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Florence Bayard Kane collection of European travel and theater ephemera


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Florence Bayard Kane (1868-1943) was born in New Castle to John Kintzing Kane and Mabel Bayard. A member of the prominent Kane family of Pennsylvania, she was a volunteer worker and much-traveled individual who briefly worked as a librarian and manuscript processor. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania, collection 2055). Between 1899 and 1900, Kane traveled in Paris, presumably staying in Mrs. Edward Ferris' home for young ladies abroad. She collected playbills and other ephemera during her stay, and later during other trips to Europe in 1909 and 1914. She was a Quaker who attended the Germantown Friends Meeting. She never married.

Series one contains ephemera of a young lady's visits to Paris between 1899 and 1914, including calendars, a horse racing pamphlet, and information about housing and traveling throughout Europe. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series two demonstrates Miss Kane's love of theater, and contains playbills and libretti, largely collected during her 1899 to 1900 trip to Paris, although some were collected later. This series is arranged chronologically.

Gift of Jean Kane Foulke duPont, 1968.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Devorah Sperling-Billings
Finding Aid Date
2014 July 10
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"Study and residence in Paris," information about program, 1899.
Box 1 Folder 1
Travel reference (cycling in Europe and Switzerland/Germany tour route), circa 1899-1900.
Box 1 Folder 2
Christmas entertainment programme, 1899.
Box 1 Folder 3
Engagement calendars, 1900.
Box 1 Folder 4
Excavations at Kavousi, Crete by Harriet A. Boyd, 1900.
Box 1 Folder 5
Later trips to Europe (timetable, horse racing, and Keats-Shelley Memorial in Rome), 1909, 1914, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6-7

Folies Bergere, programme for Les Grande Courtisanes, 1899 October 27.
Box 1 Folder 8
Théatre De L'Odéon, programmes for France... D'abord, Froufrou, L'arlésienne, La Tontine, Les Fourchambault, Les Folies Amoureuses, Le Florentin, 1899-1900.
Box 1 Folder 9
Concerts-Rouge, programme, 1900 January 3.
Box 1 Folder 10
Miscellaneous ephemera; reviews collected and published by Mme Edward Claparede-Spir, and école ephemera, circa 1900.
Box 1 Folder 11
Théatre Sarah Bernhardt, programmes for L'aiglon, La Dame aux Camélias, and La Tragique Histoire D' Hamlet Prince de Danemark, circa 1900.
Box 1 Folder 12
The Lyceum "Faust," by Joseph Hatton, circa 1900.
Box 1 Folder 13
Patience or Bunthorne's Bride, libretti, 1881, circa 1900s.
Box 1 Folder 14
La Petite Illustration, Théatre du Grand-Guignol, La Lumière Dans le Tombeau (Gott mit uns!), 1929.
Box 1 Folder 15
Comédie Française, Programme Officiel, Jean de la Fontaine, undated.
Box 1 Folder 19

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