Collection of scrapbooks, stills, and ephemera about the Barrymore family, 1900s-1960s

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UCLA Library Special Collections
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Collection of scrapbooks, stills, and ephemera about the Barrymore family
Collection number: 2145
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.8 linear ft. (2 boxes and 5 flat boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1900s-1960s
Abstract: The collection consists of clippings, stills and a small amount of ephemera related to the careers of actors Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sharon Evans Lucchesi.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection of scrapbooks, stills, and ephemera about the Barrymore family (Collection 2145). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7165487 

Biography/History

No biographical information is available about collector Sharon Evans Lucchesi. She started collecting Barrymore family ephemera as an adolescent during the 1950s and 1960s.
The Barrymore family is a prominent American theatrical family. Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore are descended from both the Barrymore and Drew families of actors. They were born in Philadelphia (in 1878, 1879, and 1882, respectively) to Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew Barrymore. All three siblings become leading actors of both stage and screen, appearing in a number of plays and films, including Rasputin and the Empress (1933) in which they appeared together. Lionel Barrymore was known for his work as a character actor, and he appeared in around 200 films. Ethel Barrymore was known primarily for her theatrical performances, although she also appeared in several silent films. John Barrymore was well known for his work in both stage and film, particularly the 1922 production of Hamlet in which he starred. John Barrymore died in 1942, followed by Lionel Barrymore in 1954, and Ethel Barrymore in 1959.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of clippings, stills, a small amount of other ephemera relating to the careers of actors Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore and compiled by Sharon Evans Lucchesi. Included are primarily scrapbooks of clippings, publicity photographs and stills, and a small amount of ephemera and books. The collection appears to have been compiled in the 1950s and 1960s. The collector annotated some materials with project titles and dates. The bulk of the content reflects the careers of Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, and John Barrymore; however, there is also a very small amount of material relating to other family members.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Barrymore family.
Barrymore, Ethel, 1879-1959.
Barrymore, John, 1882-1942.
Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954.
Actors--Archival resources.

Container List

Box 5, Folder 16

Arsene Lupin story (tear out). (ca. 1932)

Box 5, Folder 7

Barrymore performance reviews transcribed from newspapers. (no date)

Box 5, Folder 12

Billboard (The) magazine. (1935 Dec 14)

Box 6

Books (9 items). (various dates 1900-1955)

General note

Books about or related to the careers of the Barrymores.
Box 5, Folder 10

Boomerang Bill exhibitor press book. (ca. 1922)

Box , Folder 7

Captains Courageous campaign book. (no date)

Box 7

Christmas Carol (A) - 33 rpm album. (no date)

Box 5, Folder 5

Cigarette Cards with images of Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore. (ca. 1930s)

Box 5, Folder 21

Clippings about Diana Barrymore. (no date)

Box 5, Folder 17

Clippings about Dolores Costello. (ca. 1920s)

Box 5, Folder 20

Clippings about Ethel Barrymore. (ca. 1940s-1950s)

Box 5, Folder 19

Clippings about John Barrymore. (ca. 1920s-1940s)

Box 5, Folder 22

Clippings about Lionel Barrymore. (ca. 1920s-1930s)

Box 2, Folder 1

Clippings featuring Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore.. (no dates)

Box 5, Folder 18

Clippings featuring Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore.. (ca. 1930s)

Box 5, Folder 9

Don Juan souvenir programs (2 items). (ca. 1926)

Box , Folder 7

Duel in the Sun pressbook. (no date)

Box 5, Folder 11

Enemies of Women program. (ca. 1923)

Box 5, Folder 6

Filmographies and play lists related to the careers of Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore. (no date)

Box 7

From The Bad Man campaign book. (no date)

Box 5, Folder 1

House of Barrymore by Margot Peters (The) - book. (c. 1990)

Box 5, Folder 14

John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore obituaries. (1942 May)

Box 5, Folder 13

John Barrymore magazine cover tearouts. (ca. 1925)

Box 

John Barrymore obituary photostat copies (rolled).

