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1Title:  Joseph Francis Ambrose Jackson manuscripts and notes, 1906, undated   
 Creator:  Jackson, Joseph, 1867-1946 
 Notes:  The collection of manuscripts and notes by Joseph Francis Ambrose Jackson offers insight into Jackson's intellectual activity as a theater historian, and may be used as an integration of the archival material on and by this author currently held by the Historical Society in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia History Museum. It consists of a manuscript of an unpublished essay on the history of American dramatic literature (dated June 1906), an undated alphabetical listing of American playwrights, a collection of portraits of 18th-century actors, and handwritten notes mostly focused on the musical and theatrical history of pre-and post-revolutionary Philadelphia. These notes, all of which are undated, cover themes such as the history of the Chestnut Street Theatre, the ballad opera The disappointment (1762), and the work of Philadelphia-born playwright Thomas Godfrey (1736-1763), who authored the first American play ever performed by a professional cast (The prince of Parthia, 1767). A smaller set of notes about Anglican priest Myles Cooper (1735-1785), actor John Moody (circa 1727-1812), actor and impresario Thomas Jefferson (1728-1807), playwright George Cockings (died 1802), and other unidentified topics is also part of the collection. 
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 Subjects:  Jackson, Joseph, -- 1867-1946 | Chestnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Actors -- Portraits | Drama -- History and criticism | Musical theater | Theater -- United States | Manuscripts, American -- 20th century | Manuscripts (document genre) | Research notes | Writings (document genre)

 
Collection:  University of Pennsylvania 
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2Title:  Thompson Westcott scrapbooks of Charles Durang's history of Philadelphia theater between the years 1749 and 1855, 1868   
 Creator:  Durang, Charles. | Westcott, Thompson. 
 Notes:  Processing Information: Formerly Dewey 812 P54D. Durang's history of Philadelphia theater was published in the Sunday dispatch in three series, each bearing a different title: The Philadelphia stage: from 1749 to 1821 (first series, 75 installments published from May 7, 1854 to October 7, 1855); The Philadelphia stage from 1749 to 1855 (second series, 56 installments published from June 29, 1856 to August 2, 1857); and The Philadelphia stage from the year 1749 to the year 1855 (third series, 136 installments published from July 8, 1860 to April 19, 1863). The three series were distributed by Westcott among the six volumes so that each volume contains a similar number of pages. Volume I covers the years from 1749 to 1817-18; volume II from 1817-18 to 1826-27; volume III from 1826-27 to 1831-32; volume IV from 1831-32 to 1841-42; volume V from 1841-42 to 1849-50; and volume VI from 1849-50 to 1855. All the scrapbooks include page numbers, a handwritten index, and a list of portraits. Westcott inserted portraits and other images, as well as personal correspondence, playbills, and additional clippings relating to Durang's chapters, resulting in a remarkably thorough representation of the history of Philadelphia's theater history. The chronological order in which Durang presents the historical events, combined with the author's limited use of narrative flashbacks and flash-forwards, makes the indexes useful to locate any mention or image of a given figure or institution active or relevant in a specific period of time. Please see the container list for more detailed information on each volume. 
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 Subjects:  Arch Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Chestnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Actors | Actors -- Portraits | Circus -- History | Drama -- History and criticism | Performing arts | Theater | Theater -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- 19th century | Theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History | Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs | Manuscripts, American -- 19th century | Autographs (manuscripts) | Correspondence | Engravings (prints) | Albums (Books)

 
Collection:  University of Pennsylvania 
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