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Nancy Adam Bequest of Theatrical Notebooks and Scrapbooks

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/103
Dates of Creation 1867 - 1950s
Name of Creator Nancy Adam
Language of Material English
Physical Description 3 boxes (9 volumes)

Scope and Content

These files contain notebooks, ledgers, scrapbooks and programmes, all containing theatrical material; book reviews, cuttings, images and theatre-going diaries.

Arrangement

The archive has been divided into the following series:

  • THM/103/1 - Theatre-going diaries
  • THM/103/2 - Writing on the theatre
  • THM/103/3 - Theatrical scrapbooks
  • THM/103/4 - Moulin Rouge programmes

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department for material relating to British theatre in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theater -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Theater -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.) -- France -- Paris

Personal Names

Adam, Nancy

Geographical Names

Moulin Rouge (Night club : Paris, France).

Cataloguing Info

Title Nancy Adam Bequest of Theatrical Notebooks and Scrapbooks
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Theatre-going diaries

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/103/1
Dates of Creation 1867 - 1926
Physical Description 2 volumes

Scope and Content

This file contains the following:

  • Handwritten diary of London theatre visits, with a review for each production seen. Dates span from 1867 to 1876. Includes some loose pages.
  • Handwritten diary of London and regional theatre visits, with a review for each production seen. Dates span from 1924 to 1926. Also includes a separate loose list of productions seen.

Theatrical literature ledgers

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/103/2
Dates of Creation 1935 - 1951
Physical Description 5 volumes

Scope and Content

These volumes contain the following:

  • Handwritten ledger containing notes on the contents of a variety of theatrical and literary memoirs, biographies and reference books, drawing particular attention to pages and passages of interest. Also includes a loose essay on Sarah Bernhardt. The name of D.A Clarke and the date Oct 1935 are written inside the front cover.
  • Handwritten ledger containing notes on the contents of a variety of theatrical and literary memoirs, biographies and reference books, drawing particular attention to pages and passages of interest. Also includes loose cuttings and an article of correspondence, dated 1946. A note inside states that this volume belonged to V.C. Clinton-Baddeley. Volume dated 1944.
  • Handwritten ledger containing notes on the contents of a variety of theatrical and literary memoirs, biographies and reference books, drawing particular attention to pages and passages of interest. Also includes loose correspondence to V.C. Clinton-Baddeley, dated 1946 - 1954. Volume dated 1951.
  • Handwritten book featuring writing on the theatre entitled Theatrical Scraps which includes some images. Undated.
  • Handwritten book titled American Memorials to Players, Managers and Playwrights. Includes index. Undated.

Personal Names

Bernhardt, Sarah. ( 1844-1923)
Clinton-Baddeley, V.C. ( 1900 - 1970)
Clarke-Smith, D.A. ( d.1959)

Scrapbooks

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/103/3
Dates of Creation 1921- 1927
Physical Description 2 volumes

Scope and Content

This file contains the following:

  • Scrapbook containing cuttings relating to theatrical and literary news. Cuttings dated from 1921 to 1953. Front cover is embossed with the date 1895.
  • Scrapbook containing caricatures and photographs of royalty, theatrical performers and other famous figures of the time. Newspaper cuttings relevant to several of these persons are also included. Dated items range from 1923 to 1927. Volume has index of contents.

Moulin Rouge programmes

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/103/4
Dates of Creation c. 1920s
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This file contains a collection of Moulin Rouge programmes, including one featuring dancer and actress Josephine Baker on the cover. Dated c.1920s.

Personal Names

Baker, Josephine. ( 1906 - 1975)