Correspondence, scripts, songs, articles, programs and clippings document the life and career of Edward Harrigan. Includes extensive correspondence with his wife when he was touring with Tony Hart in the 1870s, photocopies of typescripts of a few works in his MULLIGAN GUARD series and two handwritten scripts: DAN'S TRIBULATIONS and SQUATTER SOVEREIGNTY, bound volumes of his songs and illustrated sheet music covers.
Biographical/historical: Edward Harrigan, actor, playwright, lyricist and producer was called both the Dickens and the Hogarth of 19th century American theater. Born in New York City, the grandson of Irish immigrants, Harrigan peopled his plays mostly with immigrant classes and presented working class life in relatively realistic if comic terms. His partnership with Tony Hart resulted in one of vaudeville's favorite attractions and his songs, with music by his father-in-law, David Braham, were among the most popular of his era.