which Herbert Ashcroft, Sr. assembled as a result of this interest in the theater. The earlier scrapbooks contain material on plays which were staged in a variety of locations throughout New York state and Pennsylvania; after 1900, the productions represented were primarily of New York City theaters. Ashcroft's analysis of the plays he attended began with the play's program and included any additional photographs and articles he discovered pertaining to every aspect of the play's production. One of the scrapbooks, however, departs from the strict theme of theatrical memorabilia and encompasses material reflecting the humor, social life, and historical concerns of the period. This material takes the form of newspaper articles, cartoons, and poetry and prose selections from literary magazines.

Subject(s):
Theater programs
Albums (Books)
Ashcroft, Herbert, 1880-1964
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Herbert Ashcroft, Jr., May 1975.Access
The Herbert Ashcroft theater scrapbook collection 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], Herbert Ashcroft theater scrapbook collection, D.153, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Theater scrapbooks
Volume 1March 1897-August 1898
Volume 2September 1898-June 1899
Volume 31900
Volume 4June 1900-May 1901
Volume 5June 1901-November 1901
Volume 6December 1901-August 1902
Volume 7September 1902-December 1902
Volume 8September 1903-December 1903
Volume 9November 1903-August 1904
Volume 10September 1904-July 1905


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