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Al Hayman letters, 1891 and 1894-1895
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  • Title: Al Hayman letters
    Collection number: 1928
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 linear ft. (1 box, 1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1891 and 1894-1895
    Abstract: Al Hayman was a theatrical producer and manager. The collection consists of carbon-copy holograph letters written by Hayman and compiled in two bound volumes.
    Language of Materials: English
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    creator: Hayman, Al, 1852?-1917

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library 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.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of outgoing letters related to the career of theatrical producer and manager Al Hayman. Included are two bound volumes of carbon-copy holograph letters. Box one contains the volume labeled April 1891 to August 1891; box two contains the volume labeled December 1894 to March 1895. It is worth noting that a majority of the letters are fading and difficult to read.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Al Hayman letters (Collection 1928). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6982036 


    Al Hayman was born in 1847 in Wheeling, West Virginia. In 1882, he began his career as a theatrical manager when he began managing the Bush Theatre in San Francisco. Hayman produced many successful plays and purchased or managed other theaters. In 1886, he partnered with Charles Frohman to start a booking agency providing Western US theatres with entertainment and venues provided by Frohman entertainment companies. This partnership was later attributed to the beginning of the theatre monopoly known as The Syndicate, which dominated theatre bookings in the United States from 1896 to the early 1900s. Hayman is credited with the building and the success of the Empire Theatre in New York, which opened in 1893. He was also instrumental in carrying out Louis Aldrich’s dream of building a home for retired actors, The Actors’ Fund Home on Staten Island. He served as president of The Actors’ Fund and was a member of the Players’ Club. Hayman died in 1917 in New York City.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hayman, Al, 1852?-1917--Correspondence.
    Theatrical managers--Archival resources.