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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 451

Sothern family papers


Photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence relating to the theatrical careers of the Sotherns, an English family of actors.


  • Creation: 1832-1922, (bulk) 1861-1909.
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1861-1909

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


12 linear feet (11 boxes, 4 volumes, 1 portfolio folder)

Contains photographs (1861-1915) in 20 scrapbooks, as well as manuscript scripts, actors' sides, promptbooks, and correspondence. Includes galley proofs of E. H. Sothern's autobiography, The Melancholy Tale of Me (1916) and 73 drawings, and 8 sketchbooks by E. H. Sothern. Also contains playbills, programs and souvenir programs, engravings, posters, clippings, and miscellaneous material.

Biographical / Historical

The Sotherns were a family of actors active in England and the United States. This collection centers on Edward Askew Sothern and his sons, Edward Hugh, Lytton Edward, and George Evelyn Augustus T., known as Sam.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Photographs
  2. II. Scrapbooks
  3. III. Scripts
  4. IV. Playbills, programs, and souvenir programs
  5. V. Correspondence
  6. VI. Autobiography
  7. VII. Clippings
  8. VII. Pictorial material
  9. VIII. Miscellany

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-152. Gift of E. H. Sothern; received: 1933 October 16; and Julia Marlowe Sothern, 1942 March.

Sothern family. Sothern family papers, 1832-1922: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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