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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 181

Elsie Leslie papers


Letters to American actress Elsie Leslie from various correspondents and other materials.


  • Creation: 1888-1944

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.33 linear feet (3 volumes)

Contains letters to Leslie from American and English actors, producers and drama critics, including George Arliss, David Belasco, Dudley Diggs, William Gillette, Julia Marlowe, Louis Napolean Parker, Edward Hugh Sothern, and William Winter. Also includes Leslie's prompt copy of Nance Oldfield, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Elsie Leslie (Milliken) was an American actress.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Elsie Leslie
  2. II. Other theatrical material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

65M-212. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund from Mrs. Edwin J. Milliken, Hampton House, Apt. 12-A, 28 East 70th Street, New York, New York 10021; received: 1965 Apr. 20.

Leslie, Elsie, 1881-1966. Elsie Leslie papers, 1888-1944: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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