Biographical/historical: Frank Jeffords Wilstach (1865-1933), American theatrical manager and press agent, was the press representative for Sothern and Marlowe. Born in Indiana, he was the author of The Dictionary of Similes, 1916 and wrote a book and articles about Wild Bill Hickok.
E. H. Sothern (1859-1933), one of the great Shakespearean actors of his day, was born in New Orleans, educated in England and made his New York debut in 1879. The pinnacle of his career was perhaps his Romeo and Juliet with his second wife, Julia Marlowe. He continued to act after she retired in 1924. His first wife was Virginia Harned.
Julia Marlowe (1865-1950), leading American actress in the early 20th century, was born Sarah Frances Frost in England but came to the United States at the age of four. She first appeared as a child under the name Fanny Brough in HMS Pinafore in 1878 and made her New York debut in 1887. She had a long career as a leading actress in Shakespeare and comedies and toured with her husband E. H. Sothern whom she married in 1904. She retired from the stage in 1915, but made a comeback before retiring again in 1924.
Content: Collection consists of correspondence, mostly letters by Sothern to Wilstach, press releases by Wilstach on Sothern and Marlowe, articles and drafts by Sothern or Marlowe and clippings about them. The collection sheds light on the acting careers of the husband and wife team of Sothern and Marlowe and documents the work of their press agent, Frank J. Wilstach.