Inventory of the Sir John Martin-Harvey Papers

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: Martin-Harvey, John, Sir, 1863-1944
Title: Sir John Martin-Harvey Papers
Date (inclusive): 1900-1945
Extent: 1.4 linear feet
Abstract: Sir John Martin-Harvey (1863-1944) was an English actor-manager and member of Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre Company in London for fourteen years before inaugurating his own management of the Lyceum in 1899. The collection contains correspondence, scripts, printed material and photographs, relating to several productions including Great Possessions, The Lowland Wolf, and Don Juan's Last Wager.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-184
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Biography

Sir John Martin-Harvey (1863-1944) was an English actor-manager and member of Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre company in London for fourteen years before inaugurating his own management of the Lyceum in 1899. His performances included parts in: The Only Way, A Cigarette Maker's Romance, The Breed of Treshams, and Oedipus Rex, among others.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, scripts, printed material and photographs, relating to several productions, including Great Possessions, The Lowland Wolf, and Don Juan's Last Wager. Also included is correspondence and flyers related to the Actors Association boycott of Martin-Harvey in 1924.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in 8 series: Correspondence, Scripts, Manuscripts, Sketches, Financial Materials, Printed Materials, Sheet Music, and Photographic Materials.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Martin-Harvey, John, Sir, 1863-1944--Archives
Theater--England
Actors--England

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed this collection and created and encoded this finding aid.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Martin-Harvey Papers, D-184, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Correspondence 1908-1945

Scope and Content Note

Organized into three subseries: Outgoing, Incoming, and Third Party.
 

Subseries 1.1 Outgoing 1924-1943

Physical Description: 10 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters written by John Martin-Harvey, including several regarding the Actors' Association boycott of Martin-Harvey in 1924. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 1:1

Green-Armytage, R.N. 1924 September 15

Box 1:2

Green-Armytage, R.N. 1924 September 30

Box 1:3

Green-Armytage, R.N. 1924 October 20

Box 1:4

Green-Armytage, R.N. 1924 October 23

Box 1:5

Green-Armytage, R.N. 1924 November 18

Box 1:6

Green-Armytage, R.N.? 1924

Box 1:7

Marsh, Mr. 1943 August 19

Box 1:8

Piper, Mr. 1943 June 20

Box 1:9

Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Committee 1943 November 12

Box 1:10

White, Miss? 1941 September 2

 

