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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Collection théâtrale André Antoine
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Collection théâtrale André Antoine

  • CA ON00389 C8
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 1985

The collection consists of: papers from director André Antoine; letters from Antoine; letters to Antoine from various playwrights, whose plays he staged; photographs of actors and actresses; letters from various members of Antoine's family; 40 autograph letters from Emile Zola; letters from and to journalist Léon Deffoux; letters from and to Maurice LeBlond, Emile Zola's son-in-law; letters from and to playwright Georges Ancey and his wife; several first editions of Zola's novels, some with bound autograph letters. Throughout are photocopied documents, collected by Sanders, as contexual material about the era and referenced events or articles within the correspondence. Also included are original letters sent to Sanders from the friends and relatives of those whose letters appear in the 19th century correspondence.

Sanders, James B.

Framed Items, Box 17

-Large photograph of Henry Bauer, literary critic.
-Framed front page of Le Petit Journal, Supplément illustré, 31 juillet 1898 – illustration of Zola going to Versailles for his trial.
-According to a hand-written note at the back of the frame (note by J.B. Sanders): watercolour by Jules Antoine (brother of André Antoine), figuring André Antoine in his role as Jacques Damour – adapted from Zola’s short story.

Photographs related to Zola

Photographs
-L'Assommoir. Two stills from a lost 1909 version of Emile Zola's L'Assommoir, by Albert Cappelani (3 reels; 45 minutes)
-Zola, Emile. Photographic portrait. On the back, indication of the photographer as Porel, successor to the Maison Melandri in Paris.
-Zola, Emile. Two sketches of the novelist by his confrere, Pierre Loti (1850-1923), not dated. In 1891, Loti beat out Zola in the election to the Academie Francaise when the seat of Octave Feuillet became vacant.
-Zola, Emile. Photographic portrait of the novelist in his study. On the back, in pencil, an indication of Zola's address, 21 bis, rue de Bruxelles, which would date the photograph some time after September 1889.
-Photographs [probably taken by J. Sanders]. Three contemporary photographs (i) the tomb of Numa Coste (died 1907) in Aix-en-Provence; (ii) the tomb of Zola's parents in Aix-en-Provence; (iii) the tomb of Paul Cezanne in Aix-en-Provence.

Clippings, programmes, photographs, letters related to Zola

-Le Charivari, 4 April 1888. This comic newspaper loved poking fun at Zola. In this issue, a satirical article on Zola's political ambitions, entitled "Zola Consultant", signed Cascadio (p. 1-2).
-Theatre du Vaudeville, 20 May 1892. Programme for a one-time matinee performance of Zola's Therese Raquin at the Theatre du Vaudeville in support of the Oeuvre de la Societe maternelle parisienne (La Pouponnière), a benefit organization for orphaned children.
-Signed theatre programme for a special matinee in support of a tomb and a monument for Henry Becque, 31 May 1904. The matinee featured drama, a lecture and a poetry reading. The programme is signed by Victories Sardou, Georges de Porto-Riche, Emile Fabre and Camille Le Sense.
-3 photographs (one of H. Becque as a young man, two of his monument).
-Autograph letter from [signature illegible – great-nephew of Becque] to Madame Georges Ancey, dated «le 23 novembre 1932». Is preparing an edition of Henry Becque’s work – knows that Becque and Ancey were close. Is inquiring if there are letters and documents he could consult. Antoine told him that it could be the case.
-Autograph letter from J. Molbert [?] to [?], dated «3 juin 1905». Asks for tickets for the play. Praises the play, which is penetrating and passionate.

Actor René Maupré (René de Chauffour)

-Press clippings (221 pages) following the career of actor René Maupré – clippings ranging from 1904-1930 approx. (many clippings are not dated) – some clippings with photographs – great variety of important French newspapers: L’Humanité, Le Matin, La Petite République, L’Aurore, Le Monde illustré, Le Figaro, etc. – clippings about the Théâtre Antoine (Maupré was one of its stars) – some playbills from the Théâtre Antoine – some clippings from American and English newspapers (from p. 145) and some from Italian newspapers (p. 192 sq.) – a very interesting article by Maupré himself (1920?) on the future of cinema as a new art for the “masses” (p. 177).
-8 photographs (black and white) glued on coloured cardboard – Antoine, Camaret, staging of Coriolan by Antoine.

