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Chauncey Olcott (1858-1932), born John Chancellor Ollcott, was an actor, singer, and songwriter. His career started in minstrel shows, which was followed by studying singing in London in the 1880s. He also acted in Broadway shows (
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Chauncy Olcott Scrapbook Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.
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The pages of the scrapbook are in the order they were received in.
The scrapbook begins in 1910. It is unclear how far into Mr. Olcott's career it goes, as the remainder of the contents are undated. The contents document some of the work Chauncey Olcott did in the theater. The photographs show him in costume and the clippings give information on the plays he appeared in. Several of the clippings list the songs he sang in each production. Olcott, a songwriter, often created his own songs.
An advertisement for "Chauncey Olcott in His Famous Play 'Ragged Robin.'" The back side of the page is empty.
Photograph of Chauncey Olcott and a woman. He has an arm and part of his cape wrapped around her. The back of the page has a clipping, "Mr. Chauncey Olcott in HIs New Play Old Limerick Town."
A three quarter length portrait of Chauncey Olcott. The back of the page has an advertisement for Chauncey Olcott in "Terence." The ad states that he would sing songs he composed for the show, including "My Own Dear Irish Queen," "The Girl I Used to Know," "My Sonny Boy," and "Tick, Tack, Toe."
A full length portrait of Mr. Olcott in costume in on one side. The reverse has an add for Chauncey Olcott in "Edmund Burke."
Photograph of Chauncey Olcott in costume seated behind a desk. He is refered to as "The Irish Tenor" below the image. "Donovain, New York" is also on the card. The second side of the page has an advertisement for the play "Eileen Asthorme"
A full length photograph of Chauncy Olcott. He is seated at a table. The reverse side has a clipping and a synopsis of the the play "O'Neill of Derry."
A portrait of Chauncey Olcott is on one side. The second side has an add for Mr. Olcott in "Ragged Robin"
The first side has a portrait photograph of Mr. Olcott wearing a feathered hat. There is nothing on the reverse side.
The page has a three quarter portrait of Chauncey Olcott. There is nothing on the reverse side.
These pages are empty.
A portrait of Chauncey Olcott shows him seated with one leg crossed over the other. He wears a hat.
These pages are blank.
This is the back cover of the scrapbook. It has a clipping that describes a play that involves "Banshee and Will-0-the-Wisp."