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Guide to the Billy Lightelle Vaudeville Scrapbook MSS.3870

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

March 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-31T13:52-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Billy Lightelle Vaudeville Scrapbook

Unit ID:

MSS.3870

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet

Dates:

1912-1928

Abstract:

The collection contains one scrapbook with items collected by Lightelle, vaudeville performer, and contains receipts for payments for performances; employment contracts; photographs; programs; song lyrics and scripts; plot ideas and storylines; and two pieces of handwritten sheet music.

Biographical/Historical note

Billy Lightelle was a vaudeville performer whose act had many different versions during his career. He married Evelyn (Sue) Garner of Colonial Beach, Virginia, who immediately joined him on the vaudeville stage. Together they were billed as "Lightelle and Lightelle: America's Greatest Dancing and Singing Team," as well as "Garner and Lightelle: Singing and Dancing, and S-O-M-E Dancing At That."

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains one scrapbook, begun August 3, 1912, by Billy Lightelle, vaudeville performer, and contains receipts for payments for performances from around the United States; employment contracts from vaudeville circuit agencies, including the B. F. Keith Vaudeville Exchange, the Poli Circuit, and from Bernard Burke: Vaudeville Manager and Producer; plot synopses; photographs; newspaper clippings and programs regarding Lightelle's own acts as well as other performers such as Dolly and Harry Parker, Billy Shirley, Bot Schafer, Professor Wheeler, Don Santos, and Baby Athlone; song lyrics and scripts; plot ideas and storylines; and two pieces of handwritten sheet music.

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

unknown, 2008

Preferred Citation:

Billy Lightelle Vaudeville Scrapbook, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Erin Schmidt, 2011

Source(s)

Music and Performing Arts (localbroad)

Popular Culture (localbroad)

Sports, Recreation and Leisure (localbroad)

Loose Items Found in Scrapbook Box SC0084 Folder 3870.01

Scrapbook Box SC0084 Folder 3870.02