MS 3099, Hambleton Theatrical Collection, 1790-1941

Finding Aid to the Hambleton Theatrical Collection, MS 3099

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Hambleton Theatrical Collection

Creator

Hambleton, T. Edward.

Call number

MS 3099

Inclusive dates

1790-1941

Bulk dates

1870-1940

Extent

11 boxes. 11 oversize. 3 ½ linear feet.

Abstract

Series I: Theater programs, schedules, and other related ephemera. Series II: Peale Museum exhibit materials, including notes and captions. Series III: Theatre-Royal title pages and lithographs. Series IV-IVa: Copies and manuscripts of plays. Oversized: Large theater ephemera items.

Administrative summary

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Unknown.

Accession number

Unknown.

Processing note

Lara Westwood processed and created the finding aid for this collection in 2012.

Historical Note

The Hambleton Theatrical collection documents theater across the ages with a focus on Baltimore-area productions and playhouses. The material, originally held by the Peale Museum, appears to have been donated by T. Edward Hambleton, a prominent Broadway producer and avid theater-goer, who grew up in Baltimore (Md.). The Peale Museum used these items to build an exhibit on the history of theater from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s, especially in Baltimore. The notes of which are also a part of the collection.

The collection primarily holds ephemera, such as playbills, tickets, and advertisements, from many important Baltimore theaters. The materials included showcase the variety of productions staged in the city from elaborate productions at Ford’s Grand Opera House, amateur performances of the Paint and Powder Club, and events held at the Baltimore Stadium. A variety of plays were collected along with this material. Some contain notes from the actors or directors that may have performed them. Also included are lithographs and title pages from the plays adapted for performance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, England, published by John Bell. Bell printed multiple works meant for popular consumption on famous British poets, playwrights, and authors, including The Poets of Great Britain Complete from Chaucer to Churchill and The British Theatre series. 

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into series based on content.  Series I contains theater-related ephemera, such as programs, playbills, and schedules. The folders are organized alphabetically by theater, performance location, performance group, or production group. Within the folders, the materials are ordered chronologically when the origin date could be indentified. Items from this series too large to be housed in the boxes are noted as oversized. Series II is the exhibition material on theater in Baltimore (Md.) and abroad from the Peale Museum. The items, such as captions and notes, are grouped into folders based on content. Series III holds title pages and lithographs of plays and operas performed at the Theatre-Royal, Drury Lane in London, and are ordered by date and alphabetically by title. The lithograph is filed with the corresponding title page if available. Series IV includes copies of plays and manuscripts of plays are organized alphabetically by playwright and work title.

Note that photographs associated with this collection have been removed to PP271, the Hambleton Theatrical Photograph collection.

Container List

Contents                     

Description

Span Dates

Folder

Box

Series I: Theater Ephemera

 

 

 

 

Academy of Music

 

Undated-1900

1

1

Academy of Music

 

1905-1908

2

1

Academy of Music

 

1909-1910

3

1

Albaugh’s Lyceum Theatre

 

1881-1894

4

1

Albaugh’s Lyceum Theatre

 

1894-1910

5

1

Auditorium Theatre

 

1908-1924

6

1

Bach Club

 

1938-1941

7

1

Baltimore Histrionic Association!

 

1851-1852

8

1

Baltimore Museum of Art

 

Undated-1940

9

1

The Baltimore Music Club

 

1938-1940

10

1

Baltimore Stadium

 

1940-1941

11

1

Cadoa Hall

 

1939-1940

12

1

Catherine Hooper Hall (Goucher College)

 

1940

13

1

Concordia Opera House

 

1871-1878

14

1

Constitution Hall

 

1939-1940

15

1

Dennis Dance Theatre

 

Undated

16

1

Emmanuel Church, Baltimore (Md.)

