Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection
Scope and Contents
The Ellis Family Collection consists of theater and movie scripts by Edith and Edward Ellis, playbills, programs, reviews, photographs, and information about the Ellis family, specifically Edith Ellis. Also included are movie house ledgers, movie production picture magazines, posters, and promotional photographs from the Bijou Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its connection with the Ellis Family is unclear; possibly the theater was operated by the Ellis Family.
- Ellis Family (Family)
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This collection is open for research.
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The Ellis Family theatrical history began in 1859 when Edward Charles Ellis, age 14, left home and made his stage debut as a blackface comedian. This performance marked the beginning of over 100 years in theater for the Ellis Family.
Beginning in approximately 1900, Edward's daughter, Edith Ellis, wrote three dozen plays for production on Broadway, elsewhere in the United States, and in London. Edward's son, also Edward Ellis, had a successful career on Broadway and went on to Hollywood. Granddaughter Ellis Baker acted on Broadway, performed the successful "Showoff" in London, and headed acting companies across America. She retired to Escondido, California in 1979.
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Source of Acquisition
William B. Fark
- Actresses--United States--Biography
- American drama
- American drama (Comedy)
- Baker, Ellis, actress
- Bijou Theater (St. Paul, Minn.)
- Ellis family--Archives
- Ellis, Edith, 1876-1961--Archives
- Ellis, Edward Charles, b. 1845--Archives
- Ellis, Edward, 1870-1952--Archives
- Kelly, George, 1887-1974. Showoff
- Motion picture plays, American
- Personal Papers
- Theaters--Minnesota--St. Paul
- Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection
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