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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Octavia Broske and George Bancroft Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2311
    Physical Description: 0.8 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1927
    Abstract: Octavia Broske and George Bancroft were stage and screen actors in the early 1900s. The collection consists of newspaper clippings and ephemera related to their careers, with the bulk relating to Octavia Broske.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through out electronic paging system using the "Request items" button.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button above.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item], Octavia Broske and George Bancroft Papers (Collection Number 2311). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Gift of Richard Jones and Joan Jones, 2016

    Processing Information

    Processed by Saoirse O'Malley under the supervision of Julie Graham, March 15, 2017.


    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 8168286 

    Biographical/Historical note

    Octavia Broske was born circa 1886, in Pennsylvania. She was an actress of both stage and silent film during the early 1900s. She was married to actor George Bancroft. She appeared on stage in a number of cities across the US including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco, among others. Her stage credits include Belle of New York, Prince of Pilsen, Sultan of Sulu, Tillie's Nightmare, and A Waltz Dream, among others. She also appeared in silent films, including: The Great Adventure and She Loves and Lies. Octavia Broske died in 1967.
    George Bancroft was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 30, 1882. He was educated at Annapolis. He began his stage career as black face entertainer in minstrel shows, eventually going on to act in New York stage dramas and musical comedies such as Ave Maria and Underworld. He made his screen debut in 1921 appearing in The Journey's End. Bancroft was often cast as a villian and/or tough good guys. His film credits include Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Docks of New York (1928), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Old Ironsides (1926), The Pony Express (1925), Stagecoach (1939), and Underworld (1927). He retired from acting in 1942 to become a rancher. George Bancroft died in 1956.

    Scope and Contents note

    The collection consists of material related to the careers of actors Octavia Broske and George Bancroft. The bulk of the collection is newspaper clippings documenting Broske's stage performaces including The Belle of New York, Florodora, The Folies Beregere, Girls Will Be Girls, Prince of Pilsen, Sultan of Sulu, and Tillie's Nightmare. Additionally, there are clippings representing Bancroft's work in Ave Maria and Underworld, and a very small amount of ephemera, and photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Actors -- United States -- Archives.
    Bancroft, George -- Archives
    Broske, Octavia -- Archives