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Henrietta Pfaelzer theater and music scrapbook

Ms. Coll. 1183

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Stern, Henrietta Pfaelzer, 1878-1974
Title:
Henrietta Pfaelzer theater and music scrapbook
Date [inclusive]:
1892-1896
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1183
Extent:
08 Linear feet (1 volume)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Henrietta Pfaelzer (1878-1974) was a Philadelphian who married Horace Stern, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1952 to 1956. This scrapbook, which pre-dates her marriage, dates from 1892 to 1896 and includes playbills, photographs of actors, and newspaper clippings about theater in Philadelphia.
Cite as:
Henrietta Pfaelzer theater and music scrapbook, 1892-1896, Ms. Coll. 1183, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Henrietta Pfaelzer was born in Philadelphia in 1878, the daughter of Morris and Sophia Pfaelzer. According to David M. Dorsen, she was socially prominent and came from a wealthy and established Philadelphia family. She was a member of the Young Women’s Union of Philadelphia. In 1906, she married Horace Stern (1878-1968) who was an 1899 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1902 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In addition to a long and successful legal career, Stern served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1952 to 1956. They had one daughter, Sophia (1908-1985) who married Henry Friendly. They appear to have been active in Philadelphia's Jewish Community. Henrietta Pfaelzer Stern died in 1974.

Works cited: Dorsen, David M., Henry Friendly, Greatest Judge of His Era. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook dates from between 1892 and 1896 and includes playbills, photographs of actors, and newspaper clippings about theater in Philadelphia. This volume is titled "Programme Book," and is signed by Miss Henrietta Pfaelzer, and dated June 24, 1896. Several notable Philadelphia theaters are included in this scrapbook, including the Chestnut Street Theater, the Broad Street Theater, and Arch Street Theater. A playbill from the Empire Theater and the Garden Theater in New York City are also in this volume. She includes numerous photographs of actors in this volume and gives special attention to John Drew, Della Fox, Yvette Guilbert, Leslie Carter, Virginia Harned, and Ada Rehan. The scrapbook also contains several souvenir programs.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2016 March 2

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kelin Baldridge

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Henry J. Friendly.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Scrapbooks
Subject(s)
  • Actors
  • Theater--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century

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Collection Inventory

Volume

"Programme Book", 1896.

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