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Billy Lightelle Vaudeville Scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-3870

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one scrapbook, begun August 3, 1912, by Billy Lightelle, vaudeville performer, and contains receipts for payments for performances from around the United States; employment contracts from vaudeville circuit agencies, including the B. F. Keith Vaudeville Exchange, the Poli Circuit, and from Bernard Burke: Vaudeville Manager and Producer; plot synopses; photographs; newspaper clippings and programs regarding Lightelle’s own acts as well as other performers such as Dolly and Harry Parker, Billy Shirley, Bot Schafer, Professor Wheeler, Don Santos, and Baby Athlone; song lyrics and scripts; plot ideas and storylines; and two pieces of handwritten sheet music.

Dates

  • 1912 - 1928

Restrictions

None

Biographical / Historical

Billy Lightelle was a vaudeville performer whose act had many different versions during his career. He married Evelyn (Sue) Garner of Colonial Beach, Virginia, who immediately joined him on the vaudeville stage. Together they were billed as "Lightelle and Lightelle: America's Greatest Dancing and Singing Team," as well as "Garner and Lightelle: Singing and Dancing, and S-O-M-E Dancing At That."

Extent

0.05 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The collection contains one scrapbook with items collected by Lightelle, vaudeville performer, and contains receipts for payments for performances; employment contracts; photographs; programs; song lyrics and scripts; plot ideas and storylines; and two pieces of handwritten sheet music.

Provenance

unknown, 2008

Processing Information

Processed by Erin Schmidt, 2011
Title
Guide to the Billy Lightelle Vaudeville Scrapbook
Status
Completed
Date
March 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500