 

1941

17

1

Eugene Martinet, Inc. (Hotel Belvedere)

 

1941

18

1

Evergreen Theatre

 

1940-1941

19

1

Fifth Regiment Armory, Baltimore (Md.) (All-American Youth Orchestra)

 

Undated

20

1

Ford’s Grand Opera House

 

1867-1895

21

1

Ford’s Grand Opera House

 

1904-1928

22

1

Ford’s Theatre

 

1915, 1939-1940

23

1

Ford’s Theatre

 

Undated, 1941

24

1

The Hilltop Theatre

 

1940-1941

25

1

Holliday St. Theatre

 

Undated, 1857-1919

26

1

Johns Hopkins Playshop

 

1936-1940

27

2

Lehmann’s Hall

 

1878

28

2

The Little Theatre

 

Undated

29

2

Lyric Theatre

 

1906-1939

30

2

Lyric Theatre

 

1940

31

2

Lyric Theatre

 

1940

32

2

Lyric Theatre

 

1941

33

2

Maryland Music Appreciation Program

 

1940

34

2

Maryland Theatre

 

1905-1909

35

2

Maryland Theatre

 

1912-1941

36

2

Miscellaneous Minstrel Shows

 

Undated, 1878

37

2

Miscellaneous Theatrical Productions

 

1886, Undated

38

2

The Mountain Choir Festival

 

1938

39

2

Music Hall

 

1900

40

2

New Lyceum Theatre

 

1921

41

2

Paint and Powder Club

 

1894-1895

42

2

Paint and Powder Club

 

1895

43

2

Paint and Powder Club

 

1895

44

2

Paint and Powder Club

 

1906

45

2

Paint and Powder Club

 

1907

46

3

Paint and Powder Club

 

1908

47

3

Paint and Powder Club

 

1910, 1913

48

3

Paint and Powder Club

 

1914, 1916, 1923-1925

49

3

Peabody Institute, Conservatory of Music

 

1939-1941

50

3

Rivoli Theatre

 

1922

51

3

Sanderson’s Opera House

 

Undated

52

3

The Theatre Guild/ The Theatre Society in Baltimore

 

1940-1941

53

3

The Vagabond Players

 

1940-1941, Undated

54

3

Series II: Peale Museum Exhibit

 

 

 

 

Peale Museum Exhibit 

Exhibit documents

Undated

55

3

Peale Museum Exhibit

Exhibit documents

Undated

56

3

Peale Museum Exhibit

Exhibit documents

Undated

57

3

Peale Museum Exhibit

Exhibit documents

Undated

58

3

Peale Museum Exhibit

Exhibit documents

Undated

59

3

Peale Museum Exhibit

Exhibit documents

Undated

60

3

Series III: Title Pages and Lithographs

 

 

 

 

Theatre-Royal, Drury Lane

Title Pages and Lithographs

1791-1793

61

3

Theatre-Royal , Drury Lane

Title Pages and Lithographs

1791

62

3

Theatre-Royal, Drury Lane

Title Pages and Lithographs

1792

63

3

Theatre-Royal, Drury Lane

Title Pages and Lithographs

1793

64

3

Series IV: Plays

 

 

 

 

 

Love’ Telegraph

Undated

MS 3099.1

4

 

Miscellaneous script covers and parts of plays.

Undated

MS 3099.2

4

 

Noel; Christmas. A dramatic sketch in one act. (Two copies)

1906

MS 3099.3

4

 

The Oppressed Country.

Undated

MS 3099.4

4

Allingham, John Till

Transformation; or, Love and Law.

Undated

MS 3099.5

4

Brooke, Frances, William Shield, and Charles-Simon M. Favart

Rosina.

Undated

MS 3099.6

4

Colman, George and Jean Nicolas Bouilly

Love Laughs at Lock-Smiths: A comic opera, in two acts.

1804

MS 3099.7

4

Colman, George

X, Y, Z.

Undated

MS 3099.8

4

De Witt, R. M. and George Wevill

The Thespian Speaker.

Undated

MS 3099.9

4

Dumas, Alexandre

Pauline.

Undated

MS 3099.10

4

Holcroft, Thomas

Try Again

Undated

MS 3099.11

4

Jonson, Ben

Every Man in His Humour.

Undated

MS 3099.12

4

Keating, E. H.

The Yellow Dwarf.

Undated

MS 3099.13

4

Kemble, Mrs. Charles

Personation; or, Fairly Taken In.

