Billy Lightelle Vaudeville Scrapbook
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.
- 1912 - 1928
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."
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Language of Materials
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.
Processed by Erin Schmidt, 2011
- Guide to the Billy Lightelle Vaudeville Scrapbook
- March 2014
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