The Kill Kare Couple: John and Winnie Hennings by David Soren

This series consists of photocopies and digital printouts of press clippings and photographs describing the lives and careers of John and Winnie Hennings, who performed together as The Kill Kare Kouple from 1908 through the World War I years, and of John Hennings'...

The Duncan Sisters: Vaudevilles #1 Female Comedy Duo by David Soren

There had been other comedic sister acts in vaudeville that preceded them, such as The Watson Sisters, but none were as clever and funny as the Duncan Sisters and the University of Arizona has a large collection of sheet music featuring the Duncans. Enormously popular...

The Doll Family: Little People in Vaudeville by David Soren

The Doll Family were also known as the Earles Family and The Dancing Dolls and, later on, The Moving Picture Midgets. They were four American siblings from Germany who engaged in vaudeville, movies, circuses and sideshows in America from ca. 1912 to 1955. They were...

The Dixon-Freeman Collection by David Soren

The collection consists of contracts and documents, photographs, programs, correspondence, typescripts, and sheet music related to the performances of Jessica Dixon and her husband, Frank Freeman. Several parts of the collection refer to their "train sketch"...

The Boswell Sisters: Syncopation Harmony Queens by David Soren

Martha Meldania Boswell (1905 - 1958), Constance (Connee) Foore Boswell (1907 - 1976) and Helvetia George Boswell (1911 - 1988) were musicians and music-loving amateurs who performed as a sister act for friends in New Orleans. The family was from Kansas City but moved...

Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas by David Soren

Ukrainian born Sophie Tucker (1887-1966, real name Sonya Kalish) was perhaps the greatest female star in vaudeville and she remained a household word for more than 50 years due to her remarkable ability to continually re-invent herself and make herself relevant and...

Sonia Serova: Greek Dance Come to Life by David Soren

This series comprises five items related to modern dance, most including musical scores. Sonia Serova (1889-1943) trained in dance at the Wordsworth School in London, and was influenced by ancient Greek sports and vase paintings, as a disciplined approach that...

Sarah Bernhardt: The Divine Sarah in Vaudeville by David Soren

Mark Twain once famously said that there were five kinds of actresses- bad, fair, good, great and Sarah Bernhardt. Sarah was born to a family of modest income in Paris, October 22, 1844. Her Dutch mother was only 16 when she gave birth to Sarah and early in her life...