Undated

MS 3099.14

4

Kenney, James

Spring and Autumn: or, The Birds of Fifty.

1855

MS 3099.15

4

Kenney, James

Sweethearts and Wives.

1823

MS 3099.16

4

Knight, Thomas

The Honest Thieves: A farce in two acts.

Undated

MS 3099.17

4

Knowles, James Sheridan

The Hunchback.

1846

MS 3099.18

4

Knowles, James Sheridan

Love: A play in five acts.

1839

MS 3099.19

4

Knowles, James Sheridan

The Wife: A Tale of Mantua.

1875

MS 3099.20

4

Knowles, James Sheridan

Virginius.

1820

MS 3099.21

4

Knowles, James Sheridan

The Wrecker’s Daughter.

1836

MS 3099.22

4

Kotzebue, Augustus Frederic Ferdinand von

The Stranger.

1787

MS 3099.23

5

Lacy, Rophino

Doing My Uncle.

1866

MS 3099.24

5

Legouve, Ernest

Medea.

1866

MS 3099.25

5

Leland, Oliver S.

Beatrice; or, The False and the True.

1858

MS 3099.26

5

Lemon, Mark

Sea and Land.

1852

MS 3099.27

5

Leslie, Henry and Nicholas Rowe

The Orange Girl. An entirely original drama, in a prologue and three acts.

Undated

MS 3099.28

5

Leslie, Henry

The Sin and the Sorrow.

1866

MS 3099.29

5

Lovell, Maria

Ingomar, The Barbarian.

Undated

MS 3099.30

5

Lunn, Joseph

Fish Out of Water.

Undated

MS 3099.31

5

MacFarren, George

The March of Intellect: A monodramatic bagatelle, in one act.

Undated

MS 3099.32

5

Mackaye, Steele

Hazel Kirke.

1899

MS 3099.33

5

Maddox, J. M.

The Violet.

1840

MS 3099.34

5

Marengo; Translation by Isaac C. Pray

Pia De Tolomei.

1866

MS 3099.35

5

Marryat, Florence and Sir Charles L. Bart Young.

Miss Chester.

1872

MS 3099.36

5

Marshall, R.

Shades of Night.

1895

MS 3099.37

5

Marston, Westland

Pure Gold.

Undated

MS 3099.38

5

Matthews, Charles

Used Up.

1846

MS 3099.39

5

Maurice, Walter and James Rice

Ready-Money.

Undated

MS 3099.40

5

Mayhew, Augustus and Sutherland Edwards

Christmas Boxes.

1860

MS 3099.41

5

Mayhew, Henry

The Wandering Minstrel.

Undated

MS 3099.42

5

Merivale, Herman C.

Peacock’s Holiday.

Undated

MS 3099.43

5

Merritt, Paul

Glin Garth; or, The Man in the Cleft.

1872

MS 3099.44

5

Milner, H. M.

Victorine, the Maid of Paris.

Undated

MS 3099.45

5

Morton, John Maddison

Box and Cox. A romance of real life, in one act.

Undated

MS 3099.46

5

Morton, John Maddison

Cousin Lamkin. An original farce, in one act.

1842

MS 3099.47

5

Morton, John Maddison

The Midnight Watch! An original drama, in one act.

1848

MS 3099.48

5

Morton, John Maddison

Mother and Child Are Doing Well.

Undated

MS 3099.49

5

Morton, John Maddison

Poor Pillicoddy.

Undated

MS 3099.50

5

Morton, John Maddison

The Two Buzzards; or, Whitebait at Greenwich.

Undated

MS 3099.51

6

Morton, John Maddison

What Do They Take Me For?

Undated

MS 3099.52

6

Morton, John Maddison

Who’s My Husband?

1847

MS 3099.53

6

Morton, Thomas

A Roland for Oliver.

1855

MS 3099.54

6

Morton, Thomas and J. M. Thomas (John Maddison)

The Writing on the Wall!

Undated

MS 3099.55

6

Mosenthal, S. B.

Deborah.

1866

MS 3099.56

6

Moser, Herr G. Von

On Change.

1885

MS 3099.57

6

Mowatt, Anna Cora

Fashion; or, Life on New York.

