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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1854

Lew Dockstader minstrel photograph collection


Includes photographs of Lew Dockstader's minstrels.


  • circa 1900-1910

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Conditions Governing Access

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


.08 linear feet (1 box)

Includes various back-and-white cabinet cards and photographs, featuring portraits of Lew Dockstader and minstrel scenes.

Biographical / Historical

Lew Dockstader (1856 –1924) was born George Alfred Clapp in Hartford, Connecticut. Dockstader was an American singer, comedian, and vaudeville star, best known for his work in blackface as a minstrel show performer. Dockstader performed as a solo act and in his own a popular minstrel troupe. In 1890 Dockstader began touring with George Primrose, forming the group Primrose and Dockstader’s Minstrel Men.


Collection is minimally processed and arranged in alphabetical order.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MT-026. Purchased from Potter and Potter Auctions with funds from the Frank E. Chase Bequest in 2018 July.

Processing Information

Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018.

Dockstader, Lew. Lew Dockstader minstrel photograph collection, circa 1900-1910 (MS Thr 1854): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
October 1, 2018
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