The Brandon Thomas-Leverson Archive is a collection of scrapbooks, photographs, letters, and journals pertaining to the Brandon-Leverson
household that was largely compiled by Silvia Brandon Thomas, the daughter of actor and playwright Brandon Thomas. The materials
in this collection capture intimate moments within the Brandon-Leverson's family life as well as the family's associations
with other fin de siècle artists and writers such as Henry Irving, Oscar Wilde, and W.S. Penley.
Brandon Thomas (1848-1914) was a playwright, songwriter, and performer whose farce Charley's Aunt helped him achieve international renown. Born on December 24, 1848 as the first child of Walter Thomas and Hannah Thomas
(née Morris), Brandon experienced a childhood of inconsistent financial resources and inconsistent schooling. His father,
while a skilled bootmaker, was prone to making rash business endeavors that often left the family financially struggling.
By the age of 12, Brandon was removed from school entirely to work as an apprentice at the Liverpool dockyards to provide
for his family. His mother ran a small lodging business out of the family's home, with one of the tenants being than unknown
stage performer Henry Irving. Irving's relationship with the Thomas family would profoundly inspired Brandon to pursue a similar
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 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.
This collection is open for research.