1854

MS 3099.58

6

Murray, William

Dominique the Deserter; or, The Gentleman in Black.

Undated

MS 3099.59

6

Newton, Charles E.

Cast Upon the World.

Undated

MS 3099.60

6

O’Hara, Kane

Tom Thumb.

Undated

MS 3099.61

6

Ohnet, Georges

The Iron Master.

Undated

MS 3099.62

6

O’Keefe, John

The Castle of Andulsia: A comic opera, in three acts.

Undated

MS 3099.63

6

Otway, Thomas

Venice Preserved.

Undated

MS 3099.64

6

Oulton, Walley Chamberlain

Botheration; or, a ten year’s blunder.

1828

MS 3099.65

6

Oxberry, W.

The Actress of All Work; or, My Country Cousin: a comic sketch, in one act.

Undated

MS 3099.66

6

Palmer, T. A.

Woman’s Rights.

1886

MS 3099.67

6

Paul, Howard

The Mop Cap; or, Love Disguises.

1853

MS 3099.68

6

Payne, John Howard

Brutus; or, The Fall of Tarquin: A historical tragedy in five acts.

1850

MS 3099.69

6

Payne, John Howard

Therese; or, the Orphan of Geneva: A drama in three acts.

Undated

MS 3099.70

6

Peake, R. B.

Master’s Revival; or, a day at Boulogne: A farce in two acts.

Undated

MS 3099.71

6

Philips, Mrs. Alfred

Caught in His Own Trap.

Undated

MS 3099.72

6

Pinero, Arthur W.

Hester’s Mystery: A comedy in one act.

Undated

MS 3099.73

6

Pitt, G. Dibdin

The Jersey Girl; or, Les Rouge Voleurs.

Undated

MS 3099.74

6

Pitt, G. Dibdin

The Last Man; or, The Miser of Elthan Green.

Undated

MS 3099.75

6

Planche, J. R. and Charles Dance

Olympic Revels or Promethis and Pandora.

Undated

MS 3099.76

6

Planche, J. R.

The Bee and the Orange Tree; or, four wishes.

1845

MS 3099.77

6

Planche, J. R.

The Follies of a Night; A vaudeville comedy, in two acts.

1842

MS 3099.78

6

Planche, J. R.

The Golden Branch.

1847

MS 3099.79

6

Planche, J. R.

The Invisible Prince; or, the Island of Tranquil Delights.

Undated

MS 3099.80

6

Planche, J. R.

The King of the Peacocks.

1848

MS 3099.81

7

Planche, J. R.

Not a Bad Judge.

1848

MS 3099.82

7

Planche, J. R.

The Prince of Happy Land: or, the Fawn in the Forest.

1851

MS 3099.83

7

Planche, J. R.

Secret Service.

Undated

MS 3099.84

7

Poole, John

Hamlet Travestie.

Undated

MS 3099.85

7

Poole, John

Paul Pry.

Undated

MS 3099.86

7

Poole, John

Simpson and Co.

Undated

MS 3099.87

7

Poole, John

Tribulations; or, Unwelcome Visitors.

1825

MS 3099.88

8

Popcock, I.

Rob Roy Macgregor; or, “Auld Lang Synge.”

Undated

MS 3099.89

8

Pritchard, J. V.

Daniel Rochat.

Undated

MS 3099.90

8

Rae, Charles Marsham

Fame.

Undated

MS 3099.91

8

Ranger, Edward

The Romantic Widow.

1846

MS 3099.92

8

Ransom. H. A. V.

The Man Who Wasn’t.

Undated

MS 3099. 93

8

Reeve, Wybert

A Match for Mother-in-Law.

Undated

MS 3099.94

8

Reeve, Wybert

Parted: An English Love Story.

Undated

MS 3099.95

8

Reeve, Wybert

Won At Last!

Undated

MS 3099.96

8

Ring, I. H.

The Irish Tutor.

Undated

MS 3099.97

8

Robertson, T. W.

Birds of Prey; or, A Duel in the Dark.

Undated

MS 3099.98

8

Robertson, T. W.

The Chevalier de St. George.

1845

MS 3099.99

8

Robertson, T. W.

