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.
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.
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is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be
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of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available
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This collection is open for research.