Main content

Joseph Jefferson Collection

Notifications

Held at: Princeton University Library: Rare Book Collection [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Rare Book Collection. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Jefferson, Joseph, 1829-1905

Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905) was an American actor and author.

The collection consists of biographical newspaper clippings, two copies of his Autobiography, theatrical criticism and approbation, and clippings on family matters.

Organized by topics.

Jefferson's landscape oil painting, dating from 1895, was transferred to Graphic Arts (GC059).

Publisher
Rare Book Collection
Finding Aid Date
2003
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Collection Inventory

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. "Immortality," poem by Joseph Jefferson, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. "Immortality," poem by Joseph Jefferson, requested by H.A, Moosup, Conn with biographical blurb in heading, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. Statement on the death of President McKinley, Boston Daily Globe, 1901 September 19. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iv. "The Autobiography of Joseph Jefferson," Century, 1890 May. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

v. "Autobiography of Joseph Jefferson – his own story of the conception of his great part, Rip Van Winkle." Century, 1905 June 25. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(clipped from newspaper)

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. "Joseph Jefferson – a tribute," by Edward A. Horton, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. "Joseph Jefferson at home," by Eugenie Paul Jefferson, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. "Joseph Jefferson," The Outlook, 1905 April 29. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(praise of Jefferson's life, with picture)

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. "Little Church story true." The Evening Post, Letters to the Editor, 1924 April 28. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. "Actor's kin unveil Jefferson Shrine – clergy and stage join memorial services in 'Little Church Around the Corner.'" The World, 1925 February 21. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. Black and white newsprint drawing of a scene from "Rip Van Winkle," with commentary, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iv. "Two World-Famous Men of Yesterday." Boston Sunday Globe, 1925 February 8, photograph of Grover Cleveland and Joseph Jefferson attending a clambake, 1925 February 8. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

v. "Window in 'Little Church,' to honor Joseph Jefferson – Rector announces plans to memorialize actor whose blessing gave edifice that title that has made it world famous.", dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

vi. " 'Little Church' memorial for Joseph Jefferson – window will honor actor who made edifice famous.", dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

vii. "More about 'Little Church.'" Letter to the Editor of the Evening Post, from Herbert S. Renton, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

viii. " A Buzzard's Bay scene – sketch of Mr. Joseph Jefferson and His grandchildren." Harper's Weekly, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ix. "Joseph Jefferson on Edwin Booth." Tribute of the new president of The Players Club to its founder, Edwin Booth who had started the club where actors and non-actors could meet, partly as reparation for his brother, John Wilkes Booth's, assassination of President Lincoln, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

x. "Are we soon forgotten when we are gone?" Frank Fuller, Jr. Southern Theatre – Quarterly Journal of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Vol. XIX, No.3, 1976 Summer. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xi. "Memory of Joe Jefferson kept green in Saddle River Valley," by Gordon F. Allison, Curtain Call, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xii. "Jefferson's success due to six maxims – Dean of American Actors, who announces his retirement, tells of rules of life he observed – some of his famous characters." 1904, pasted on gray cardboard with photographs and signature, 1904. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xiii. " Jefferson's 'Rip' lives in church window – the beloved vagabond returns to do honor to the actor who adopted him," by H.I. Brock, The New York Times Magazine, 1925 February 22. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xiv. "Joseph Jefferson's seventieth birthday." The Saturday Evening Herald, tributes from various writers including Francis Wilson, Henry Clay Barnabee, Viola Allen, Olga Nethersole, Mary Mannering, Leslie Carter, W.H Crane, J.H. Stoddart, Laurence Hutton and De Wolf Hopper, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xv. "Joseph Jefferson – a half-hour's chat with the famous comedian, 'Rip Van Winkle' not intended to be a moral lesson, an artistic portraiture of the old Hollander, what the Boston theaters will offer next week," by William E. Bryant, The Boston Journal, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xvi. "Jefferson Island, owned by local men, will provide wild fowl refuge." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, 1918 May 28. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xvii. "Jefferson at Harvard – noted actor talks to students across the Charles.", dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xviii. "Memories of Jefferson – William H. Crane in a reminiscent mood discourses eloquently of his old friend and fellow artist – new stories of the famous actor.", dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xix. Small clipping, noting one-hundredth anniversary of Jefferson's death, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. "Joseph W. Jefferson, son of actor, is dead - dies at home after operation for Cancer." (Publication unknown), dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. " 'My, My!' Rip would have said – Edwin Doben Childe and the former Cynthia Carol Corlett, his bride of yesterday at 'the Little Church Around the Corner.'" The World, with photograph, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. "Thomas L. Jefferson, son of actor, seeks divorce – files suit in Reno charging Wife with Jealousy over His Stage Love-Making." From the Herald Tribune, Aug. 10, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iv . "Miss Jefferson is Engaged – she is the granddaughter of the celebrated actor." The Sun, April 25, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. Jefferson, with his own writings on the character of Rip Van Winkle and signature, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. Portrait of Jefferson and Program for "Rip Van Winkle," pasted onto gray paper, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. Doublesided portrait, Joseph Jefferson and Edwin Booth with commentary, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iv . Scene from "Rip Van Winkle," Jefferson, as Rip Van Winkle confronts his tyrannical wife, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

v. Scene from "Rip Van Winkle," Black-and-white, Jefferson as the elderly Rip Van Winkle, reunites with his daughter, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

