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Letters from William Winter to Elsie Leslie

Identifier: W56547

Scope and Content

This collection contains the call numbers Y.c.1825 (1-221).

This collection contains mostly letters written by William Winter to his daughter-in-law Elsie Leslie from 1898 to 1916. The letters display a close relationship between Winter and Leslie and often he refers to her as "Babine," "Babe," or "Pet." Most often he signs the letters, "Old Ga," but also uses "Ancient" and "Old Burro." The letters are written on various types of paper, including hotel stationery, yellow notebook paper, and blue half-sheets. Winter sometimes uses purple or black ink, but often uses pencil. Occasionally he includes additional materials with the letters, such as newspaper clippings and postcards. Many of the letters are accompanied by their original envelopes and are reliably dated, however many are not and simply contain the date in the form of month and day, or the day of the week. These letters have been given approximate dates based upon the content of the letter and/or other clues such as the type of stationery Winter was using at the time. The content of the letters is generally personal in nature and contains Winter's sentiments of endearment to Leslie. However there are also numerous mentions of theatrical performances in New York City, as well as the places where Leslie is traveling. There are also references to articles and books Winter had published and mentions of people he came in contact with or from whom he received letters.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1910-1915
  • 1898-1916 (bulk 1910-1915)



Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

William Winter (1836-1917) was a New York theater critic and Elsie Leslie (1881-1966) was an American actress married to Winter's son, William Jefferson Winter (1878-1929).


6.0 boxes (221 items)

Language of Materials



Contains mostly letters and copies of diary entries from William Winter to Elsie Leslie.


Arranged chronologically. Undated letters appear at the end of the finding aid, followed by copies of letters held in other repositories.

Other Finding Aids note

Part of the Robert Young collection relating to William Winter.

Acquisition Information

Collected by Robert Young, the great-grandson of William Winter, from various sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Folger Shakespeare Library staff.

Guide to the Letters from William Winter to Elsie Leslie, 1898-1916 (bulk 1910-1915) Folger MS Y.c.1825 (1-221)
Finding aid prepared by Folger Shakespeare Library Staff
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010: Converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl Revised 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Folger Shakespeare Library Repository

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