University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Uncle Tom's Cabin:

A Preliminary Inventory of the Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Uncle Tom's Cabin
Title: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Collection
Dates: 1825-1946
Abstract: The bulk of the Uncle Tom’s Cabin collection consists of photographs, playbills, and programs documenting the earliest productions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (notably the premiere of George C. Howard’s 1852 acting version), and the stage personalities associated with the play, in particular George L. Fox, Charles K. Fox, Cordelia Howard, and Lotta Crabtree.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00122
Extent: 6 document boxes (2.52 linear feet), 8 oversize folders (osf)
Language: English and German
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

During the 19th century, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the best-selling book after the Bible. Due to the lack of copyright laws, numerous unauthorized stage adaptations were produced. Several scholars have suggested that significantly more people came to know of Uncle Tom’s Cabin from the stage than from reading the book. The first and most popular adaptation was written by George Aiken for George C. Howard’s touring company in which Aiken also acted.

The bulk of the Uncle Tom’s Cabin Collection consists of photographs, playbills, and programs documenting the earliest productions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (notably the premiere of George C. Howard’s 1852 acting version), and the stage personalities associated with the play, in particular George L. Fox, Charles K. Fox, Cordelia Howard, and Lotta Crabtree. Also present are clippings, correspondence, prints, posters, published acting editions, sheet music, and a songster. The collection is divided into two series: I. Photographs, and II. Other Materials, with materials arranged alphabetically or by format. .


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Related Material

Additional information regarding stage productions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin can be found in the papers of George C. Howard and Family. Programs relating to a WPA Theatre production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin can be found in the papers of James Purdy. Various printed editions of the book, scripts, and derivative works can be found in the Ransom Center’s book holdings which are searchable through the online catalogue


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 1956 (Albert Davis Collection)

Processed by:

Helen Baer, 1999; Valerie Burns, 2002; Eric Colleary and Grace Hansen, 2015


Container List

Series I. Photographs

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1.1 Aiken, Frank E.
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1.2 Aiken, George L.
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1.3 Barlow, Milt
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1.4 Belasco, David
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1.5 Brown, Inez
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1.6 Clark, John Sleeper
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1.7 Clark, N. B.
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1.8 Crabtree, Lotta
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1.9 Crosman, Henrietta
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1.10 Davenport, Mrs. A. H.
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1.11 De Angelis, Jefferson
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1.12 Duncan Sisters
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1.13 Ellsler, Effie
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1.14-15 Fernandez, Bijou
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1.16 Fisher, Perkins D., and May [Hillman?]
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1.17-19 Fox, Charles K.
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1.20 Fox, Emily
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1.21, 2.1-10 Fox, George L.
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2.11 French, Eva
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2.12 Germon, Green C.
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2.13 Gilbert, John
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2.14 Hackett, J. H.
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[Hillman?], May -- see Fisher, Perkins D.
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2.15-16 Howard, [Caroline Emily Fox]
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2.17-18 Howard, Cordelia
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2.19 Howard, George C.
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2.20 Jefferson, Joseph
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2.21 Jones, Mrs. W. G. (Julia A. Deane)
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2.22 Kunkel, George
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3.1 Lackaye, Wilton
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3.2 Lemoyne, William
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3.3 McVicker, J. H.
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3.4 Mellville, Rose
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3.5 Prior, Mrs. J[ames] J. (Louisa Young)
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3.6 Prior, Lula
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3.7 Raymond, Maude
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3.8 Rigl, Emily
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3.9 Roberts, Theodore
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3.10 Sanford, Sam
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3.11 Shannon, Effie
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3.12 Stone, Fred, and Eddie Stone
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3.13 Stowe, Harriet Beecher
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3.14 Sullivan, John L.
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3.15 Taliaferro, Mabel
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3.16 Tanguay, Eva
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3.17 Taylor, Laurette
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3.18 Templeton, Faye
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3.19 Thompson, Denman
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4.1 Thorne, Edwin F.
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4.2 Warren, William
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4.3 Webber, Carrie
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4.4 Yeamans, Jennie
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Young, Louisa -- see Prior, Mrs. J[ames] J.
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4.5 Composite photo album
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4.6 Unidentified, undated



Series II. Other Materials, 1825-1946

Subseries A. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1851-1946
Clippings
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5.1 1901-1946, undated
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5.2 1907-1915
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5.3 1927, The Deutsch-Amerika Illustrated Weekly
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5.4 The Theatre Magazine, undated
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5.5 1881-1936, undated
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osf 1 1901-1945, undated
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5.6 Correspondence and other manuscript items
Prints
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5.7 circa 1852-1855, undated
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osf 2 circa 1852-1855, undated
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5.8 Production photograph, undated
Programs and playbills
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5.9 1853-1869
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5.10 1870-1879
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5.11 1878
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5.12 1880-1898
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5.13 1901-1933
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osf 3 1851-1900, undated
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osf 4 1852-1900, undated
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osf 5 1853-1880, undated
Posters
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osf 6-7 undated
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osf 8 Posters and collage of mounted photographs, undated
Published items
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6.1 Special theatre edition
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6.2 Miss Kate Riddell’s Jubilee Songster
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6.3 Lacy’s acting edition
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6.4-5 Sheet music
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6.6 Miscellaneous
Subseries B. George L. Fox, 1825-1877
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6.7-10 Prints and photographs, 1825-1877, undated
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6.11 Programs and playbills, 1872-1873