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Julia W. Doane Memorabilia

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Doane

Scope and Content of the Collection

Materials consist of signatures Doane collected from family members, friends, and acquaintances, including: English actress Ellen Terry; American singer Clara Louise Kellogg; Florenz Ziegfeld, Sr., music librarian of Chicago Musical College; and Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal clergyman and Rector of Boston’s Trinity Church.

Doane’s scrapbook chronicles the lives and performances of people featured in her autograph album, such as Ellen Terry and Clara Louise Kellogg, as well as other notable performers, such as: Italian opera singer Madame Adelina Patti; American actress Clara Morris; American actor Francis Wilson; English actor George Arliss; American actor John Mason; and American actor William Gillette. The scrapbook contains photographs and clippings from magazines and newspapers.


  • Creation: 1876-1911



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Julia W. Doane Memorabilia is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Julia W. Doane Memorabilia is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Julia W. Doane

Julia W. Doane was born in 1859 in Illinois, the daughter of J. W. (John Wesley) Doane and Julia A. Doane. Her father served as the President of Merchant’s Loan and Trust Company for many years and owned J. W. Doane & Co., a large importer of coffee and tea, with offices in Chicago, New York, London, and Rio de Janeiro.

Doane traveled a lot throughout her life and documented parts of those excursions in her autograph album and scrapbook. She collected signatures from her family, friends, and acquaintances, and chronicled some of their lives on stage in her scrapbook.

In 1910, Doane and her husband, George E. Dresser purchased a property adjacent to her sister’s, Fannie Doane Erhardt, in Riverton, Vermont. She stayed in the cottage there until the mid-1930s and died ca. 1936-1937.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


An autograph album from 1876 and a scrapbook from 1911 compiled by Julia Doane, a Chicagoan with connections to the theatrical and musical communities. Both items feature actors and other theatrical figures of the late 19th century.


Arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 14 4


Gift of John Holabird, 1992.

Processed by

Samantha Smith, 2015.

Inventory of the Julia W. Doane Memorabilia, 1876-1911
Samantha Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States