Prior and Norris photograph and ephemera collection, 1886-1915  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Prior and Norris photograph and ephemera collection
Dates
1886-1915 (inclusive)
Quantity
223 photographic prints and 14 ephemeral items in 4 boxes
Collection Number
PH0583
Summary
Prior and Norris vaudeville troupe photographs and ephemera; also, other turn-of-the-century American vaudeville performers and stage productions.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Pat Prior and his wife/partner Effie May Norris formed the vaudeville team of the Priors and later, with their daughter as the third member, were known as the Prior Trio. The couple spent the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century touring around the United States performing on the vaudeville circuits.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

From its humble beginnings in the music hall and barroom shows of the mid 1800s, vaudeville, a collection of variety acts consisting of songs, dances, acrobatic, and other novelty performances, became one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the United States from the turn of the century until the 1930s. By 1919, there were reported to be more than 900 vaudeville theaters across the country, each playing as many as eight or nine acts per day. The industry employed thousands of individuals at any given time. For most of these performers, it was not any easy life. Poor pay, coupled with the pressures of itinerant life, produced an industry whose turnover rate was as high as 70% per year. Although the majority of these performers remained obscure, many successful comedians began their careers by playing the vaudeville circuits, including W.C. Fields, Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, and the Marx Brothers.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of three parts. The first component of the collection includes photographs and ephemera relating to the career of Pat Prior and Effie Norris, and documents their life on the road while performing on the American vaudeville circuits around the turn of the century. The second part includes photographs of vaudeville stage productions, the most significant being of Fanchon and Marco productions. The third part of the collection consists of photographs of primarily vaudeville performers and vaudeville acts of the late 1800s and early 1900, including Eddie Foy and "the world's greatest finger whistler." Many of these were friends of Prior and Norris. Also included are performer postcards, which were used for publicity.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Prior and Norris Vaudeville TroupeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
1/1 2
 Pat Prior and Effie Norris
Rembrandt Studio, Minneapolis (photographer)
1-2 3-5
1/2 6
 Effie Norris
Burdett Studio, 1925 1st Avenue, Seattle (photographer)
2 copies (1 oversized).
1899
1/2 7-8
 Effie Norris
Rembrandt Studio, Minneapolis (photographer)
1/3 9-11
1/3 12
1/4 13-14
1/5 15-16
1/5 17
 Daughter of Pat Prior and Effie Norris
The Superior, Allegheny, PA (photographer)
1/5 18
 Prior, Norris and daughter
The Superior, Allegheny, PA (photographer)
1/6 19
Coney Island Company theatrical ticket
Aug. 16-23, 1908
1/6 20
1/6 21
Pat Prior date book
1899-1900
1/6 22
Effie Norris bank calendar
1907
1/6 23
Effie Norris memorandum
1910-1912
1/6 24
Prior and Norris stationery
1/6 25
1/6 26
Malcolm-Prior Comedy Company flier
1/6 27
The Twice-a-Week Call, vol. 1, no. 30, Montgomery, WV
Mar. 5, 1901
1/6 28
1/6 29
1/6 30
1/6 31
"A Rustic Reception" comedy sketch
1/6 32

Theater Companies Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/7 33 1894
1/7 34

Fanchon and Marco ProductionsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder item
1/8 35-41
 Fanchon and Marco productions
Harry Wenger, L.A. (photographer)
1/8 42-45

Miscellaneous Stage Productions Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder item
1/9 46
1/9 47
 Vaudeville rifle act
Austin Studio, 6278 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA (photographer)
1/9 48
1/9 49