Subseries 1.2 Incoming 1908-1945

Physical Description: 52 folders
Box 1:11

Aynesworth, Allan 1944 February 21

Box 1:12

Bright, R. Golding 1934 October 5

Box 1:13

British Drama League 1943 January 14

Box 1:14

British Drama League 1943 March 31

Box 1:15

British Drama League 1943 April 7

Box 1:16

British Drama League 1943 July 5

Box 1:17

Burleigh Limited 1943 June 16

Box 1:18

Carter, Allen 1943 July 1

Box 1:19

Carter, Allen 1943 October 13

Box 1:20

Good Housekeeping 1937 April 9

Box 1:21

Hiddrupton Enid? 1941 October 26

Box 1:22

Kerr, Charles? 1943 September 22

Box 1:23

Kerr, Charles? 1943 November 3

Box 1:24

MacQueen-Pope, W. undated

Box 1:25

Mobile Entertainments for Sussex Area undated

Box 1:26

Murray, David 1943 May 29

Box 1:27

Murray, David 1943 June 3

Box 1:28

Murray, David 1943 June 11

Box 1:29

Murray, David 1943 August 3

Box 1:30

Murray, John 1943 August 6

Box 1:31

Murray, John 1943 September 7

Box 1:32

Murray, David undated

Box 1:33

Paxton, Reverend W. 1943 February 26

Box 1:34

Pictorial Press 1943 September 24

Box 1:35

Proes, Bernard 1942 March 30

Box 1:36

Rossler, Karl 1908 March 11

Box 1:37

Rossler, Karl 1908 April 2

Box 1:38

Royal Society of St. George 1940 December 31

Box 1:39

Royal Society of St. George 1941 February 12

Box 1:40

Royal Society of St. George 1941 March 1

Box 1:41

Royal Society of St. George 1941 April 11

Box 1:42

Royal Society of St. George 1941 June 28

Box 1:43

Royal Society of St. George 1941 September 22

Box 1:44

Royal Society of St. George 1941 October 15

Box 1:45

Royal Society of St. George 1943 June 23

Box 1:46

Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Committee 1943 July 30

Box 1:47

Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Committee 1943 November 4

Box 1:48

Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Committee 1943 November 8

Box 1:49

Sims, A.F. 1943 July 16

Box 1:50

Sims, A.F. 1943 September 2

Box 1:51

Society of Individualists 1943 August 30

Box 1:52

Society of Individualists 1943 September 7

Box 1:53

Society of Individualists 1943 September 20

Box 1:54

Thomas, W. Beach undated

Box 1:55

Warrack, Guy 1944 January 25

Box 1:56

Warrack, Guy 1944 February 21

Box 1:57

Westminster Bank 1945 October 25

Box 1:58

Willis, Mary C. 1943 April 27

Box 1:59

Willis, Mary C. undated

Box 1:60

Willis, Mary C. undated

Box 1:61

Willis, Mary C. undated

Box 1:62

Unidentified 1941-1943

 

Subseries 1.3 Third Party 1908-1936

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters that are to or between individuals other than John Martin-Harvey, including some to and from his wife. Arranged alphabetically by author.
Box 1:63

Bright, R. Golding to Frank B. O'Neill 1936 August 13

Box 1:64

Crossett, Raymond to Mrs. Martin-Harvey 1931 July 16

Box 1:65

Martin Harvey, Mrs. to Crossett, Raymond 1931 August 11

Box 1:66

Unidentified to Mrs. Martin-Harvey 1908 November 3

Box 1:67

Unidentified undated

 

Series 2. Scripts 1904-1929

Physical Description: 26 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains scripts for Great Possessions and the Lowland Wolf, among others. Arranged alphabetically by play title.
Box 1:68

Great Possessions, Act I undated

Box 1:69

Great Possessions, Act I undated

Box 1:70

Great Possessions, Act II undated

Box 1:71

Great Possessions, Act II undated

Box 1:72

Great Possessions, Act III undated

Box 1:73

Great Possessions, Act III undated

Box 1:74

Great Possessions, Act IV undated

Box 1:75

Great Possessions, Act IV undated

Box 1:76

Great Possessions, side for Simon undated

Box 1:77

Great Possessions, passages of dialogue for Act III & Act IV, written by Karl Rossler undated

Box 1:78

If Only Father undated

Box 1:79

The Lower Lands undated

Box 1:80

The Lowland Wolf, Acts I-III undated

Box 1:81

The Lowland Wolf, Act I undated

Box 1:82

The Lowland Wolf, Act I 1929

Box 1:83

The Lowland Wolf, Act II undated

Box 1:84

The Lowland Wolf, Act II undated

Box 1:85

The Lowland Wolf, Act III undated

Box 1:86

The Lowland Wolf, Act III undated

Box 1:87

The Lowland Wolf, side for Marta undated

Box 1:88

Maria Rosa; drama tragico de costumbres populares, en tres actos y en prosa 1924

Box 2:1

Marta of the Lowlands undated

Box 2:2

Marta of the Lowlands, Act II undated

Box 1:89

Tierra baja; drama en tres actos y en prosa 1904

Box 1:90

The Wolf of the Lowland, Act I undated

Box 1:91

The Wolf of the Lowland, Act II undated

 

Series 3. Manuscripts undated

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

2 related to Actors dispute
Box 1:92

Conditions Then and Now undated

Box 1:93

Politics and the Actor: Stage Thunderstorms undated

Box 1:94

Unidentified undated

 

Series 4. Sketches 1916?

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains several unidentified costume designs and sketches.
Box 2:3

Costume designs undated

Box 1:95-96

Costume designs for Henry V? 1916?

