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Macauley's Theatre collection

Identifier: 1980_020-PA

Content Description

Approximately 1500 photographs, handbills posters, various processes and sizes relating to the theatre and depicting many 19th and 20th century theatrical personalities. Many items autographed or annotated. Macauley's Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, was built by Bernard "Barney" Macauley in 1873 and operated after 1879 by his brother John. The lobby of the theater was decorated with hundreds of framed photographs of the actors and actresses who appeared there. When the theater closed in 1929, the photographs were donated to the University of Louisville and for many years hung in the University's Belknap Playhouse. Many of the photographs are autographed and inscribed with personal dedications to John Macauley. The collection includes portraits of Mary Anderson, Maude Adams, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, Lotta Crabtree, Joseph Jefferson, Lillie Langtry, Lillian Russell, and Helena Modjeska, as well as lesser-known actors. Photographers include Napolean Sarony, Jose Maria Mora, and Abraham Bogardus, as well as local photographers Charlton and W. L. Elrod, Edward Klauber, Stuber and Brothers, and the Royal and Ethel Standiford Studios.

Acquisition Type


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  • circa 1873-1925


1500 photographs (29 boxes, 4 binders, 209 items)