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Creator:
Boudini, Phil  Search this
Boudini Brothers  Search this
Boudini, Dan, 1891-  Search this
Names:
Orpheum Circuit  Search this
Bernard, Adele  Search this
Extent:
1.25 Cubic feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Business records
Advertisements
Periodicals
Contracts
Postcards
Sheet music
Programs
Scores
Magazines (periodicals)
Telegrams
Music
Scrip
Date:
1909-1928
Scope and Contents:
The papers document the Boudini Brothers Vaudeville act. They include letters, postcards and telegrams, mostly of a business nature (such as relating to bookings); business papers including contracts and papers relating to expenses; photographs of the family and of the act; programs; scores and sheet music; music manuscripts; advertisements for appearances; magazines; periodicals; clippings and articles; calendars; scrip; and miscellaneous.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Phil and Dan Boudini (original names: Filippo and Domenico D'Agostino) were accordionists. Phil was born in Ireland, Dan in Italy. As children, they and their parents moved to Paris. After an apprenticeship, Dan worked in an accordion store. After immigrating to America, they appeared as a vaudeville act during the 1910s and 1920s, performing on the Orpheum Circuit. Initially, the act was called the Boudini Brothers. Their agent was also Harry Houdini's agent and suggested that they adopt the similar name. Phil left the act in 1917, and Dan Boudini's wife, Adele Bernard, joined the act. That act ended in 1928 and Dan and Adele lived the rest of their lives in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Provenance:
Division of Culture and the Arts.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Accordion  Search this
Accordionists  Search this
Accordion music  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Business records
Advertisements
Periodicals
Contracts
Postcards
Sheet music
Programs
Scores
Magazines (periodicals)
Telegrams
Music -- Manuscripts
Scrip
Citation:
Boudini Brothers Vaudeville Collection, 1909-1928, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1426
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1426