Blanche Kendall McKey photograph collection, 1865-1915  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Blanche Kendall McKey photograph collection
1865-1915 (inclusive)
44 photographs
Collection Number
The Blanche Kendall McKey photograph collection contains portraits of Blanche McKey, relatives, and friends. The collection also contains photographs of McKey performing in numerous roles in Salt Lake City, New York, and Chicago.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


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Eily Pierson donated these photographs to the University of Utah in December 1990. The collection is comprised of late nineteenth and twentieth century century photographs of Blanche Kendall McKey's acting parts as well as her husband, William Richard McKey, and her friends.

The majority of photographs show the actress in numerous costumes from plays she performed in Salt Lake City, New York and Chicago. A good multi-page biography, written by he daughter Eily Pierson, is in her manuscripts (Accession number 1184, Box 1 Folder 6) and relates the plays, parts and dates McKey played. Many of the photographs are platinum, most of them are framed and the collection as a whole is in excellent condition.

There are also some pictures that document the Barnacle Theater where McKey began her acting career. The oversize box, shared with P0359, has three photographs.

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Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

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Collection is arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Eily McKey Pierson in 1990.

Processing Note

Processed by Drew Ross in 1991.

Separated Materials

Manuscript materials were transferred to the Blanche Kendall McKey papers (MS 0626)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Blanche McKey, relatives, and friendsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Blanche Kendall Portraits
1900; 1909
1 2
Blanche Kendall in Ben-Hur
  • New York
1 3
Blanche Kendall in Eben Holden
  • New York
1 4
Blanche Kendall in Zalmona
  • Salt Lake City
1 5
Blanche Kendall in Miscellaneous Roles
  • As Desdemona in Othello, 1905-1906. As Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, 1906. The Bonnie Briar Bush, 1906-1907. All in New York. Corianton, Salt Lake City.
1 6
Blanche Kendall in Unidentified Roles
  • Photograph number 1: Salt Lake City
  • Photograph number 2: New York
1 7
Maude Adams Portraits
  • Photograph number 1: Ms. Adams as a child actress in costume
  • Photograph number 2: Formal portrait
1 8
Ralph Cloninger Portraits
  • Formal portraits
1914; 1915
1 9
Julia Dean Hayne Portraits
1 10
William Richard McKey Portrait
  • Mrs. McKey's husband in 'Pudd'n Head'
1 11
Group Photographs
  • Photograph number 1: Cast of 'Dream Faces' on Barnacle Theater stage
  • Photograph number 2: Old Theater Stock Company, portrait
1 12
The Barnacle Theater
  • Exterior and Interior views of "America's first little theater."
  • Photograph number 3: Cast of 'While the Cat's Away,' including Mrs. McKey.
1 13
The Social Hall
  • Exterior and Interior views
1 14
  • Photo number 1-25: digital only images

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Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 1
William Richard McKey, Mrs. Charles B. Hanford
  • Photograph number 1-2: Two large photographs of William Richard McKey mounted on same board-one photograph and one in costume as Eden Hoden.
  • Photograph number 3: Large portrait of Mrs. Charles B. Hanford

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Subject Terms

  • Actors--United States--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Adams, Maude, 1872-1953--Photographs
  • Hayne, Julia Dean--Photographs
  • McKey, Blanche Kendall--Photographs
  • McKey, William Richard--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints--1865-1915
  • Portrait photographs