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COLLECTION — Folder: 1 Identifier: MS Thr 1844

Collection of Anderson Entertainment Bureau printed ephemera

Collection of printed ephemera from Anderson Entertainment Bureau of Philadelphia which documents the American lyceum movement of the early 20th century.


  • circa 1900-1910

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


.08 linear feet (1 folder)

A collection of 53 printed items from one company, of various dates, and including fliers and brochures, which document the promotion of the American lyceum movement. Most pieces include portraits of entertainers with biographical notes, typical programs, and press notices. The collection includes material on 11 women performers and 40 men.
Names of performers: women
  1. Alice C. Bennett (storyteller)
  2. Jeannette Turner Broomell (reader and impersonator)
  3. Florence Moore Caldwell (reader)
  4. Katherine Jewell Everts (impersonator)
  5. Lillian E. Derby (reader)
  6. Marie Fischer (violinist)
  7. Alida V. Jones (contralto)
  8. Miss Kitty Cheatham (reader, impersonator)
  9. Rebekah Agnes Atkin (reader)
  10. Antoinette Mott Adams (reader)
Selected names of performers: men
  1. Gen. O. O. Howard (war lectures)
  2. Lotus Glee Club
  3. Milton P. Lyons ("children's parties a specialty")
  4. Harry Upham ("White Faced Master of Magic")
  5. F. Hopkins Smith (reader)
  6. Hamilton W. Mabie (critic)
  7. Frank Lewis Campbell (humorist)
  8. Ole Bang (rendition of Peer Gynt)
  9. William Henry Wright (lecturer, "The Grizzly Bear")
  10. Irving Bacheller
  11. John Kendrick Bangs
  12. Irma Male Quarterette
  13. Jolly Leo the Cartooning Monolgist

Biographical / Historical

The lyceum movement began in mid-19th century America and continued into the early 20th century, primarily in the Northeast and Midwest. The Anderson Entertainment Bureau, based in Philadelphia (Pa.), promoted a wide variety of readers, impersonators, musicians, and storytellers.


Arranged in order as received.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2016T-526. Purchased from Marc Selvaggio Bookseller with funds from the Francis W. Hatch Book Fund, 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018.
Link to catalog
Collection of Anderson Entertainment Bureau printed ephemera, circa 1900-1910 (MS Thr 1844): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2018 August 27
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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