Box 7

John Barrymore photographs (rolled). (no date)

Box 5, Folder 15

John Drew in Richard Carvel souvenir program. (c. 1900)

Box 5, Folder 4

Letters to Sharon Evans [Luchessi]. (1958-1964)

General note

Inquiry responses and notifications regarding Barrymore memorabilia.
Box 5, Folder 2

Liberace postcard ephemera. (1963 and no date)

Box 2, Folder 2

Lionel Barrymore stills. (1942, 1946)

Box 7

Man I Killed press books. (no date)

Box 7

Million Dollar Vaudeville Show - 33 rpm sound recording. (no date)

General note

Featuring Lionel Barrymore.
Box 7

New York Times. (1914, 1919, 1920)

General note

Featuring Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, and Louise Drew.
Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph Binder 1 (52 items). (ca. 1920s - 1940s)

General note

Stills and publicity photographs featuring Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore. With stills from The Great Profile, Rasputin and the Empress, and The Tempest, among others. Removed from binder for preservation purposes.
Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph Binder 2 (1 of 2) (49 items). (ca. 1920s - 1940s)

General note

Stills and publicity photographs featuring Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore. With stills from Boomerang Bill, Devil Doll, Down to the Sea in Ships, This Side of Heaven, and Washington Square, among others. Removed from binder for preservation purposes.
Box 1, Folder 3

Photograph Binder 2 (2 of 2) (47 items). (ca. 1930s)

General note

Stills and publicity photographs featuring John and Lionel Barrymore. With stills from Arsene Lupin, Dinner at Eight, The Grand Hotel, and Mata Hari, among others. Removed from binder for preservation purposes.
Box 1, Folder 4

Photograph Binder 3 (29 items). (ca. 1920s-1940s)

General note

Stills and publicity photographs featuring Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore. With stills from Duel in the Sun and On Borrowed Time, among others. Removed from binder for preservation purposes.
Box 1, Folder 5

Photograph Binder 4 (34 items). (1930s-1940s)

General note

Stills and publicity photographs featuring Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore. With stills from Bulldog Drummond's Revenge, the Dr. Kildare series, he Little Colonel, and None But the Lonely Heart, among others. Removed from binder for preservation purposes.
Box 1, Folder 6

Photograph Binder 5 (32 items). (ca. 1920s-1950s)

General note

Stills and publicity photographs featuring John Barrymore and Diana and John Drew Barrymore. With stills from Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, among others. Removed from binder for preservation purposes.
Box 1, Folder 7

Photograph Binder 6 (28 items). (ca. 1930s-1950s)

General note

Stills and publicity photographs featuring Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore and Diana and John Drew Barrymore. With stills from The Kind Lady and The Invisible Woman, among others. Removed from binder for preservation purposes.
Box 5, Folder 3

Photoplay Studies publication about Captains Courageous. (1937 Apr)

Box 4, Folder 1

Scrapbook of clippings. (ca. 1920s-1940s)

General note

Clippings featuring John Barrymore and his daughter Diana. Removed from scrapbook for preservation purposes.
Box 4, Folder 4

Scrapbook titled Barrymore-Drew Family. (ca. 1920s-1950s)

General note

Clippings featuring Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore and Diana and John Drew Barrymore.
Box 4, Folder 2

Scrapbook titled Drew-Barrymore Family. (ca. 1920s-1930s, 1960s)

General note

Clippings featuring to the Drew family and Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore.
Box 3, Folder 1

Scrapbook titled Ethel Barrymore. (ca. 1900s)

General note

Clippings featuring Ethel Barrymore.
Box 2, Folder 3

Scrapbook titled My Barrymore Album. (ca. 1920s-1960s)

General note

Clippings featuring Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore and Diana and John Drew Barrymore.
Box 4, Folder 3

Scrapbook titled Royal Family of the Theatre. (ca. 1930s-1960s)

General note

Clippings featuring Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore and Diana and John Drew Barrymore.
Box 3, Folder 2

Scrapbook titled Royal Family of the Theatre. (ca. 1920s-1960s)

General note

Clippings featuring Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore and Diana and John Drew Barrymore.
Box 3, Folder 3

Scrapbook titled Royal Family of the Theatre. (ca. 1920s-1960s)

General note

Clippings featuring Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore.
Box 5, Folder 8

Sit by the Fire, Pantaloon playbill. (1906 Jan)

Box , Folder 7

This Side of Heaven campaign book. (no date)