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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 2015

American vaudeville photograph collection

Overview

Vaudeville photographs of Nan and Myles Bell, Christine Jorgensen, and Anna May Wong.

Dates

  • 1930-1970

Language of Materials

English

Condition Description

Good.

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.

Extent

.3 linear feet (3 boxes)
The collection includes two binders of photographs, a playbill, and other items depicting vaudeville tours featuring the married couple, Myles Bell and Nan Bedini Bell; with material on Anna May Wong and Christine Jorgensen with whom the Bells toured.

Biographical / Historical

Myles and Nan (Bedini) Bell performed together beginning in the late 1920s, she a burlesque dancer and he a comedian. They toured with the USO during World War II, including a tour with actress Anna May Wong in 1944. After the war, the Bells were managed by Charlie Yates, Bob Hope's former agent, who arranged for them to perform with ex-G.I. and transgender pioneer Christine Jorgensen.

Arrangement

Collection is minimally processed.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2020MT-71. Purchased with funds from the Frank E. Chase Bequest, 2019 November.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2019 December.
Link to catalog
Title
American vaudeville photograph collection, 1930-1970 (MS Thr 2015): Guide
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Date
2019 December 11
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
EAD ID
hou03291

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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