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Identifier: A0118

Title: George B. Berrell Journals, 1871-1883


George B. Berrell, an actor and theatrical stage manager, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was named stage manager for DeBar's Opera House in St. Louis in 1876, and named acting manager in 1878, shortly after Ben DeBar's death in 1877. He was thereafter engaged with a variety of theatrical groups in and out of St. Louis, including the Grand Opera House (after 1882) and the Olympic Theatre in St. Louis.

The bulk of the collection consists of nine journals, kept by Berrell, that recount his adventures in theater and in life from 1871 until 1883. Among the varied entries are discussions of his theatrical career as a prompter with the Academy of Music in Chicago (1874), with DeBar's Opera House in St. Louis (from 1876), with the Acme Dramatic Company, a touring stock show (summer 1882), and with the Grand Opera House and Olympic Theater in St. Louis (1882-1883). Entries also discuss Berrell's numerous fishing trips (with one journal devoted extensively to his "Piscatorial Summer of 1878"); travels in New York and elsewhere; his thoughts on a celebrated murder of a St. Louis lawyer by a Post-Dispatch editor; and comments on Ben DeBar's estate. Also includes an undated volume titled "Annals of the Drama," which consists of notes about eighteenth-century British actress Sarah Siddons.

10 volumes; 4 folders

Cite as: George B. Berrell Journals, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1871-1883

Type(s): Journal

Maker/Creator: Berrell, George, 1849-1933

Subjects: Diaries


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