Guide to the Edwin Booth Family Collection, 1860-1962
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Edwin Booth Family Collection
Physical Description: 6.94
Language of Materials:
Abstract: The Booth family is the well-known 19th
century American theatrical family that includes Edwin Booth and his brothers, John
Wilkes and Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. Edwin made his stage debut in 1849. The collection
contains family records of Edwin Booth and his descendants to his great granddaughter,
Edwina Booth Cutting.
The Booth family is the well-known 19th century American theatrical family that includes
Edwin Booth and his brothers, John Wilkes and Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. Edwin made his
stage debut in 1849 with his father Junius. After his death in 1852, Edwin toured
Australia and Hawaii, earning stage recognition during his 1856 engagement in
Sacramento, California. He is remembered today for his Shakespeare performances,
particularly his Hamlet in 1864/1865 which he produced with brothers Junius and
In 1861 Edwin married Mary Devlin and they had one daughter Edwina. She married Ignatius
Grossman, a banker, in 1885. They had two children, Clarence Edwin Booth Grossman, an
artist, and Mildred Booth Grossman. Mildred married Cleveland Livingston Waterbury (he
died in 1937 and she later married Arthur C. Tilton). Their daughter Edwina Booth
Waterbury married the actor Richard H. Cutting. Edwina Booth Cutting (née Waterbury)
passed away in 1985.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Grossman, Edwina Booth, b.
Theater -- United States
Conditions Governing Use:
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of
materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by
fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the
public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright
owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style
manual, or see the
Citing Archival Materials
Arrangement of Materials:
Series I: Papers, News Clippings, Scrapbook, 1865-1936
Series II: Photographs
Series III: Realia
Series IV: Sound Recordings, 1939
Scope and Contents
The Edwin Booth Family Collection contains family records of Edwin Booth and his
descendants to his great granddaughter, Edwina Booth Cutting. The collection is arranged
into four series: Papers, News Clippings, Scrapbook, Photographs, Realia, and Sound
Series I: Papers, News Clippings, Scrapbook,
Box 1, Folder 1
Correspondence and Signatures
Box 1, Folder 2
Programs, Hamlet, Othello and Hamlet,
Box 1, Folder 3
1936 November 26
Box 1, Folder 4
Newspaper and Magazine Clippings
Box 1, Folder 5
Programs, Hamlet, Facsimile, The Two Virtues, Houseparty,
Box 1, Folder 6
Honoring Edwin Booth, "One for the Book," Radio Show,
1929 December 31
Box 5, Folder 1
Scrapbook, "Memorabilia from College Days," A.C.
Box 6, Folder 2
Photograph Albums, "Edwina's mother, brother, father,"
"Baby pictures of Edwina, her family, etc. Father."
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 2
Box 4, Item 1
Dark Wood Humidor, 3½" x 5" x 7¾"
Box 4, Item 3
Clay Lamp, 6¼" x 3½" x 2¼"
Box 7, Folder 1
Metal Strong Box with Removable Wooden Liner, Open Work Decorative
Design of Metal
Series IV: Sound Recordings, 1939
Box 8, Item 1
Album, "Readings from Othello," Copy of 1890
Box 8, Item 2
Album, "Readings from Othello," 6 Inch Unlabeled