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Harold Tedford Collection of Theatre Actor Photographs

Finding Aid & Inventory

The Collection of Theatre Actor Photographs of Harold Tedford, the retired Director of the Wake Forst University Theatre, includes card photographs, cartes de visite, stereographs, photographic postcards, and photographic prints. The subjects of the photographs are primarily theatre actors and actresses from circa 1860-1900.

Biographical and Historical Note

Harold Tedford was the Director of the Wake Forest Theatre from 1966-1998. After graduating from Ouachita University in Arkadelphia, AK with a major in theatre, Tedford continued his studies at the University of Arkansas where he earned his MA in Theatre, and at Louisiana State University where he completed his PhD work in Theatre. Tedford worked at Southwest Texas State University before moving to Winston-Salem, NC in 1965 to begin his career at Wake Forest University.

Collection Overview

The Harold Tedford Collection of Theatre Actor Photographs contains 159 photographs in multiple formats including: cabinet photographs, cartes de visite, stereographs, photographic postcards, and photographic prints. Primarily portraits of theatre actors and personalities, the photographs cover the time period circa 1860-1910. Although Boston and Chicago photographic studios are represented in the Collection, New York based photographer Napoleon Sarony is responsible for the majority of the photographs in the Tedford Collection. Portraits of major and minor stars are included in the collection, including famous names like: Augustin Daly, John Drew, Fanny Davenport, and Mr. and Mrs. Junius Brutus Booth.

These two boxes are primarily arranged alphabetically according to actor name, although some of the sequence is disrupted because of illegible names.

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Tedford, Harold
Title
Harold Tedford Collection of Theatre Actor Photographs
ID
MS580
Date [inclusive]
1860-1910
Extent
1.0 linear feet  159 photographs contained in two boxes, a small flip-top box and a photo shoe box. 5 Banker's boxes, 4 half letter boxes, 1 legal box
Mixed materials [Box]
2
Mixed materials [Box]
1

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives June 2010
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to research. 
Custodial History
The photographs were originally purchased and collected by Harold Tedford before becoming part of the ZSR Library collections. Harold Tedford purchased many of the photographs through ebay purchases from the years 1999-2003. 
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital copies of photographs are available. 
Preferred Citation
Harold Tedford Collection of Theatre Actor Photographs, MS 580, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic postcards--1900-1910

Subject(s)

  • Actors--New York (State)--New York--Portraits
  • Actors--Portraits
  • Actors--United States--Portraits
  • Actresses, American
  • Actresses--Portraits

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