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Alexander Corbett Collection of Theater Memorabilia

Identifier: MS 026


The Alexander Corbett Collection of Theater Memorabilia contains biographical materials, correspondence and photographs of actors and actresses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection was compiled by Alexander Corbett (1856-1935), a reporter and theater critic of the Boston Globe. The collection includes materials relating to Lillie Langtry, Sarah Bernhardt, Edwin Booth and Lillian Russell.


  • 1670-1960,
  • Majority of material found within 1870-1910


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Corbett was born in Glasgow Scotland July 30, 1856 to American parents. As a young man he worked as a printer and actor and took great interest in both. He worked with many of the notable actors of the day and became a close friend with the actress Lillie Langtry. His interest in printing and the stage led him to become a reporter for the Boston Globe for over 45 years where he became a noted theater critic. Corbett died in November 1935.


3.5 Linear feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into three basic series: Biographical material, Correspondence, and Photographs. arranged in alphabetical order by name of actor/actress represented.

Ownership and Custodial History

The collection was given to Franklin and Marshall College in 1972 by Sigmund Hyman (F & M 1947). It is not known how Mr. Hyman came into possession of this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Sigmund M. Hyman. Address--Stevenson, MD. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1972..

Processing Information

Processing completed August 1992.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States