- Mortimer, Owen
- Call number
- Sc MG 424
- Physical description
- .5 linear feet (1 archives box)
- Preferred Citation
- Correspondence with Amanda Ira Aldridge, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Biographer of Ira Aldridge, the free born African-American actor who achieved fame in Europe for his interpretation of Shakespearean roles from the 1820s to his death in 1867. Mortimer began collecting materials on Aldridge after his migration to the United States in 1946, some of which were exhibited at the Chicago Public Library in 1954. His biography Speak of Me As I Am: the Story of Ira Aldridge was published in 1989. Owen Mortimer is a native of Australia. Exhibition and biographical materials relating to Ira Aldridge, and correspondence between his daughter Amanda Aldridge and biographer Owen Mortimer.
Source of acquisitionGift, Mortimer, Owen
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801