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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1711

Christy Obrecht family papers


Professional and personal papers, correspondence, and photographs of the Christy Obrecht family.


  • 1913-1975

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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


.42 linear feet (2 boxes)
Collection includes a diary, playbills, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, reviews, family photographs, professional headshots and stills, correspondence, wedding announcements, war papers, notes, construction plans, and confederate dollars.

Biographical / Historical

The Christy Obrecht family vaudeville act was founded in 1896, first known as "The Obrecht Musical Family: a Musical Organization without Peer" by Christy Obrecht Sr. The show was mainly based in Minnesota, but traveled to Wisconsin and Iowa. By 1913 Christy Obrecht Sr. was joined by his son Christy Obrecht II (born 1894). Catherine "Kate" McCool was acting in the Obrecht show before her marriage to Christy Obrecht II in 1915; after their nuptials she took on some managerial responsibilities while continuing to act. Christy Obrecht Jr. (born 1919) joined his father Christy Obrecht II in the family act in the early 1940s. Over the years the Obrecht act had various name changes: "The Christy Obrecht Company," "The Obrecht Stock Company," and "The Christy Obrecht Road Show."


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

b, pf

Custodial History

Purchased from Robert H. Rubin Books, 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018MT-047. Purchased from Robert H. Rubin Books in 2017 September.

Processing Information

Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2017.
Link to catalog
Obrecht, Christy II. Christy Obrecht Family Papers, 1913-1975 (MS Thr 1711): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 29, 2017
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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