Chauncey Olcott Scrapbook Collection, 1910Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Chauncey Olcott Scrapbook Collection, 1910Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0927
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The pages of the scrapbook are in the order they were received in.
Languages: English


A scrapbook of photographs and clippings that document part of the career of Chauncey Olcott.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

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.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

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

Physical Access Note:

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Acquisition Source: Gordon Rouze
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials: Joe M. Morris Piano Roll Collection For more information please see
Preferred Citation: Chauncy Olcott Scrapbook Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.
Processing Information: The collection was donated to the Rare Book Room.  It has been processed as a manuscript collection as part of Special Collections.


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