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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1818

Alfred Joseph Frueh caricatures

Contains original black-and-white caricatures of theatrical personalities by Alfred Joseph Frueh, as well as a copy of his book of caricatures, Stage Folk: A Book of Caricatures By Frueh.


  • circa 1920-1935

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.33 linear feet (1 box and 15 oversize folders)

Contains original black-and-white caricatures by Alfred Joseph Frueh, possibly from his time working at The New Yorker Magazine, featuring theatrical personalities. Includes caricatures of individuals such as Maude Adams, George Arliss, Ethel Barrymore, Jacob Bel Ami, Marie Dressler, Lillian Russell, Frances Starr, Francis Wilson, Roland Young, and many others. A few caricatures are of actors in roles, such as Patricia Collinge in "Pollyanna" and Otis Skinner in "Kismet."

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Joseph Frueh was born in Lima, Ohio, in 1880. He worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World early in his career, and from 1908 to 1909, traveled to Europe to study art. In 1925, Frueh joined the staff at The New Yorker, where he published caricatures, cartoons, and illustrations until 1962, specializing in black-and-white original caricatures and color linocuts of theatrical scenes, characters, actors, and related individuals. He died in 1968 in Sharon, Connecticut.


Caricatures are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the person depicted, followed by the volume Stage Folk.

Physical Location

b, pfd (P1.C1.06.03 [Folders 1-15])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Paul Hollister.

Related Materials

See further materials related to Alfred Joseph Frueh: Alfred Frueh caricatures, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library, and Alfred J. Frueh papers, 1904-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2018 June.
Link to catalog
Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968. Alfred Frueh caricatures, circa 1920-1935 (MS Thr 1818): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 June 25
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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