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Finding Aid for the William Lewis Papers, 1918-1947
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Lewis Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1947
    Collection number: 1496
    Creator: Lewis, William
    Extent: 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: William Lewis decided on a dancing career after seeing the Frisco Kid perform in the early 1920s. He began in vaudeville with the group, Sunshowers, and later with a travelling minstrel show. His wife Elsie studied Russian ballet and tap dancing. The collection consists of photographs, theater programs, and ephemera relating to the vaudeville careers of William and Elsie Lewis, and to vaudeville in America in the 1920s.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of William F. Lewis, 1983.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William Lewis Papers (Collection 496). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    William Lewis was born in Providence, Rhode Island; he decided on a dancing career after seeing the Frisco Kid perform in the early 1920s; began in vaudeville with the group, Sunshowers, and later with a travelling minstrel show; his wife Elsie studied Russian ballet and tap dancing; danced at Capital Music Hall in New York with the the Chester Hale Girls; William and Elsie joined a touring group, Gobs of joy; after 1932, William Lewis returned to Rhode Island and opened a dancing school; after their baby was born, Lewis danced and served as an MC throughout the state; after the U.S. became involved in World War II, he took a job in an ammunitions factory; continued to do MC work until 1960, after which he continued to perform in nursing homes.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of photographs, theater programs, and ephemera relating to the vaudeville careers of William and Elsie Lewis, and to vaudeville in America in the 1920s.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Lewis, William--Archives.
    Lewis, Elsie--Archives.
    Vaudeville--United States--Archival resources.