University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Florenz Ziegfeld:

A Preliminary Inventory of the Photograph Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Ziegfeld, Florenz, 1867-1932
Title: Florence Ziegfeld Photograph Collection
Dates: 1888-1975 (bulk 1907-1936)
Abstract: The Florenz Ziegfeld Photograph Collection documents the history of the Ziegfeld Follies and Midnight Frolics, revues and musical comedies through production photographs and portrait and stage photographs of showgirls and actors. The collection also includes a small amount of other materials, including photographs, clippings, and programs formerly located in the Florenz Ziegfeld Biographical File.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00121
Extent: 11 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder (7.5 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

Florenz Ziegfeld entered show business promoting the vaudeville strongman Eugene Sandow. He met his future wife Anna Held in Europe in 1896 and presented her in several musicals in New York. By 1905 he was producing musical comedies for the theatrical booking monopoly the Syndicate. In 1907 he launched the Follies (later renamed the Ziegfeld Follies), a revue with glamorous showgirls and some of the best performers of the day. The Follies featured or made famous Fannie Brice, Bert Williams, Nora Bayes, Ed Wynn, W. C. Fields, Mary Eaton, Will Rogers, and others. It ran in annual installments until Ziegfeld's death in 1932. Ziegfeld also produced the revues the Midnight Frolic and Nine O'Clock Revue, as well as numerous musical comedies, notably Show Boat and Sally. He divorced Held and married Billie Burke, with whom he had a daughter. After Ziegfeld's death, Burke presented the 1933 and 1936 editions of the Follies.

The Florenz Ziegfeld Photograph Collection documents the history of the Ziegfeld Follies and Midnight Frolics, revues and musical comedies through production photographs and portrait and stage photographs of showgirls and actors. The collection also includes a small amount of other materials, including advertisements, playbills, programs, souvenir programs, clippings from newspapers and magazines, sheet music and some miscellaneous items such as tickets and an original caricature.

The material is arranged in two series: I. Productions (arranged by type, then chronologically) and II. Performers (arranged alphabetically). Series II. includes materials removed from the Theater Biography Collection (known as the "Bio File").


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Related Material

The Florenz Ziegfeld Collection in the Performing Arts Collection at the Harry Ransom Center contains additional materials related to Florenz Ziegfeld and the Ziegfeld musical revues, including additional personal and production photographs.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Assembled by Performing Arts staff, primarily from the Albert Davis Collection.

Processed by:

Suzy Nones, 2001; Ancelyn Krivak, 2009; Helen Baer, 2012


Container List

Series I. Productions

Revues
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12.1 Follies of 1907. Program
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1.1 Follies of 1908. Clipping
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1.2 Follies of 1910. Photos
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1.3-4 Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1916). Photos
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12.2 Follies of 1917. Program
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12.3-4 Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1917). Photos
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12.5 Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1918). Photo
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1.5 Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1919). Photo
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1.6 Ziegfeld Follies of 1920. Photos, invitation
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1.7 Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1920). Photo
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1.8 Famous Beauties, 1920-1921. Photo
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12.6 Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1921). Announcement
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1.9; 12.7 Ziegfeld Follies of 1922. Photos
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12.8 Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1922). Photo
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1.10 Ziegfeld Follies of 1925. Photos
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12.9-10 Ziegfeld Follies of 1926. Mlle. Bluebeard photos
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1.11 No Foolin', 1926. Photos
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1.12 Ziegfeld Follies of 1931. Photos
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1.13 Ziegfeld Follies of 1934. Photo
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1.14 Ziegfeld Follies at Winter Garden, 1957. Programs
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1.15 Cocoanut Grove, undated. Photos
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1.16 Palm Beach Nights, undated. Photo
Fully Staged Productions
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2.1-10, 3.1-2 Annie Dear. Photos
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3.3 Betsy. Photos, clipping
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3.4 Hot Cha. Photos
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3.5; 12.11 Kid Boots. Photos
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3.6 Rio Rita. Photos
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3.7; 12.12 Sally. Photos
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3.8 Simple Simon. Photos
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3.9-10 Three Musketeers. Photos
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3.11 Whoopee. Photos, program
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flat file 1 Ziegfeld Follies of the Air, undated. Poster
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3.12 Unidentified productions / groups. Photos
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3.13 Unidentified set. Photo



