- Barthelmess, Richard, 1895-1963
- Call number
- *T-Mss 1993-053
- Physical description
- .1 linear feet (1 portfolio)
- Preferred Citation
- Letters to Edward D. McDonald, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Actor Richard Barthelmess, who went straight from Trinity College to silent films, gave two outstanding performances for D. W. Griffith in BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919) and WAY DOWN EAST (1920), both with Lillian Gish. With his innocent, unsophisticated image, he was a popular leading man through the 1920s, notably TOL'ABLE DAVID (1921). With the advent of sound, he moved to supporting roles. His later films included THE DAWN PATROL (1930) and ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939). Barthelmess retired in 1942. The collection consists of four letters by Barthelmess to his friend Edward D. McDonald, a professor of English at Drexel University. The letters are mostly on personal matters though there is some mention of his films.
Source of acquisitionPapers: gift, Norman D. Stevens, 12/--/93
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498