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COLLECTION Identifier: 2006MT-96

Frank A. Andrews papers


This collection includes contracts for theatrical engagements, 1889-1938; film stills and publicity photographs, 1924 and undated; a small quantity of correspondence, 1908-1918 and 1940; a typescript (signed) script by Andrews titled "Who Died First: Negro Farce" undated; and loose scrapbook pages containing clippings and photographs circa 1900-1923.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within circa 1889-1940

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Frank A. Andrews was a stage and film actor who was active in supporting roles in New York City from at least 1889 to 1938. He was raised in Boston and Hyde Park, Mass., the son of picture frame gilder Jacob R. Andrews and Marietta Andrews. He and his parents were listed as African-American in early census records. Frank Andrews was listed as white in 1910, and was generally cast in white roles. He was living in New York City as late as 1940. See the 1880 United States census, Massachusetts E.D. 519, page 50; and the 1910 United States census, New York E.D. 522, page 20-A.



Physical Location


Related / Analytical Title

Who died first : Negro farce.

Processing Information

Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Melanie Wisner, 2020.

Andrews, Frank A. Frank A. Andrews Papers, circa 1889-1940 (2006MT-96): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 16, 2018
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Repository Details

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