L’Illustration théâtrale

-L’Illustration théâtrale, issue of 21 mars 1903 about the play Ramuntcho, by Pierre Loti Supplement to the magazine L’Illustration – L’Illustration théâtrale was not sold separately from L’Illustration Heavy repairs with scotch tape
-L’Illustration théâtrale, issue of 3 novembre 1906, text of the play La préférée, by Lucien Descaves Supplement to the magazine L’Illustration – L’Illustration théâtrale was not sold separately from L’Illustration Light repairs with scotch tape
-L’Illustration théâtrale, issue of 1er novembre 1913, text of the play La saignée, by Lucien Descaves et Nozière Supplement to the magazine L’Illustration – L’Illustration théâtrale was not sold separately from L’Illustration Repairs with scotch tape
-L’Illustration théâtrale, issue of 23 novembre 1929, text of the play L’Ascension de Virginie, by Maurice Donnay et Lucien Descaves Supplement to the magazine L’Illustration – L’Illustration théâtrale was not sold separately from L’Illustration

Various magazines

-Magazine: Le Théâtre, septembre 1904 – special issue on Théâtre Antoine.
-Magazine: Le Théâtre, septembre 1902 (incomplete) – special issue on Théâtre Antoine.
-Magazine: La Revue théâtrale, mai 1906 (cover missing) – special issue on Théâtre Antoine.
-Magazine: Le Théâtre, octobre 1905.NOTE: an article on the Théâtre de l’Odéon.
-Magazine : Comoedia illustré.2 issues : 1er avril 1911 and 1er décembre 1911.Profusely illustrated with portraits of actresses and photographs.
-Magazine : Revue illustréeIssue: 15 septembre 1889.
-Magazine : Le Théâtre et Comoedia illustré. One issue : 15 janvier 1926.
-Magazine: L’Illustration théâtrale. Journal d’actualités dramatiques publiant le texte complet des pièces nouvelles jouées dans les principaux théâtres de Paris. Two loose issues (8 December 1906 and 15 October 191?) – poor condition.

Théâtre Libre

Théâtre Libre – various secondary sources; copies of photographs (mise en scène).
Two copies of (in German): Guide for the Guest Performande of Théâtre Libre in Residenz-Theater of Benno Jacobson, first volume.

Contract with M. Chimene, poster and cover

Typed contract between Antoine and M. Chimene, dated «2 février 1917», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine».
Regarding the partnership between Antoine and Chimene for the Gaité theatre.
With a two-page letter [first page missing), where Antoine explains that he does not want to take care of financial issues.
Poster (colour) for the Théâtre Antoine, announcing Blanchette and Boubouroche.
Poor condition – repairs with scotch tape – folded
Cover of Le monde illustré, 2 novembre 1935 – with photo of Antoine.

