- Baer, Leone Cass, b. 1886
- Leone Cass Baer photographs collection
- 1910-1923 (inclusive)19101923
- 1.8 cubic feet, (73 photographs in 1 document box and 9 oversize folders)
- Collection Number
- Org. Lot 367
- The collection consists primarily of autographed publicity portraits of music, theater, and movie personalities, given to Leone Cass Baer, ca. 1910-1921, when she was drama editor and critic for the Oregonian. A few are unsigned, including a photographic print on postcard stock of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Houdini, and a few are movie stills and scenes from theater productions.
- Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Leone Cass Baer (b.1886) was a drama critic, editor and feature writer for the Oregonian newspaper at Portland, Oregon, from about 1911 to 1920. She was born in Bloomfield, Iowa, to George Franklin and Catherine Beckley. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Baer attended the Chicago Art Institute. She moved to Portland and became the drama editor and critic for the theater section of the Oregonian. Quickly gaining a reputation for her impartial critiques of Portland stage events, Baer also became popular for her wit and clever comments. In 1919, she married Harve Wagner Hicks, who had moved from Chicago to Portland. Hicks worked for the Oregon-Washington Railway & Navigation Company and was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club. Leone Cass Baer lived in Portland for 18 years.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists primarily of autographed publicity portraits of music, theater, and movie personalities, given to Leone Cass Baer, ca. 1910-1921. A few are unsigned, including a photographic print on postcard stock of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Houdini and a few movie stills and scenes from theater productions.
In addition to Houdini, prominent performers whose autographed portraits are featured in the collection include Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Mary Pickford, Lillian Russell, Laurette Taylor, and Sophie Tucker, among many others. The collection includes several portraits of Julian Eltinge, one of the most prominent female impersonators of the 1910-1920 period.
Some autographs are dated; other dates listed are the dates the photographs were made. The photographers represented include many studios specializing in publicity portraits of performers throughout the United States.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.
Leone Cass Baer photographs collection, Org. Lot 367, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The photographs are arranged alphabetically by last names of the performers.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
|1/1||Baker, Mary Edgett||circa 1915|
|A/1||Barker, Corinne R.||1919|
|1/1||Buzzell, Eddie [Edward] and Ona Munson [Mrs. Eddie Buzzell]||circa 1915|
|A/1||Carson, Frances||April 1917|
|1/1||Cowl, Jane||circa 1915|
|B-1/1||Creel, Blanche Bates [children of]||circa 1915|
|1/2||A/2||Eltinge, Julian—in street clothes||1912, 1917|
|B-1/1||Eltinge, Julian—as a female impersonator||1918, undated|
|1/2||Evans, W.H.||circa 1915|
|B/1||Fairbanks, Douglas, Sr.||1920|
|1/2||Figman, Max and family (Lolita Robertson)||circa 1915|
|1/2||Forbes-Robertson, J. [Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson]||circa 1915|
|A/2||Foy, Eddie [Eddie Foy and the Seven Little Foys]||1913, 1915|
|1/2||Gable, Clark with Norman
|A/2||Gentle, Alice||circa 1915|
|1/2||Guinan, Texas||circa 1915|
|1/3||Hedman, Martha||circa 1915|
|1/3||Hickman, Nance O'Neil||circa 1915|
|A/3||Hite, Mabel||circa 1915|
|1/3||Horton, Edward Everett
Includes signed portrait and Horton with Lois Wilson in a scene from a stage production.
Includes autographed portrait and a postcard portrait with Mrs. Houdini.
|A/3||Howard, Eugene and William Howard||1915|
|A/3||Howard, Eugene and William Howard||1915|
|1/4||James, Louis||1910 February 7|
|1/4||Lackaye, Wilton||circa 1915|
|1/4||Loftus, Cecilia||circa 1915|
|B-1/2||Lloyd, Alice||circa 1915|
|A/4||Mantell, Robert B.||1910|
|A/4||Morton, Harry K.||1921|
|A/4||Munson, Ona||circa 1915|
|1/5||Muratore, L. [Lucien]||1914|
|1/5||Olcott, Margaret||circa 1915|
|1/5||Pangborn, Franklin J. [Franklyn]||1921|
|1/5||De Pasquali, Bernice||circa 1915|
|1/5||Powell, Maud||March 25, 1919|
|B-1/2||Rice, Fanny||circa 1915|
Composite with formal portrait and 8 portraits in costumes for roles played.
|1/6||A/5||Roland, Ruth||1917, 1922|
|1/6||Ruegger, Elsa||circa 1915|
|1/6||Russell, Lillian||circa 1915|
|A/5||Russell, Marie Booth||1910|
|A/6||Samuels, Rae||circa 1915|
|A/6||Sothern, E.H. [Edward Hugh]||1912|
|1/6||Steele, William||circa 1915|
|1/6||Stone, Fred||1923, undated|
|1/7||Taylor, Laurette||circa 1915|
Touring with "Mme. Sarah Bernhardt and Her Company."
|A/6||Terry, Ellen [Dame Ellen Terry]||1917|
|A/6||Vanderbilt, Gertrude||circa 1915|
|1/7||Walsh, Blanche||circa 1915|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Female impersonators--Photographs.
- Motion picture actors and actresses--Photographs.
- Musical theater--Photographs.
- Opera singers--Photographs.
- Eltinge, Julian, 1883-1941--Photographs.
- Fairbanks, Douglas, 1883-1939--Photographs.
- Gable, Clark, 1901-1960--Photographs.
- Houdini, Harry, 1874-1965--Photographs.
- Pickford, Mary, 1893-1979--Photographs.
- Russell, Lillian, 1861-1922--Photographs.
- Schumann-Heink, Ernestine, 1861-1936--Photographs.
- Taylor, Laurette, 1884-1946--Photographs.
- Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966--Photographs.
Form or Genre Terms
- Performing Arts
- Photographic prints.