Scope and arrangement
Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, account books, clippings, photographs and ephemera documenting the professional life of Tunis Dean. Includes correspondence with David Belasco, B.F. Roeder and Harry Dean Shook on bookings and other matters of theatrical management and handwritten press releases Dean wrote about himself. Also contains two scrapbooks of programs, clippings and ephemera on the Academy of Music in Baltimore, 1875-1877 and 1888, an account book of box office receipts for the Grand Opera House in Pittsburgh, 1902-1904, with letters to Dean pasted in, and many clippings on Dean's career.
The Tunis Dean papers are arranged in six series:
- 1907-193813 folders
This series includes correspondence with people prominent in the world of theater including David Belasco and many of his stars. Many of the letters are mounted on cardboard, probably from earlier display.
- n.d.5 folders
The most interesting part of this series are the press releases Dean wrote, many about himself in his capacity of representative for David Belasco. "My profession, that of press agentry, is not one of shrinking violets, you know." Also includes a few notes in Dean's hand, a story probably sent to him for consideration, and some miscellaneous writings by unknown authors.
- 1902-1904 and n.d.2 folders
Two bound account books kept by Tunis Dean.
- 1906-19303 folders
This small series of miscellany contains a few photographs, certificates and membership cards, and stray printed items that reflect Dean's career.
- 1889-19395 folders
Consists of photocopied clippings about Tunis Dean and a few clippings about others that he collected.
- 1875-18882 boxes
Consists of two bound scrapbooks for the Academy of Music in Baltimore which contain programs, box office statements, clippings and ephemera.