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Edwin Booth autograph correspondence

Identifier: B66586
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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the call numbers Y.c.215 (1-534).

The collection consists of autograph letters from Edwin Booth to various recipients, with more than half addressed to William Winter (204-510; 534). Many letters are theater related, with discussions of Booth's American and European tours, theater management, and financial troubles. Booth also comments on the difficulties of a stage career, his troubled second marriage to Mary McVicker, and mixed coverage in the press. A number of letters concern Shakespeare, with mentions of Booth's restoration of Shakespeare's texts for Richard III and King Lear (42, 86, 135, 247, 256, 524) and collaborations on acting editions, first with Henry L. Hinton (118-125) and later with William Winter on The prompt book series.

The collection also includes a playbill for Booth's premiere in Richard III (93) and a ticket to his funeral, addressed to Adam Badeau (26).


  • 1858-1893


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


534.0 items


Letters from Edwin Booth to various recipients. A large portion of the letters (approximately 307 items) are addressed to theatre critic William Winter.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient, when known, and chronologically under each recipient.

Existence and Location of Copies

We are in the process of updating links in this finding aid. Until all links have been updated, please go to Autograph letters signed from Edwin Booth to various recipients, 1858-1893 to view digital images of select items.

Item Y.c.215 (534) available on Microfilm (FILM Fo. 121.16a). Item Y.c.215 (6a & b) available as digital reproduction in Luna (


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Edwin Booth autograph correspondence
Finding aid prepared by Nadia Seiler and Rebecca Hranj, 2011-2012; revised 2020
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  • 2020-05-06: Minor edits made to conform to ArchivesSpace model upon ingest.

Repository Details

Part of the Folger Shakespeare Library Repository

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