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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 It consists of a manuscript of an unpublished essay on the history of American dramatic literature (dated June 1906), an undated alphabetical listing of American playwrights, a collection of portraits of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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