Actors/ActressesReturn to Top

Primarily vaudeville entertainers.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
2/1 50
 Maclyn Abernathy
Theo C. Marceau, 826 Market Street, Phelan Bldg., San Francisco, CA (photographer)
1894
2/1 51
 Grace Arnold
Baker Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
Aug. 23, 1910
2/1 52
2/2 53
 Frederick Bancroft
Falk, N.Y. (photographer)
2 copies.
2/2 54 1905
2/2 55 1900
2/3 56 Oct. 20, 1909
2/3 57
2/4 58
2/4 59
 W.J. Carleton
Elite, 838 Market Street, San Francisco, CA (photographer)
1886
2/4 60 1910
2/4 61
 Tommie and Josie Chase, Butte, MT
Elite Studio, Butte, MT (photographer)
Mar. 2, 1904
2/4 62 1903
2/5 63
 Frederick Conger
Ryder, 332 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY (photographer)
1889
2/5 64
 Augustus Cook
Marceau, 826 Market Street, San Francisco, CA (photographer)
Nov. 5, 1896
2/5 65 1903
2/5 66
 Corinne
Newboy (photographer)
1896
2/5 67
 Cora Youngblood Corson
Miller Studio, Peoria, IL (photographer)
Feb. 22, 1915
2/5 68 1900
2/5 69
 P. Henry Crosby
Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
1906
2/6 70
2/6 71
 Juliette De Grignan, Chicago, IL
Spamer & Spier Fine Photos, 2312 Third Avenue, New York, NY (photographer)
1888
2/6 72
 Fred De Nor, Chicago, IL
Mac Millan, Prophetstown (photographer)
1886
2/7 73
 John Donohue
Feinberg, 16 West 14th Street, New York, NY (photographer)
1891-1892
2/7 74
 Marget Drew
James Bushnell, Arcade Bldg. 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA (photographer)
2/7 75
 Robert Drociet
Baker, Columbus, OH (photographer)
Aug. 3, 1897
2/7 76
 Adele Farrington Dunn
Wynn & Burridge, Detroit, MI (photographer)
1887
2/8 77
 Grant and Gertie Du Vells
J.N. Krieg, Cincinnati, OH (photographer)
2/8 78
 Gertie Du Vells
J.N. Krieg, Cincinnati, OH (photographer)
2/8 79
 Grant Du Vells
J.N. Krieg, Cincinnati, OH (photographer)
2/9 80
2/9 81
 William Elmer
Martin, Chicago, IL (photographer)
2/9 82 Jan. 1905
2/10 83-84 1888-1889
2/11 85
 A. Field
Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
2/11 86 1901
2/11 87
2/11 88
2/12 89
 Eddie Foy
Robinson & Roe Company, Chicago, IL (photographer)
2/12 90
 Eddie Foy
Robinson & Roe Company, Chicago, IL (photographer)
4/2 91
 Eddie Foy and Pat Prior
Harrison, Chicago, IL (photographer)
2/13 92
2/13 93
 Mr. and Mrs. E. Girard
Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
1900
2/13 94
 S.S. Goodwin, Chicago, IL
Alex Holmes, St. Paul, MN (photographer)
Summer, 1887
2/13 95
Irene and George Gracy
1887
2/13 96
 "The world's greatest finger whistler"
Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
Dec. 17, 1896
2/14 97
2/14 98
2/15 99
 Lee Harrison
Hall (photographer)
1906
2/16 100-101
 Baby Lillie Havre, St. Paul, MN
Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
1900
2/17 102 May 2, 1902
2/17 103
Jessie Herford
2/18 104
Bob and May Hewlet
2/19 105
 Charles H. Hopper
Falk (photographer)
1900
2/19 106 1904
2/20 107
 Izetta Jewell
[Davies?] (photographer)
Mar. 21, 1908
2/20 108
 Frank Jones, St. Paul, MN
Elite-Jones & Lotz, San Francisco, CA (photographer)
1900
2/21 109 1898
2/21 110 1900
2/21 111
 Jake Kilrain
Frank Wendt, Boonton, NJ (photographer)
2/22 112
2/22 113 1887
2/22 114a
Bessie King publicity postcard
Based on #114b.
2/22 115a
4/3 114b
 Bessie King
Post, Denver, CO (photographer)
4/3 115b
Bessie King as "Black Patti"
Post, Denver, CO (photographer)
4/3 116
 Bessie King
Post, Denver, CO (photographer)
1898
4/3 117
 Bessie King
Post, Denver, CO (photographer)
2/23 118
2/23 119
 La Reno, "aerial novelty contortionist"
De Haven, Chicago, IL (photographer)
2/23 120
 Lillian Lawrence, St. Paul, MN
Elite-Jones & Lotz, San Francisco, CA (photographer)
1887
2/24 121 1903
2/24 122-123
2/25 124-125
2/25 126
 Henry Leving, St. Paul, MN
Thayer, Austin, IL (photographer)
1886
2/26 127
 [Illegible] Lewis
Johnson, Salt Lake, UT (photographer)
2/26 128