Series II. Performers

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4.1 Allen, Ethel. Photo, undated
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4.2 Allison, Norma. Photo, undated
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4.3 Athenas, The. Photos, 1921, 1923
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4.4 Audree, Jean. Photos, undated
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4.5 Baron, Lenore. Photo, undated
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4.6 Bayley, Andre. Photo, undated
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12.13 Bender, Marion. Photo, undated
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4.7 Beri, Beth. Photo, undated
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4.8 Boatwright, Dixie. Photo, undated
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4.9-12 Brice, Fanny. Photos, undated
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4.13 Burgess, Joan. Photos, undated
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4.14-18; 13.1 Cantor, Eddie. Photos, clippings, programs, sheet music
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5.1 Chadwick, Ida May. Photos, undated
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5.2 Chevalier, Maurice. Photos, undated
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5.3 Clark, Catherine. Photos, undated
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5.4; 13.2 Clasper, Edith. Photos, undated
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5.5 Cleveland, Phyllis. Photo, [1924]
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5.6 Coburn, Gladys. Photos, [1924], undated
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13.3 Compton, Betty. Photo, undated
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5.7 Conner, Thelma, and Velma Conner. Photos, undated
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5.8 Cook, Joe. Photo, undated
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5.9 Crane, Florence. Photo, undated
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5.10 Cross, Wellington. Photos, undated
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13.4 Darby, Myrna. Photo, undated
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5.11 Davies, Margarette. Photo, 1923
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5.12 Davies, Marion. Photo, undated
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5.13 Dawe, Rita. Photo, undated
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12.14 De Reimer, Ruby. Photo, undated
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5.14 Deslys, Gaby. Photos, undated
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5.15 Dewitt, Daisy. Photos, undated
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5.16 Dolly Sisters (Rosy and Yancsi). Photo, 1916
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5.17 Dolores. Photos, undated; clipping, 1975
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5.18 Dooley, Ray. Photo, undated
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12.15 Dorsey, Fifi. Photo, undated
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5.19 Duval, Paulette. Photos, undated
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13.5 Eaton Family. Photo, undated
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12.16 English, Kay. Photo, undated
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5.20 Errol, Leon. Photos, undated
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5.21-22 Etting, Ruth. Photos, undated
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5.23 Fallows, Ruth. Photo, [1925]
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13.6 Falls, Gertie. Photo, undated
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5.24 Flood, Dorothy. Photos, undated
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13.7 Floradora Girls. Photo, undated
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13.8 Fontaine, Josephine. Photo, undated
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12.17 Forbes, Hazel. Photo, undated
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5.25 French, Edna. Photo, 1921
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5.26 Frey, Katherine. Photos, 1922-1925, undated
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6.1 Garden, Helen. Photos, undated
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6.2 Garst, Betty. Photo, undated
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6.3 Gordon, Deana. Photo, undated
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6.4 Granville, Bernard. Photos, undated
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6.5 Graves, Dorothy. Photo, undated
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6.6-9 Gray, Gilda. Photos, 1922, undated; clipping, undated
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6.10-11 Green, Marion. Photos, [1924], undated
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6.12 Green, Peggy. Photos, undated
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6.13 Griffith, Eleanor. Photos, undated
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6.14 Hackett, Janette. Photos, undated
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6.15 Hale, Betty. Photo, undated
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6.16 Hallor, Ethel. Photo, undated
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6.17 Hamilton, Elsie. Photo, undated
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6.18 Hamilton, Gertrude. Photo, undated
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6.19 Hegeman, Alice. Photo, undated
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6.20 Held, Anna. Photos, [1904], undated
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6.21 Henderson, Bebe. Photo, undated
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6.22 Herendeen, Helen. Photos, [1925], undated
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6.23 Hermes, Helen. Photos, undated
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13.9 Hoey, Evelyn. Photo, undated
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6.24 Honey, Miss. Photos, undated
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6.25 Horan, Mary. Photo, undated
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6.26 Howard, Meredith. Photos, undated
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6.27 Howden, Frances. Photos, 1922
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7.1 Irving, Margaret. Photo, undated
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7.2 Janis, Vivian. Photo, undated
