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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1907

Dolly Dumplin' vaudeville collection


Photographs, contracts, and other papers relating to vaudeville performer, Dolly Dumplin'.


  • 1920-1929

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Collection includes photographs of Dolly Dumplin' and of theater marquees, itineraries (also known as route sheets), contracts, fan mail, correspondence with vaudeville agents, receipts, clippings, and placards.

Biographical / Historical

Myrtle Greb of Freeport, New York (the family name sometimes appears as Grell), known in her act as Dolly Dumplin', began her theatrical career at the age of four. Her mother Olma was a vaudeville performer; her father Walter managed her career through the 1920s, Dolly's childhood and teenage years. She traveled extensively throughout the United States and into Canada. By the beginning of the 1930s, Dolly had become "Dolly Dalton, the Syncopatin' Songstress".


Arranged in 9 series:
  1. Photographs
  2. Vaudeville routines
  3. Itineraries
  4. Contracts
  5. Fan mail
  6. Clippings
  7. Placards and oversize advertising
  8. Correspondence with agents
  9. Music

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MT-102. Purchased from Marc Selvaggio, Bookseller, with funds from the Frank E. Chase Bequest, 2019 February.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2019.
Link to catalog
Dolly Dumplin' vaudeville collection, 1920-1929 (MS Thr 1907): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2019 February 20
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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