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Finding Aid for the Mary Servoss Papers, 1910-1968
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mary Servoss Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1968
    Collection number: 543
    Creator: Servoss, Mary, 1881-1968
    Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Mary Servoss (1881-1968) was a actress. She appeared on stage in Chicago, New York and London. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, books, scrapbooks, and printed materials related to Servoss' life and career.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mary Servoss Papers (Collection 543). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2976830 


    Servoss was born in Chicago, Illinois; her first stage appearance was at the Grand Opera House in Chicago playing a small part in Lorna Doone, 1905; her first appearance on the New York stage was the following year at the Fourteeth Street Theatre as Alice in Bedford's hope; she appeared as Portia in Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice with David Warfield at the Lyceum, 1922; her first appearance on the London stage was at the Duke of York's Theatre as the title character in De luxe Annie, 1925; managed summer stock companies in Michigan and Ohio playing Ophelia, Juliet, Beatrice, and Rosalind, 1911-16; died in 1968.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, books, scrapbooks, and printed materials related to the life and career of actress Mary Servoss. Includes correspondence and approximately 100 telegrams (1922-24) from David Belasco. Also includes 81 personal photographs, 111 professional photographs, 3 scrapbooks, and an annotated script for Servoss' role as Portia in The merchant of Venice.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Servoss, Mary, 1881-1968--Archives.
    Belasco, David, 1853-1931--Correspondence.
    Actresses--United States--Archival resources.