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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1790

Anna Erskine Crouse theatrical portrait and scene photographs

Collection includes oversized black-and-white theatrical portrait and scene photographs from the 1930s by Vandamm, and one portrait by DeMirjian.


  • 1933-1938, undated

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.33 linear feet (12 oversize folders)

Includes twelve oversized theatrical portrait and scene photographs from the 1930s by photograph Vandamm, with one photograph by DeMirjian. Subjects include stage and screen actors such as Elizabeth Bergner, Katherine Cornell, Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn, Alla Nazimova, and Ed Wynn. Productions include the original production of “Ah! Wilderness,” as well as “Biography,” “End of Summer,” “Idiot’s Delight,” “Mary Queen of Scotland,” and “Taming of the Shrew.” Some portraits are inscribed to Anna Erskine Crouse’s husband, Russel, a playwright and librettist, who was part of the Broadway writing partnership Lindsay and Crouse.

Biographical / Historical

Anna E. Crouse was born in New York, New York 1916 January 29, to John Erskine and Pauline Ives. She graduated from Horace Mann High School, and began studying at Barnard College, but left school to pursue her acting career. She appeared on Broadway in some small plays, and then became a secretary to the writing and producing team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, the playwright who she later married. Several portraits in the collection are inscribed to Russel Crouse, and productions may relate to his producing, writing, and directing career.

Throughout her life, Anna E. Crouse was involved with the theatre and supporting interest in and access to attending theatre. She worked with the Theater Development Fund and helped to establish the TKTS booth providing inexpensive tickets for Broadway productions in New York. She died on December 29, 2013 in New York.


Collection is arranged in two runs: one alphabetical run of portraits organized by last name of the subject; one alphabetical run by production title.

Physical Location

pfd, ppf (P1.C1.02.12)

Custodial History

Donated by Anna E. Crouse, 1981 May and 1981 November.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession numbers. Gift of from Anna Erskine Crouse in 1981 May and 1981 November.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2018 May.
Link to catalog
Crouse, Anna Erskine. Anna Erskine Crouse theatrical portrait and scene photographs, 1933-1938, undated (MS Thr 1790): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 May 01
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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