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Guide to the Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection
MS-0106  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Family History:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection
    Dates: 1887-1959
    Identification: MS-0106
    Creator: Ellis Family
    Physical Description: 3.00 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Family History:

    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.
    Beginning in approximately 1900, Edward's daughter, Edith Ellis, wrote three dozen plays for production on Broadway, elsewhere in the United States, and in London. Edward's son, also Edward Ellis, had a successful career on Broadway and went on to Hollywood. Granddaughter Ellis Baker acted on Broadway, performed the successful "Showoff" in London, and headed acting companies across America. She retired to Escondido, California in 1979.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Family Name:

    Ellis family -- Archives

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Personal Papers
    Photographs
    Publications

    Personal Name:

    Baker, Ellis, actress
    Ellis, Edith, 1876-1961 -- Archives
    Ellis, Edward Charles, b. 1845 -- Archives
    Ellis, Edward, 1870-1952 -- Archives
    Kelly, George, 1887-1974. Showoff

    Topical Term:

    Actresses -- United States -- Biography
    American drama
    American drama (Comedy)
    Bijou Theater (St. Paul, Minn.)
    Motion picture plays, American
    Playbills -- Specimens
    Theaters -- Minnesota -- St. Paul

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Scope and Contents

    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.