James Forbes (1871-1938), a twentieth century playwright, authored
The Chorus Lady,
The Commuters, and
The Famous Mrs. Fair. The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia related to a number of his
James Forbes was born September 2, 1871 in Salem, Ontario. He began his career as an actor in 1891 in Chicago and played comic
roles for the next five years. He then served as the the drama critic for the Pittsburgh Dispatch, business manager for Henry
W. Savage's Castle Square Opera Company, business representative for the Metropolitan English Opera Company and the Amelia
Bingham Company, and assistant manager of Henry B. Harris Theatrical Enterprises.
All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. 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 Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Collection is open for research.