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7.3 Jarascova, Nina. Photo, undated
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7.4 Jarboe, Maryland. Photos, undated
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7.5 Johnston, May. Photo, undated
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7.6 Keefe, Zena. Photo, undated
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7.7 Kelo Bros. Photo, undated
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7.8 Kennedy, Flo. Photo, undated
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7.9 Kingdom, Frank. Photos, [1924]
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7.10 Kingsley, Sylvia. Photo, 1922
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7.11 Klemer, Dorothy. Photos, undated
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7.12 Lampel, Adrienne. Photo, [1926]
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7.13 Landeau, Rene. Photo, undated
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7.14 Landers, Hazel. Photos, [1927]
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7.15 Lanier, Camille. Photo, undated
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7.16 Laria, Mignon. Photo, 1919
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7.17 Laurel, Kay. Photo, undated
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7.18 Law, Evelyn. Photos, undated
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7.19 Le Breton, Flora. Photos, undated
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7.20 Lewis, Hazel. Photo, 1912
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7.21 Littlefield, Catherine. Photo, undated
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7.22 Loftus, Gladys. Photo, undated
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7.23 MacDonald, Gertrude. Photos, [1924]
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7.24 MacFadden, Helen. Photos, undated
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7.25 Marlowe, Babe. Photo, undated
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7.26 Marshall, Viola. Photo, undated
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7.27 Marston, Rosemary. Photos, undated
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7.28 Martin, Eleanor. Photos, undated
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13.10 Martin, Vilian. Photo, undated
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7.29 Maule-Cole, Cecile. Photo, [1924]
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12.18 May, Ada. Photo, undated
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7.30 Mayer, Nellie. Photo, [1930]
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7.31 McKee, Margaret. Photo, [1924]
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7.32 McMahon, Gertrude. Photo, [1926]
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7.33 Meredith, Ann. Photo, undated
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7.34 Merritt, Madge. Photo, 1921
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7.35 Milburn, Mary. Photos, undated
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7.36 Miller, Edie. Photo, undated
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7.37-9 Miller, Marilyn. Photos, undated; program, 1916
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7.40 Millman, Bird. Photos, undated
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13.11 Minter, Mary Miles. Photo, undated
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7.41 Mitchell, Geneva. Photos, undated
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7.42 Mitty, Germaine. Photos, 1920-1925
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8.1 Monroe, Lucy. Photos, undated
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8.2 Moody, Gertrude. Photos, undated
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8.3 Moore, Victor. Photos, undated
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8.4 Moreno, Hilda. Photos, 1921-1922
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8.5 Morgan, Helen. Photo, 1927
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8.6 Morris, Elida. Photos, undated
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8.7 Morris, Margaret. Photos, undated
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8.8 Mullane, Kathleen. Photos, undated
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8.9-10 Murray, Mae. Photos, 1907, undated
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8.11 Nolan, Mary. Photo, undated
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8.12 Norman, Karyl. Photo, undated
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8.13 Patterson, Anne Lee. Photos, 1931
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13.12 Pennington, Ann. Photo, undated
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8.14 Perry, Katharine. Photos, undated
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8.15 Peterson, Marjorie. Photos, [1924], undated
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8.16 Phane, Theo. Photos, undated
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8.17 Powers, Beatrice. Photo, undated
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8.18 Puck and White. Photos, undated
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8.19 Ramus, Ann. Photos, [1925]
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8.20 Ray, Polly. Photo, [1930]
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8.21 Rice, Anita. Photo, undated
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8.22; 13.13 Rogers, Will with Ann Pennington. Photos, 1917, undated
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8.23 Rose, Amelia. Photos, undated
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8.24 Ross, Julia. Photos, undated
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8.25 Rush, Loretta. Photo, undated
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8.26 Saint, Miriam. Photos, undated
Sandow & Co.--see Ziegfeld, Florenz
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8.27 Sari, Lari. Photo, undated
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8.28 Satchell, Blanche. Photo, undated
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8.29 Savage, Nellie. Photo, undated
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8.30 Saxon, Marie. Photo, undated
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8.31 Schlesinger, Martha. Photos, 1921
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8.32 Schubert, Irma. Photo, 1924
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8.33 Scott, Ella. Photo, undated
