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Hooker-Howe Company Papers

Creator:
Hooker-Howe Costume Company  Search this
Source:
Renaud, Claire  Search this
Former owner:
Renaud, Claire  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Advertisements
Black-and-white photographs
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1922-1938
Summary:
Archival materials documenting the Hooker-Howe Costume Company's (Haverhill, Massachusetts) business providing costumes, wigs, make-up, props and other items for minstrel shows and other amateur theater.
Content Description:
Archival materials documenting the Hooker-Howe Costume Company's (Haverhill, Massachusetts) business providing costumes, wigs, make-up, props and other items for minstrel shows and other amateur theater. The collection includes advertisements, catalogs, trade literature, photographs of actors in costume, placards intended for advertising current or upcoming shows.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The Hooker-Howe Costume Company was located in the Bradford District of Haverhill, Massachusetts. According to one of its catalogues it was createdstarted in 1905. The company was headed by Mr. C. E. Hooker and consisted of the reception room; a show room; the main office; several wardore departments; the alteration, cleansing and pressing room; and the shipping department. Hooker-Howe offered costumes in addition to other items such as sets. Merchandise was shipped all across the counrty.
Provenance:
Collection donated to the Archives Center in 2019 by Claire Renaud.
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:
Costumes  Search this
Minstrel shows  Search this
Theater  Search this
Theater -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements -- 20th century
Black-and-white photographs
Catalogs
Trade catalogs -- 20th century
Citation:
Hooker-Howe Company Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1475
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1475

Otto Lambert Grever and Grever family papers

Creator:
Grever, Otto Lambert, 1878-1936  Search this
Names:
H.C. Miner Lithographic Co.  Search this
Grever, Barbara Ann, 1928-  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1907-1991
Scope and Contents:
Eight pencil drawings by Grever; biographical and legal papers; printed material from the Kit Kat Club, 1907-1923, and the Salmagundi Club, 1929; membership books from the Poster Artists Association of America, 1912, 1915, and 1923; photograph albums and photographs; letters of condolence upon Grever's death; and correspondence of Grever's widow and daughter, Barbara Grever, mainly relating to their efforts in documenting Grever's work after his death.
Biographical / Historical:
Theatrical poster artist, lithographer; New York, N.Y. Grever was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 16, 1878. He studied art at the Cincinnati Art Academy under Frank Duveneck and Vincent Nowottny. He began his career in lithography in Cincinatti, eventually settling in New York City in 1904 and working for the H.C. Miner Lithographic Co. where he specialized in theatrical posters for 29 years.
Provenance:
Donated by Grever's daughter, Barbara Ann Grever, 1993-1994.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Theater -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Theatrical posters  Search this
Lithography  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.grevotto
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-grevotto

Charles Henry Caffin papers

Creator:
Caffin, Charles Henry, 1854-1918  Search this
Names:
Andreyev, Leonid, 1871-1919. Sorrows of Belgium  Search this
Corn, Wanda M.  Search this
Greet, Ben, Sir, 1857-1936  Search this
Kennedy, Charles Rann, 1871- Servant in the house  Search this
Layton, Donna Caffin  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Photographer:
Genthe, Arnold, 1869-1942  Search this
Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Date:
circa 1883-1973
bulk 1883-1918
Summary:
The scattered papers of art critic and writer Charles Henry Caffin measure 1.2 linear feet and date from circa 1883-1973, bulk circa 1883-1918. Found within the papers are an interview transcript, two letters, printed materials, one scrapbook, and family photographs dating from circa 1883 to circa 1911, many by noted photographers Arnold Genthe, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. The scrapbook contains Caffin's columns for the New York American, 1913-1915.
Scope and Content Note:
The scattered papers of art critic and writer Charles Henry Caffin measure 1.2 linear feet and date from circa 1883-1973. Found within the papers are an interview transcript, two letters, printed materials, one scrapbook, and family photographs dating from circa 1883 to circa 1911, many by noted photographers Arnold Genthe, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. The scrapbook contains Caffin's columns for the New York American, 1913-1915.

Biographical information includes an autograph book, and a transcript and written summary of a 1973 interview with Caffin's daughter, Donna Layton, conducted by Wanda Corn and Deborah Loft concerning Charles Henry Caffin. The two letters found within the papers are written to Caroline Caffin. Printed material consists of play announcements, a play written by Charles Rann Kennedy, and excerpts from a 1974 published book on photography mentioning Caffin.

Photographs are of the Caffin family, including Charles Henry, Caroline, Donna, Freda and Charles's mother Harlet. Also found are photographs of Ben Greet. Notable photographers include Arnold Genthe, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. There is one scrapbook containing Charles Henry Caffin's articles written for the New York American magazine from 1913-1915.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1915, 1973 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1920 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1908, circa 1920, 1973 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1883-circa 1910s (Box 1, 3-4; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1913-1915 (Box 2; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Charles Henry Caffin was born in 1854 in England. After graduating from Oxford University, Caffin served as stage manager for outdoor productions with Ben Greet and His Shakespearean Players. During this time, he met actress Caroline Scurfield, whom he later married and had two daughters, Freda and Donna. Caffin moved to United States in 1892 where he began to write about art, drama, and dance. He was an early supporter of the Photo-Secessionists and American modern art.

Initially, Caffin worked for several years executing murals from designs prepared by other artists for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the new Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, however, he began writing for Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Notes and later Camera Work. He moved to the New York City area and worked as a critic for the New York Evening Post, New York Sun, and later for the New York American. Caffin wrote many books about art, drama, and dance, including Photography as Fine Art (1901), American Masters of Painting (1902), How to Study Pictures (1905), and Art for Life's Sake (1913).

