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C. Hayden Coffin Scrapbook Collection

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/349
Dates of Creation 1912-1929
Name of Creator Charles Hayden Coffin
Language of Material English
Physical Description 8 volumes (6 boxes)

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 8 scrapbooks containing photographs, programmes and national newspaper, periodical and magazine cuttings relating to the life and career of Charles Hayden Coffin.

The scrapbooks contain materials referring to the following productions:

  • Scrapbook 1: The School for Scandal, His Majesty's Theatre, 1913 and Nobby, V.C., first national tour, 1913. Also contains a letter from Coffin's co-star Sam Walsh, dated 1913. The cover of this volume is embossed with Coffin's initials.
  • Scrapbook 2: Damask Rose, national tour, 1929 and The School for Scandal, Kingsway Theatre, 1929.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Manchester in 1862 to American parents Charles Hayden Coffin made his stage debut in 1885 in Pocahontas and found fame in 1886 in the incredibly successful Dorothy, in which he sang as well as acted. Similar roles followed, and Coffin became one of the era's most well-loved stage baritones. His later career would see him turn to more serious drama, taking many Shakespearian roles and making a number of films.

Coffin died in London at the age of 73.

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.

Acquisition Information

Gift, 2007 and 2013

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to Charles Hayden Coffin as well as the productions mentioned may be found in several collections, including the biographical and productions files, as well as in the library collections.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theatre

Personal Names

Coffin, Charles Hayden. ( 1862 - 1935)

Cataloguing Info

Title C. Hayden Coffin Scrapbook Collection
Creation Created by Veronica Castro using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2012-05-14
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