- Call number
- *T-Mss 1929-001
- Physical description
- 1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
- Preferred Citation
- Emerson collection on vaudeville, 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.
Mr. Emerson was a collector of material on vaudeville. The collection is primarily correspondence, mainly letters to theatrical booking agents from vaudeville actors. The main recipients are Al Fostell of New York City and Fred Sefton of Detroit. Many of the letters were written on stationery with elaborate pictorial designs promoting the entertainment offered. Also included in the collection are two notebooks including one that belonged to songwriter Billy Wylie, some loose pages of song lyrics, gags and skits for vaudeville acts, and some ephemera including a program, touring schedule and miscellaneous receipts and printed matter.
Source of acquisitionPapers:
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