David Garrick.

Undated

MS 3099.100

8

Robertson, Williams

Ernestine.

Undated

MS 3099.101

8

Rodwell, G. Herbert

The Chimney Piece; or, The Married Maid: A Laughable Farce.

Undated

MS 3099.102

8

Rodwell, J. Thomas G.

More Blunders Than One.

Undated

MS 3099.103

8

Rodwell, J. Thomas G.

A Race for a Dinner.

1829

MS 3099.104

8

Rowe, Nicholas

Jane Shore.

Undated

MS 3099.105

9

Sardou, Victorien

La Tosca; Argument of the Play of Drama in five acts.

1891

MS 3099.106

9

Sarvin, Geo. A.

Model of a Wife.

Undated

MS 3099.107

9

Scribe and Legouve

Adrienne Lecouvereur.

1866

MS 3099.108

9

Selby, Charles

A Day in Paris.

Undated

MS 3099.109

9

Selby, Charles

My Friend in the Straps.

Undated

MS 3099.110

9

Selby, Charles

The Marble Heart; or, The Sculptor’s Dream. A romance of real life in five chapters.

Undated

MS 3099.111

9

Selby, Charles

The New Footman.

Undated

MS 3099.112

9

Selby, Charles

The Young Mother.

Undated

MS 3099.113

9

Shakespeare, William

All’s Well That Ends Well.

Undated

MS 3099.114

9

Shakespeare, William

Othello, The Moor of Venice.

Undated

MS 3099.115

9

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

The Duenna; A comedic opera, in three acts.

Undated

MS 3099.116

9

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

Pizarro: A tragic play, in five acts.

Undated

MS 3099.117

9

Simpson, J. Palgrave and Edmund Yates

Black Sheep.

Undated

MS 3099.118

9

Simpson, J. Palgrave

Dreams of Delusion.

Undated

MS 3099.119

10

Simpson, J. Palgrave

Jack in a Box!

Undated

MS 3099.120

10

Simpson, J. Palgrave

Second Love: An original drama, in three acts.

Undated

MS 3099.121

10

Smith, W. H.

The Drunkard; or, The Fallen Saved.

Undated

MS 3099.122

10

Somerset, C. A.

The Fall of Algiers, by Sea and Land: A grand nautical melo-dramatic spectacle, in two acts.

Undated

MS 3099.123

10

Stirling, Edward

Mrs. Harris!

Undated

MS 3099.124

10

Stirling, Edward

The Rag-Picker of Paris and the Dress-Maker of St. Antoine.

Undated

MS 3099.125

10

Suter, W. E. and T. H. Lacy

The Angel of Midnight.

Undated

MS 3099.126

10

Suter, W. E.

The Child Stealer.

Undated

MS 3099.127

10

Suter, W. E.

A Glass of Water. “Great Events from Trifling Causes Spring.” Or, a comedy, in two acts.

Undated

MS 3099.128

10

Talfourd, Francis

King Thrushbeard! Or, A Little Pet and the Great Passion!

Undated

MS 3099.129

11

Talfourd, Francis

Macbeth. Somewhat removed from the text of Shakespeare.

Undated

MS 3099.130

11

Taylor, Tom

The Babes in the Wood.

Undated

MS 3099.131

11

Taylor, Tom and Charles Reade

The King’s Rival; or, The Court and the Stage.

Undated

MS 3099.132

11

Travers, William

Kathleen Mavourneen; or, St. Patrick's Eve.

Undated

MS 3099.133

11

Young, Sir Charles Lawrence

Montcalm.

Undated

MS 3099.134

11

Series IVa: Plays

 

 

 

 

 

Cumberland’s British Theatre.

1836?

MS 3099.136

11

 

The Histrionic Speaker.

1872

MS 3099.137

11

Dimond, William

The Aethiop; or, The Child of the Desert.

Undated

MS 3099.138

12

French, Samuel

A Few Plays Recommended to Amateurs.

1906-1907

MS 3099.139

12

Kenney, James

False Alarms.

1807

MS 3099.140

12

Reynolds, Frederick

The Blind Bargain.

