Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Family Collection

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This material is held atV&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160
Dates of Creation1806 - 1929
Name of CreatorHerbert Beerbohm Tree; Maud Tree
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 box (14 files)

Scope and Content

Correspondence written to and from Herbert, Maud and Viola Tree. The collection also includes poems, scripts, photographs and notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Beerbohm Tree was a successful actor manager, renowned for his productions of Shakespeare, while also keeping an eye of innovations in the field. He made his amateur debut as an actor in 1876, and turned professional in 1878. As well as running several theatres, he undertook many foreign tours and made a name for himself in America as well as in Britain. He founded the Academy of Dramatic Art (later to become RADA) in 1904, and was knighted in 1909. In 1882 he married Helen Maud Holt, professionally known as Mrs Beerbohm Tree and later Lady Tree, an actress who frequently was to appear on stage with him. His daughter Viola was also an actress.

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.

Custodial History

Purchased Christie's 16 April 1980 Lot 138.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. In general this includes the biographical, productions, company and photographs files. Books acquired with the collection can be found in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance Library Collections.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Actors -- Great Britain -- Correspondence

Personal Names

Tree,  Herbert Beerbohm.  Sir, ( 1853-1917) 
Tree,  Maud. ( 1863-1937) 
Tree,  Viola. ( 1884-1938) 

Cataloguing Info

TitleHerbert Beerbohm Tree and Family Collection
CreationCreated by Natalya Kusel using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2013-10-08

Correspondence to and from Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Maud Tree and Viola Tree

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1
Dates of Creation1853
Physical Description 9 files

Letters to Maud Tree

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/1
Dates of Creation1896
Physical Description 3 folders

Scope and Content

Letters from various correspondents including Herbert Beerbohm Tree and other family members. Topics include Maud Tree's personal, professional and charitable activities.


Telegrams addressed to Maud Tree at Aldwick Bogner

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/2
Dates of CreationMay 1901 - Aug 1901
Physical Description 1 folder

Letter from Maud Tree to Mr Lawrence

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/3
Dates of CreationUndated
Physical Description 1 folder

Letter from Maud Tree to Mr Blackburn

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/4
Dates of CreationUndated
Physical Description 1 folder

Postcards to Maud Tree and Viola Tree

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/5
Dates of CreationMay 1906 - Jun 1906
Physical Description 1 folder

Letters to Viola Tree

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/6
Dates of CreationUndated
Physical Description 1 folder

Letters to Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/7
Dates of Creation1885 - 1913
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Letters from correspondents including Fran Stubbs, Charles Kean, Stephen [Colmider], Florence Walley, Ralph and John.


Letters to unknown correspondent

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/8
Dates of CreationUndated
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Two letters.


Empty envelopes

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/1/9
Dates of CreationUndated
Physical Description 1 folder

Postcards and photographs featuring images of Viola Tree

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/2
Dates of CreationUndated
Physical Description 1 folder

Plays and poems

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/3
Dates of CreationUndated
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Includes extracts of plays and poems in typescript and handwritten form.


List of provincial theatres with a royal patent

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/4
Dates of CreationOct 23 1811
Physical Description 1 folder

Accounts of tickets sold for 'She would and she would not' and 'We fly by night' at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket on 5 July 1806

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/5
Dates of Creation5 Jul 1806
Physical Description 1 folder

Loose notes, performance ticket and calendar for 1902

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/160/6
Dates of Creation1860 - 1902
Physical Description 1 folder