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8.34 Seymour, Ann. Photos, undated
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8.35 Shaler, Eleanor. Photos, undated
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8.36 Sharlow, Myrna. Photos, undated
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8.37 Sheldon, Helen. Photos, 1925
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9.1 Smith, Barbara. Photo, 1932
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9.2 Smith, Lucy Day. Photos, 1921
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9.3 Spencer, Edith. Photo, undated
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9.4 Spencer, Helen. Photo, undated
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9.5 Stone, Helen. Photo, undated
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9.6 Stone, Janet. Photos, undated
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9.7 Stone, Marmion. Photos, undated
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9.8 Storm, Joan. Photos, 1923
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9.9 Stout, Catherine. Photos, undated
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9.10 Stryker, Muriel. Photo, undated
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9.11 Sutcliffe Sisters. Photos, undated
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9.12 Suter, Ann. Photos, undated
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9.13 Swayne, Alice. Photos, undated
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9.14 Swinburne, Ann. Photos, undated
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9.15 Swor, Mabelle. Photos, undated
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9.16 Taylor, Billy. Photo, undated
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9.17 Tennyson, Jean. Photo, undated
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9.18-9 Thomas, Olive. Photos, 1917, undated
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9.20 Thoreau, Myrtle. Photo, 1921
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9.21 Truex, Ernest. Photos, 1921
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9.22 Turner, Marcella. Photo, undated
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9.23 Vadie, Maryon. Photo, undated
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13.15 Van and Schank. Photo, undated
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9.24 Velez and Yolanda. Photo, [1932]
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9.25 Velez, Lupe. Photos, undated
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9.26 Vernon, Shirley. Photos, undated
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9.27-8 Vokes, May. Photos, [1924], undated
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10.1 Volk, Marion. Photos, [1932], undated
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10.2 Wagner, Wilhelmina. Photos, undated
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10.3 Wallace, Rosemary. Photos, undated
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10.4 Watson, Bobby. Photos, [1924], undated
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10.5 Wayne, Nondas. Photo, undated
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10.6 Wheaton, Anne. Photos, undated
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10.7 White, Frances with William Rock. Photos, undated; magazine cover, 1917
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10.8 White, Laura. Photos, undated
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13.16 Whiteman, Paul. Photo, undated
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10.9; 13.17 Whitford, Annabelle. Photos, 1908
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10.10 Williams, Dorothy Mae. Photo, undated
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10.11 Wilson, Vivian. Photo, undated
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10.12 Worth, Allison. Photo, undated
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10.13 Yoder, Jean. Photo, undated
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10.14 Young, Carol. Photo, undated
Ziegfeld, Florenz
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10.15 Photo, undated
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10.16 Ziegfeld memorial, Loew's Theatre. Photo, 1934
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10.17 Ziegfeld Songs. Photo montage by Robert Baral [assorted sheet music covers], undated
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13.14 Photo (with Sandow & Co.), 1888
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12.19 Ziegfeld Officer Chorus. Caricature by Jack Waverly, 1919
Unidentified individuals. Photos (arranged by photographer)
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10.18 Apeda
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10.19 Ball, Russell
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10.20 Bertram Studios
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10.21 Chidnoff, Irving
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10.22 Connelly, James Hargis
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10.23 DeBarron Studios
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10.24 DeMirjian Studios
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10.25-26 Hall
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10.27 Hesser, Edwin Bower
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10.28, 14 Johnston, Alfred Cheney
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10.29 Kesslere, G. Maillard
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10.30-3 Mitchell
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10.32 Peyton, Strauss?
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10.33 Parry
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10.34 Roberts
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10.35-39 White Studio
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11.1 Unidentified photographer
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11.2 Big Five. Photos
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11.3 Unidentified groups. Photos
Former Bio File Materials
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11.4 A.-5p.-5. Ziegfeld Girl's "Pledge." Photos
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11.5 A.-5p.-6. Ziegfeld Girls with Commissionr. Photos
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11.6 A.-5p.-7. Late Ziegfeld Girls. Photos
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12-13 Oversize materials