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(Mss. 2116)

Created by Joseph D. Scott 2003
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Size: 64 items.

Geographic Location:

New Orleans, La.

Inclusive Dates: Ca. 1880-1920

Languages: English.

Summary: 64 mounted and unmounted publicity photographs of actors and musicians who appeared at New Orleans theaters during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Access: No restrictions.

Copyright: Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original material is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Citation: Actors and Musicians Photographs (Mss. 2116), Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

Stack Location(s):

E: 71


From the opening of the St. Peter Street Theater in 1792, music, theater, and, particularly, opera have thrived in New Orleans, especially through the nineteenth-century. During the early part of that era, when the population of New Orleans was under 40,000, the spectacle-loving people of that city enjoyed the productions of three opera companies. Its French Opera Company toured New York, Boston, and other Eastern cities before they had resident companies of their own. As a result, the world’s most famous actors and musicians readily appeared at the city’s many theaters, up to the time of the epoch-ending fire which destroyed the French Opera House in 1919.


The collection consists of sixty-four mounted and unmounted black and white photographs of actors and musicians who appeared at New Orleans theaters during the period of 1880-1920. Photos range in size from 3 ½” x 5” to 9 ½” x 14.” Handwritten notes on the back of many of the photos identify the individuals, the theater where they appeared, and the name of the play or event. Among the New Orleans houses so identified are the Tulane, Athenaeum, Orpheum, Dauphine, and Crescent Theaters, as well as the French Opera House.



Allen, Viola, 1867-1948

Apeda Studio (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer) Archer, Stelle

Athenaeum Theater (New Orleans, La.) Bangs (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer) Bates, Blanche, 1873-1941

Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951

Bellew, Kyrle, 1855-1911

Boland, Mary, 1880-1965

Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917

Carle, Richard, 1871-1941 Collins, Jose

Corbett, James J. Coyle, Rose

Crane, William H., 1845-1928 Creatore

Crescent Theater (New Orleans, La.) Dauphine Theater (New Orleans, La.) Dixey, Henry E., 1859-1943

Doody, Peter

Edeson, Robert, 1868-1931

Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932 French Opera House (New Orleans, La.) Hodge, William

Hoffmann, Gertrude

Hopper, De Wolf, 1858-1935 Joel, Clara, b. 1890

Kelcey, Herbert, 1856-1917 Kubelik, Jan

Lackaye, Wilton Lauder, Harry Mack, Andrew MacLean, R. D. Mann, Louis

Mantell, Robert B. (Robert Bruce), 1854-1928 Marlowe, Julia, 1865-1950

Meade, Ada

Melba, Nellie, Dame, 1861-1931 Merry Countess Chorus Girls Morley, Victor

Murphy, Tim Murray, Charles A. Musicians--Portraits

Nazimova, 1879-1945 Nelsen, Battling Novikoff

Orpheum Theater (New Orleans, La.) Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931

Performing arts—Louisiana—New Orleans Pictas, Sim

Roberts, Theodore, 1861-1928 Robson, Eleanor

Sarony, Otto Co. (New York, N.Y) (Photographer) Selwyn, Edgar, 1875-1944

Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942

Sothern, Edward Askew, 1826-1881 Sothern, E. H. (Edward Hugh), 1859-1933 Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932

Spalding, Albert, 1888-1953 Stahl, Rose

Taliaferro Sisters

Tetrazzini, Luisa, 1871-1940 Tulane Theater (New Orleans, La.) Virginian Scene, The

Walsh, Blanche Webber, Florence Wilson, Al H. Wilson, Francis

Ysaye, Eugene, 1858-1931




Location Box Contents

E:71 18 64 photographs