2/27 129-131
 Fashion photographs
Libby (photographer)
1904
2/28 132
 Lolita Mather, Billings, MT
Britain, Kalispell, MT (photographer)
Nov. 21, 1903
2/28 133
 O.B. Mayer
J.C. Walker, Woodstock (photographer)
Apr. 1896
2/28 134
 McIntyre and Heath
Bushnell, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Portland (photographer)
2/28 135 1908
2/28 136
 Phil McFarland
Elite, San Francisco, CA (photographer)
2/28 137 1906
2/28 138
 Laura Millard, St. Paul, MN
Stein, Milwaukee, WI (photographer)
1889
2/29 139
 Mary Molloy
Arax Photo Studios, Pittsfield, MA; Albany, NY; Poughkeepsie, NY; Syracuse, NY; Schenectady, NY; North Adams, MA (photographer)
2/29 140 1900
2/29 141
2/29 142
 George Morton, Chicago, IL
Jos. Kirsch (photographer)
Summer, 1894
2/30 143 1900
2/30 144 1900
2/31 145
2/31 146
 The Murry Twins
Scholl Theatrical Photographer, Chicago, IL (photographer)
2/32 147
2/32 148 1903
4/4 149
 Aileen Nichols
Tippet, Billings, MT (photographer)
2/32 150
 Nellie Nichols
White (photographer)
Mar. 1910
2/32 151
 Jennie Norelli
Rood, Chicago, IL (photographer)
Sept. 1911
2/33 152
2/33 153 1888
2/33 154 1902
2/34 155
2/34 156
2/34 157
 Frank Pereze
2 copies.
2/34 158
 Annie Pixley
Campbell, New York, NY (photographer)
3/1 159
3/1 160
 Roland Reed
[Kor?], San Francisco, CA (photographer)
1894
3/1 161
 Charles Renwick
Shepherd Photo Company, St. Paul, MN (photographer)
3/2 162 Apr. 19, 1901
3/2 163
3/3 164-165
3/3 166
3/3 167
 Pug Reynolds, Owensboro, KY
Fite's, Owensboro, KY (photographer)
Jan. 1902
3/3 168
 Pug Reynolds and Feldman
Fite's, Owensboro, KY (photographer)
3/3 169
3/4 170
 Rhea as "Nell Gwynne"
Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
3/4 171
3/4 172
3/5 173-174
3/5 175
4/5 176 Summer, 1905
3/6 177
Isadore Rush, Chicago, IL
Summer, 1888
3/7 178
 Alexander Salvini
[Billsmeth?], Denver, CO (photographer)
1900
3/7 179
 The Schmaltzs
Feinberg, New York, NY (photographer)
Nov. 10, 1895
3/7 180
3/8 181
Carrie Scott, St. Paul, MN
1900
3/8 182
3/9 183
 Cheridah Simpson, St. Paul, MN
San Francisco, CA
May 1, 1887
3/9 184
 Arthur Stanford, Kansas City, MO
Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
Jan. 19, 1897
3/9 185
4/6 186
4/6 187
 Harry Steele
Peterson, New York, NY (photographer)
3/10 188
3/10 189
3/11 190
 The Venetian Lady Troubadours
Schumacher Photo, Los Angeles, CA (photographer)
3/11 191 ca. 1902
3/12 192
 Walter Walker
Klein & Guttenstein, Milwaukee, WI (photographer)
3/12 193
 Affie Warner
Martin, Chicago, IL (photographer)
1893-1894
3/12 194
 May V. Warren
Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, OH (photographer)
3/12 195
 Frank Weston
[Hans?], San Francisco, CA (photographer)
1913
3/13 196
 Frank H. While
R. Pennie Smith, Newark, NJ; Asbury Park, NJ (photographer)
3/13 197
 George W. Wilson as "Uncle Josh"
Elite, San Francisco, CA (photographer)
1888
3/13 198
 Julius P. Witmark, St. Paul, MN
Loveday & Von der Heide, Chicago, IL (photographer)
Dec. 13, 1894
3/14 199-200
3/15 201-211
3/16 212-227
4/7 228
3/17 229-237

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Actors--Photographs
  • Actresses--Photographs
  • Burlesque (Theater)--United States
  • Comedians--Photographs
  • Dancers--Photographs
  • Entertainers--United States--Photographs
  • Ethnic groups--Caricatures and cartoons
  • Irish Americans--Caricatures and cartoons
  • Singers--Photographs
  • Theatrical productions
  • Vaudeville--United States
  • Women entertainers--United States--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Foy, Eddie, 1856-1928--Photographs
  • King, Bessie--Photographs
  • Norris, Effie May--Photographs
  • Prior, Pat--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Fanchon & Marco--Photographs
  • Prior Trio--Photographs
  • Priors (Vaudeville team)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Postcards
  • Printed ephemera
  • Publicity photographs