01/AR0927 Guide to the Chauncey Olcott Scrapbook Collection Olcott, Chauncey Finding Aid Authors: Perri Hamilton.

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Guide to the Chauncey Olcott Scrapbook Collection Manuscripts Overview of the Collection Chauncey Olcott Scrapbook Collection 1910 01/AR0927 1.00 English Manuscripts A scrapbook of photographs and clippings that document part of the career of Chauncey Olcott. Administrative History:

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 (Barry of Ballymore, Isle of Dreams, and Masushla).  He is best remembered for his collaborations with Earnest Ball and George Graff, producing several popular songs.  The best known songs include “My Irish Rose,” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” He retired in 1925. He moved to Monte Carlo, where he died in 1932. In 1947, Warner Brothers released a film, My Wild Irish Rose, based on Olcott’s biography. He was married twice.  His spouses were Cora Estell Henderson and Margaret O'Dovovan.  He was inducted into the Sonwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Administrative Information Acquisition Information:


Processing Information:

The collection was donated to the Rare Book Room.  It has been processed as a manuscript collection as part of Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Chauncy Olcott Scrapbook Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.

Related Materials:

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Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

The pages of the scrapbook are in the order they were received in.

Scope and Contents

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.

Detailed List of Contents id251088 1 Scrapbook 708208 id251089 1 1 Page 1 1910-01-03 Scope and Contents

An advertisement for "Chauncey Olcott in His Famous Play 'Ragged Robin.'" The back side of the page is empty.

id251090 1 2 Page 2 undated Scope and Contents

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."

id251091 1 3 Page 3 undated Scope and Contents

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."

id251092 1 4 Page 4 undated Scope and Contents

A full length portrait of Mr. Olcott in costume in on one side. The reverse has an add for Chauncey Olcott in "Edmund Burke."

id251093 1 5 Page 5 undated Scope and Contents

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"

id251094 1 6 Page 6 undated Scope and Contents

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."

id251095 1 7 Page 7 undated Scope and Contents

A portrait of Chauncey Olcott is on one side. The second side has an add for Mr. Olcott in "Ragged Robin"

id251096 1 8 Page 8 undated Scope and Contents

The first side has a portrait photograph of Mr. Olcott wearing a feathered hat. There is nothing on the reverse side.

id251097 1 9 Page 9 undated Scope and Contents

The page has a three quarter portrait of Chauncey Olcott. There is nothing on the reverse side.

id251098 1 10 Pages 10 - 14 undated Scope and Contents

These pages are empty.

id251099 1 11 Page 15 undated Scope and Contents

A portrait of Chauncey Olcott shows him seated with one leg crossed over the other. He wears a hat.

id251100 1 12 Pages 16 - 19 undated Scope and Contents

These pages are blank.

id251101 1 13 Page 20 undated Scope and Contents

This is the back cover of the scrapbook. It has a clipping that describes a play that involves "Banshee and Will-0-the-Wisp."