Undated

MS 3099.141

12

Sardou, Victorien

Diplomates.

1894

MS 3099.142

12

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

The Critic: A Tragedy Rehearsed.

1779

MS 3099.143

12

Somerset, Charles A.

A Day After the Fair.

1828

MS 3099.144

12

Taylor, Tom

Nine Points of the Law

1859

MS 3099.145

12

Taylor, Tom

Plot and Passion

1853

MS 3099.146

12

Taylor, Tom

Retribution.

1856

MS 3099.147

12

Taylor, Tom

Stillwaters Run Deep.

1855      

MS 3099.148

12

Taylor, Tom & Charles Reade

Two Loves and a Life.

1854

MS 3099.149

12

Tobin, John

The Honey-moon.

1805

MS 3099.150

12

Townsend, Charles

Rio Grande.

1891

MS 3099.151

12

Townsend, Thompson

The Lost Ship; or, The Man- of-War’s Man and the Privateer.

Undated

MS 3099.152

12

Troughton, Adolphus Charles.

Wooing in Jest and Loving in Earnest.

1858

MS 3099.153

12

Walcot, Charles M.

Hiawatha: or, Ardent Spirits and Laughing Water.

1856

MS 3099.154

12

Waldauer, Aug.

Fanchon, the Cricket.

1862

MS 3099.155

12

Ware, J. R.

The Juggler; or, Father and Daughter.

Undated

MS 3099.156

12

Webb, Charles

Belphegor, the Mountebank; or, Woman’s Constancy.

1850s

MS 3099.157

12

Webster, Benjamin

The Dead Heart.

1864

MS 3099.158

12

Webster, Benjamin

The Miseries of Human Life.

1845

MS 3099.159

12

Weston, J. M.

Lucretia Borgia.

1844

MS 3099.160

12

Wigan, Alfred

₤500 Reward!

1845

MS 3099.161

12

Wilks, Thomas Egerton

Ben the Boatswain.

1839

MS 3099.162

12

Wilks, Thomas Egerton

My Wife’s Dentist.

Undated

MS 3099.163

12

Wilks, Thomas Egerton

Raffaelle the Reprobate

1850?

MS 3099.164

13

Wilks, Thomas Egerton

‘Tis She.

1838

MS 3099.165

13

Williams, Barney

Art O’Brien: The Flower of Kilmona

1873

MS 3099.166

13

Williams, Barney

Brian O’Linn.

Undated

MS 3099.167

13

Williams, Thomas J.

A Cure for the Fidgets.

1869?

MS 3099.168

13

Williams, Thomas J.

Found in a Four-Wheeler.

1866

MS 3099.169

13

Williams, Thomas J.

Larkin’s Love Letters.

1866

MS 3099.170

13

Wood, Mrs. Henry

East Lynne.

Undated

MS 3099.171

13

Wooder, J. P.

A Twice Told Tale.

Undated

MS 3099.172

13

Woodward, J. A.

Bouquet.

Undated

MS 3099.173

13

Young, Charles L.

Charms.

1871

MS 3099.174

13

Young, Charles L.

Gilded Youth.

1872

MS 3099.175

13

Young, Charles L.

Shadows

1871

MS 3099.176

13

 

Cab Driver No. 23

Undated

MS 3099.

 

 

Cab Driver No. 23

Undated

MS 3099.

 

Kelley, Daniel

Deep as the Sea.

Undated

MS 3099.

 

Oversized Theater Ephemera

 

 

 

 

Academy of Music

 

1880-1895

 

 

Albaugh’s Lyceum Theatre

 

1884

 

 

Ford’s Grand Opera House

 

1871-1894

 

 

Ford’s Theatre

 

Undated

 

 

Front Street Theatre

 

1871

 

 

Harris, Britton, and Dean Co.

 

1895

 

 

Holliday St. Theatre

 

Undated, 1857, 1872

 

 

Howard Auditorium

 

1895

 

 

Kernan’s Monumental Theatre

 

1896

 

 

Lyric Theatre

 

1906-1909

 

 

Maryland Institute

 

Undated

 

 

Music Hall

 

1895

 

 

Odeon Varieties!

 

1871