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COLLECTION Identifier: A-111

Papers of Elizabeth Smallwood Shields, 1883-1969


Biographical material, clippings, photographs, etc., of Elizabeth Smallwood Shields, actress and first southern woman to hold the position of press agent.


  • 1883-1969

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Smallwood Shields as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 1 oversize volume, 2 folio+ photograph folders)
Photographs and newspaper clippings re Elizabeth Smallwood Shields's career as an actress and as press agent for the St. Charles Orpheum Theatre, the first Southern woman to occupy such a position. Also, photographs and biographical material concerning her sister, Martha Smallwood Field "Catharine Cole," New Orleans news reporter and other members of the Shields family including Elizabeth Smallwood Shields' children and grandchildren.


An actress whose stage name was Bessie Bernard, and a press agent for the St. Charles Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, Elizabeth Smallwood Shields was the first southern woman to hold the position of press agent.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 378, 670, 763, 70-43, 1168

Gift of Elizabeth Shields Fourton (thru Brenda Canedy). Received November 1961, December 1963, June 1964, 1967, April 1970.


The following item has been removed from the collection and added to the book collection at Schlesinger Library:
  1. Field, Martha Reinhard (Smallwood). Catharine Cole's Book. Chicago, Way and Williams, 1897.
Shields, Elizabeth Smallwood, 1862-1932. Papers of Elizabeth Smallwood Shields, 1883-1969: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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