Box 2:4

Sketches undated

Box 1:97

Series 5. Financial materials 1936-1940

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains an income tax assessment and an account sheet for royalty payments, among other items.
 

Series 6. Printed Materials 1900-1924

Physical Description: 9 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains theater programs as well as several handbills related to the Actors Association boycott and a pamphlet titled: Some of the Stage Productions of John Martin-Harvey.
Box 1:98

Actors Association boycott, handbills circa 1924

Box 1:99

Breed of the Treshams, program 1907 December 9

Box 1:100

Clippings 1902-1903

Box 1:101

La Escena Catalana, periodical undated

Box 1:102

Oedipus Rex, program 1923

Box 1:103

The Only Way, reprint from the London Magazine undated

Box 1:104

The Only Way, souvenir packet 1900

Box 2:5

The Only Way, souvenir program 1920

Box 1:105

Some of the Stage Productions of John Martin-Harvey, pamphlet undated

 

Series 7. Sheet Music 1900

Physical Description: 8 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains sheet music as well as the orchestral score for The Lowland Wolf composed by W. Hudson. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2:6

El Aragones undated

Box 2:7

El Carnaval undated

Box 2:8

Ensenanza Libre undated

Box 2:9

Five Spanish Songs 1900

Box 2:10

Gigantes y Cabezudos undated

Box 2:11

La Golondrina undated

Box 2:12

The Lowland Wolf, orchestral score composed by W. Hudson undated

Box 2:13

La Madre del Cordero undated

 

Series 8. Photographic Materials circa 1903-1932

Physical Description: 15 folders and 1 wrapped volume

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs and postcard photographs of Martin-Harvey in various roles as well as production photographs from several plays.
Box Wrapped volume

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0001-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0071 Album containing photographs of Great Possessions, The Last Heir, and The Corsican Brothers circa 1907-1908

Physical Description: 71 photographs
Box 1:106

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0072-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0073 The Bells circa 1932

Physical Description: 2 photographs

Scope and Content Note

As Mathias in The Bells, wearing a fur coat, hat, gloves, and a woolen scarf. and holding a whip in his right hand.
Box 1:107

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0074 A Cigarette Maker's Romance undated

Physical Description: 1 image

Scope and Content Note

In character.
Box 1:108

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0075 The Corsican Brothers circa 1908

Physical Description: 1 postcard photograph

Scope and Content Note

Standing with hands on hips, face in full, wearing open neck shirt with sleeves rolled up, and fancy cummerbund.
Box 2:14-27

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0076-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0089 Don Juan's Last Wager circa 1908

Physical Description: 14 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Production photographs, showing cast and scenery, which were taken by the London Stereoscopic Company, London.
Box D Folio 3

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0090 Don Juan's Last Wager circa 1908

Physical Description: 1 photograph
Box 1:109

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0091-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0093 Great Possessions undated

Physical Description: 3 photographs
Box 2:28

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0094 Exile circa 1903

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

As Napoleon, seated at a table, on which he is resting his arm, and holding a stick. Wearing a plumed tricorne hat and a cloak, face in profile.
Box 2:29-32

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0095-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0098 Great Possessions undated

Physical Description: 4 photographs
Box 1:110

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0099 Hamlet undated

Physical Description: 1 postcard photograph
Box 1:111

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0100-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0113 The Lowland Wolf undated

Physical Description: 14 photographs
Box 2:33

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0114 The Lowland Wolf undated

Physical Description: 1 photograph
Box 2:34-45

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0115-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0126 Marta of the Lowlands undated

Physical Description: 12 photographs
Box 1:112

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0127-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0133 Martin-Harvey, John undated

Physical Description: 7 images

Scope and Content Note

Various images of Martin-Harvey including a caricature.
Box 1:113

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0134 Oedipus Rex circa 1912

Physical Description: 1 postcard photograph

Scope and Content Note

Martin-Harvey as Oedipus Rex, holding tall staff with both hands.
Box 1:114

UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0135-UCD.PIC.D184.2010.0136 The Only Way undated

Physical Description: 2 images