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From the 1890s to the mid 1920s, Arthur Bertram served as a theatrical manager in England for a number of different theaters and actors. His papers, which include letters, financial documents, scripts, photographs and ephemera, document the process of theater productions from start to finish.
Born in England on March 24, 1868, Arthur Bertram's career began at the age of twelve with his appearance on stage in Horns. Bertram was also a boy bugler in the Second Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, but at the age of seventeen, after being made corporal, he quit the regiment. In 1887 he played a small role in Hunt the Slipper, but by 1888 had been engaged by F.A. Barnes as an acting manager for a tour of A Sailor's Fortune. Following this engagement, it appears that Bertram spent the rest of his career offstage.
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