Charles Caffin died in 1918.
Provenance:
Donna Caffin Layton, daughter of Charles Caffin, donated most of the papers in 1974. Stephen D. Rockstroh, Caffin's son-in-law, donated additional material in 1985.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Theater -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk circa 1883-1918. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.caffchar
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Charles Henry Caffin papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-caffchar
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Otto Lambert Grever and Grever family papers, 1907-1991

Creator:
Grever, Otto Lambert, 1878-1936  Search this
Grever, Otto Lambert, 1878-1936  Search this
Subject:
Grever, Barbara Ann  Search this
H.C. Miner Lithographic Co.  Search this
Topic:
Theater -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Theatrical posters  Search this
Lithography  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6427
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215549
AAA_collcode_grevotto
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215549

Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918

Creator:
Caffin, Charles Henry, 1854-1918  Search this
Caffin, Charles Henry, 1854-1918  Search this
Subject:
Kennedy, Charles Rann, 1871- Servant in the house  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Layton, Donna Caffin  Search this
Genthe, Arnold  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
Andreyev, Leonid, 1871-1919. Sorrows of Belgium  Search this
Greet, Ben, Sir  Search this
Johnston, Frances Benjamin  Search this
Corn, Wanda M.  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Theater -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8566
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210745
AAA_collcode_caffchar
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210745
Online Media:

Westbrook Theatre Corporation Records

Creator:
Westbrook Theatre Corporation  Search this
Westbrook Theatre  Search this
Other:
Robinson, Verna Kimball, 1904-1988  Search this
Robinson, Colby W., 1900-1950  Search this
Colby Theatre -- 20th century  Search this
Hawkes, Philip, 1897-1962 -- 20th century  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1.5 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Fryeburg, Maine
Westbrook, Maine
Bingham, Maine
Date:
1934-1950, undated
bulk 1939-1942
Summary:
This collection contains the business records of the Westbrook Theatre Corporation of Westbrook, Maine. Records include the Colby, Rialto, and Knights of Pythias motion picture theatres in Bingham, Fryeburg, and elsewhere. The collection includes financial records, business correspondence, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
Series 1, Westbrook Theatre Corporation Records, 1934-1950, undated. This series contains ledgers, business-related correspondence and documents, monthly accounts detailing attendance, cost, revenue, and program for the three theatres managed by Westbrook; equipment advertising and specifications, licenses, receipts, documents related to various film exchanges and motion picture production companies (including Paramount, RKO, and Universal), union contracts, check books, a weekly report card book (a book of standardized forms for motion picture projectors produced by the International Photographers of the Motion Picture Industry, a branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)), and black and white photographs of the Colby Theatre in Bingham, Maine.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The Westbrook Theatre Corporation was formed July 30, 1934 in Westbrook, Maine. The president was Colby W. Robinson and Philip W. Hawkes was treasurer. There were 161 shares of stock divided among Robinson (eighty shares), Hawkes (eighty shares), and Marion Hawkes (one share). At its inception the corporation's stock was valued at ten dollars a share. The corporation ran the Colby Theatre in Bingham, the Rialto Theatre, and later rented the Knights of Pythias Hall in Fryeburg, Maine.

The Corporation was independent, not allied with or owned by one motion picture studio. Film rentals were handled through exchanges, and motion pictures produced by Paramount, RKO, and Universal (to name three producers) regularly appeared on its programs. Programs included such first run films as Citizen Kane, Young Man With a Horn, and The Howards of Virginia, motion pictures with well-known stars produced by the major studios. B pictures made up a considerable portion of the fare as well as motion picture serials such as the Blondie comedies, and Westerns. The meticulous recording of daily programs, attendance, and receipts as well as supporting documents provides an accurate basis for research into the daily life of an independently run motion picture theatre.

The papers indicate that day to day management and running of the theatres was the job of Robinson and his wife Verna. Later Verna's sister, Lucy, seems to have joined the business. With Robinson's death in 1950 it is unknown if the Corporation continued or was dissolved. Philip and Marion Hawkes rarely show up in the documents. The Hawkeses eventually moved to Southern California so perhaps that explains their absence from the records.

Colby W. Robinson was born in Bingham, Maine on November 16, 1900, the son of Walter E. Robinson and Nellie M. Preble. Robinson's father was a merchant. On October 21, 1925 Robinson married Verna L. Kimball, the daughter of Leon L. and Ruth Clifford Kimball. Verna's father was a farmer in Albany, Maine and Verna was born on February 28, 1904 in Albany. By the 1940 United States census, they were living in Portland, Maine along with Verna's younger sister Lucy. Robinson listed his occupation as theatre manager; Verna was listed as bookeeper, and Lucy was a theatre cashier. Robinson died in 1950, and it is unclear if the business continued past his death as the records in this collection cease in 1950. Verna died November 28, 1988. Both of them are buried in the village cemetery at Bingham, Maine. They had no children.

Phillip Hawkes, treasurer, was born in Westbrook, Maine on July 17, 1897 to E. Leroy and Maude Laura Hawkes. Leroy Hawkes was a laundryman. He married Marion A. Harlow on April 5, 1924. By the 1930 census, Hawkes is listed as a superintendent in a laundry. Hawkes died on September 21, 1962 and Marion died November 17, 1986. Both are buried at Forest Lawn Cypress Cemetery in Orange County, California.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, by Archives Center employee Craig A. Orr in 2013.
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:
Motion pictures -- History  Search this
Motion picture industry  Search this
Knights of Pythias  Search this
Theater -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Citation:
Westbrook Theatre Corporation Records, 1934-1950, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Westbrook Theatre Corporation Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1296
See more items in:
Westbrook Theatre Corporation Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1296

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