vi. Portrait of Joseph Jefferson as an old man, probably from "Rip Van Winkle.", dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

vii. Portrait of Joseph Jefferson as the young Rip Van Winkle, signed on the back by Joseph Jefferson, copyright by B.J. Falk, 1894. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

viii. "Joseph Jefferson and John S. Clarke as Dr. Panglosss and Zekiel Homespun." From original in possession of W.Winter, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ix. "Joseph Jefferson and Judge Howland," taken by Hollinger & Co., dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

x. "Joseph Jefferson," by Napoleon Sarony, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xi. "Joseph Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle," by Napoleon Sarony, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xii. "Joseph Jefferson," in a scene from Rip Van Winkle with biographical information on the back, Newsboy, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xiii. "Mr. Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle." Yellow-and-black print, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xiv. "Mr. Jefferson's latest portrait, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(rest of title and information obscured)

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. Color postcard – "Joseph Jefferson in his bicycle chair, the Palm Beach Coach, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. Large black and white painting of Joseph Jefferson, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. Photo of Jefferson giving a speech at the Actor's Home in West New Brighton, Staten Island, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iv . Second Photo of Jefferson giving a speech at the Actor's Home, dedicating the home, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

v. Photo of the Actor's Home, West New Brighton, Staten Island, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

vi. "Joseph Jefferson at Palm Beach." Commemorates Jefferson's death on, 1905 April 23. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

vii. Joseph Jefferson's birthplace, Spruce and Sixth Streets, Philadelphia, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

viii. Photo of Jefferson leaning on pole, with bowtie and fedora, with closing sentences from Joseph Jefferson's autobiography on the back, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ix. Photo of Jefferson sitting in front of one of his landscape paintings, with quote from Seneca, also quoted in Jefferson's biography on the back, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

x. Colored portrait, card-size and produced through Detroit Photographic Co, 1903. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xi. Photographs of Joseph Jefferson's gravestone, 1909, pasted on cardboard backing, 1909. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

xii. Black-and-white photo of Jefferson, faded and card-size, by Alfred S. Campbell, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

a. Alvin Theatre, Pittsburgh, P.A. – The Rivals, 1896 May 11. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

b. Amphitheatre, Front-Street – Rob Roy: Or, Auld Lang Syne, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(one of Jefferson's first performances, at five years old)

Physical Description

1 box

c. Booth's Theatre – Rip Van Winkle, or the Sleep of Twenty Years, 1877 December 1. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

d. Baltimore Theatre – Mr. Wemyss & Mrs. Anderson's Benefit, Tom and Jerry, or, Life in London, 1823 June 16. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. Dion Boucicault's adaptation of Rip Van Winkle, or the Sleep of Twenty Years, 1869 May 10. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. Dion Boucicault's adaptation of Rip Van Winkle, or the Sleep of Twenty Years, 1869 May 20-22. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. Dion Boucicault's adaptation of Rip Van Winkle, or the Sleep of Twenty Years, 1870 April 25. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iv . Dion Boucicault's adaptation of Rip Van Winkle, or the Sleep of Twenty Years, 1872 May 14. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

f. The Brooklyn Stage– The Rivals, at Colonel Sinns (under Musical and Dramatic Notes), 1881 January 24. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

g. Columbia Theatre, Washington and Tillary STS, Brooklyn. Cricket on the Hearth, 1896 April 6. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. The Rivals, 1890 October 12. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. The Rivals, 1890. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. Cricket on the Hearth, 1895 October 19. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iv . A Card to the Public, by Paul Conrad, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

i. Grand Opera House, 23rd Street. Rip Van Winkle, 1882 November 25. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

i. Our American Cousin and Rip Van Winkle, 1860. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ii. The Heir-at-Law and the Spectre Bridegroom, 1860 November 20. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iii. The Rivals and the Lady of the Lions, 1860 November 19. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

iv . Rip Van Winkle and Lend me Five Shillings, 1860 November 22. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

v. Our American Cousin and Robert Macaire, 1860 November 23. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

vi. Newman Noggs and The Spitfire, or Sailor's Gambols, 1860 November 26. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

vii. Paul Pry and Caleb Plummer, or, the Cricket on the Hearth, 1860 November 30. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

viii. Newman Noggs and the Lady of the Lions, 1860 December 1. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

ix. Newman Noggs and Mazeppa, or the Fiery Untamed Rocking Horse, 1861 February 2. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

k. Hollis St. Theatre between 781 Washington and 274 Tremont St., Boston. The Heir-at-Law, 1891 November 2-November 7. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

l. Park Theatre – Heir-at-Law, 1890 November 17-November 22. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

m. Paterson Opera House – Rip Van Winkle, 1904. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

n. Star Theatre, Broadway and 18 th Street. The Cricket on the Hearth and Lend me Five Shillings,, 1887 November 5. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

o. Union Square Theatre – Cricket on the Hearth and Lend me Five Shillings, 1883 October 19. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

p. Varieties Theatre, Gravier Street – Rip Van Winkle, and on Sunday, Dot, The Heir-in-Law, Mazeppa and several other attractive specialties, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

a. Copy of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, The Jefferson-Booth's Theatre Edition, published by H. Hinton, 1870. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

b. Typed manuscript about Jefferson's father, Joseph Jefferson the I, 1774-1832. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Print, Suggest