Letters related to Colonna Romano

  • One postcard and one letter (stamped 2-7 1955) from Colonna Romano to J. Sanders.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Colonna Romano [?], dated «31 avril», on letterhead «Golf Hotel La Ciotat-Plage». Has not heard from her, but guesses that she will come back with Alcover. Is himself leaving for Marseille, will be back in Paris the week after.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Colonna Romano [?], dated «Mardi», on letterhead «28, Place Dauphine. Tél.: Gobelins 03-59». Here is the solution to the problem they were discussing the other day.
  • Autograph letter from André Antoine to Colonna Romano [?], dated «25 novembre 36», on letterhead «Hôtel d’Albany. 202, rue de Rivoli». Is in financial trouble because he has not paid his income tax. Can she help?
  • Autograph letter from M.A. Lévy-Alcover [son of Colonna Romano] to J. Sanders, dated «le 22 février 1981», address «Dr. M.A. Lévy-Alcover, 11bis, Passage de la Visitation, Paris, 75007». Tells Sanders that his parents were close friends with Antoine. His parents bought Antoine’s house in 1936, and he still goes there every summer.
  • Three postcards – pictures of Colonna Romano
  • Newspaper clipping with picture of Colonna Romano
  • Two pictures (black and white) of Colonna Romano
  • Program – Electre, gala donné par Colonna Romano (23 juin 1938)
  • Telegram from Antoine to Colonna Romano, stamped «14 août 13» Best wishes.
  • Autograph letter from Jean and Marguerite Sarment to Colonna Romano, dated «30 décembre 61», stamped «2 – 1 62». Are sending their best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from Maurice Gervais [?] to Colonna Romano, dated «Paris, le 7 août 1936», on letterhead «Société des poètes français. Le Secrétaire général», with a stamp surimposed: «Maurice Gervais 33bis, rue Faidherbe Paris Xie». Congratulates her – wishes he could do it in person [very poetic letter].
  • Autograph carte-lettre from [?] to Colonna Romano, dated «Bagnères de Bigorre», stamped «8 VIII 36». Congratulates her, even if he is far from Paris. When he thinks about Colonna, he also thinks about the actress Madeleine Roch, who would have been happy to hear the good news.
  • Autograph letter from Paul Vinson to Colonna Romano, dated «Dimanche 2 Août», on letterhead «Comoedia. Journal quotidien illustré. 146, ave des Champs-Elysées Paris (8e)». Congratulates her for her decoration. Her talent is finally recognized.
  • Autograph letter from ? to Colonna Romano, dated «Hameau du Francport par Compiègne (Oise)». Congratulates her for her decoration [Légion d’honneur].
  • Autograph letter from Georges Zeller to Colonna Romano, dated «Paris, le 2/8 1936», on letterhead «Les Chefs-d’oeuvre du Théâtre-Français. Georges Zeller, 93, boulevard Magenda, 93, Paris (Xe)». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Autograph letter from Lucien Besnard to Colonna Romano, dated «Launay par Courtomer Orne 4 août 36». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Autograph letter from Lucien de Weindel to Colonna Romano, dated «5/8/36/, on letterhead «Excelsior. Illustré quotidien. 20, rue d’Enghien. Le Directeur-Rédacteur en chef» with additional address «L’Hermitage, par Vernon (Eure)». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Telegram from Devoyod to Colonna Romano, stamped «Paris 12 8 37». Best wishes. Success is awaiting.
  • Autograph letter from ? to Colonna Romano, dated «4 août 1936». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Autograph letter from Edmond Sée to Colonna Romano, dated «Paris, le 2 août 1936», on letterhead «Association syndicale, professionnelle & mutuelle de la critique dramatique et musicale», with added address «Montfort l’Amaury S & O». Congratulates her for her decoration.
  • Autograph letter from Mary Marquet to Colonna Romano, dated «1936 Dimanche 9», on letterhead «Comédie française». Congratulates her for her decoration. Announces that she will get married, but it is still a secret.
  • Autograph letter from Georges Pioch [?] to Colonna Romano and her husband, dated «dimanche 12/5/40», with address «210, rue de Rivoli». Discusses the actors’s interpretation of a play by Racine.
  • 2 press clippings (one is a photocopy) on Colonna Romano’s career

Letters to Georges Ancey and James Sanders

  • Autograph letter from Léon Christian [?] to Georges Ancey, dated «Alexandrie, 2 août 98». Tells about the success of L’École des veufs. Asks for permission to play La dupe. Is working hard and they are staging mostly the répertoire of the Théâtre Libre. Hopes to see the Anceys in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from Gustave Toudouze to Georges Ancey, dated «Château de Kermann’goz en Trégastel, par Lannion (Côtes du Nord), Vendredi 11 septembre 1896». Will soon publish an illustrated novel about Camaret. Is asking Ancey to lend some photographs of the region and of the village to the illustrator, for inspiration. Note: this letter was published by J. Sanders by Les Cahiers de l’Iroise, no 161, février 1994. Offprints in the dossier.
  • Autograph letter from Gustave Toudouze to Georges Ancey, dated «Paris 50 rue de Moscou, mercredi 11 décembre 1901». Likes the play Ces Messieurs very much. It is a shame that it has been censored.
  • Photograph of Gustave Toudouze in Camaret (1903 – as to a note at the back of the photograph – sent to J. Sanders by Toudouze’s son – see letter of 18 juin 1952).
  • Autograph letter from Georges G. Toudouze to J. Sanders, dated «6 mai 1952», on letterhead «Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques, 9, 11, 11bis rue Ballu, Paris (9e). Tel: Trinite 44-97». Will be happy to meet with J. Sanders, at his office, to discuss Georges Ancey.
  • Autograph letter from Georges G. Toudouze to J. Sanders, dated «18 juin 1952», on letterhead «Préfecture de la Seine – Musée Carnavalet. 23, rue de Sévigné. Paris IIIe. Société de l’histoire du costume» - with envelope, not stamped, on letterhead «Préfecture de la Seine». Is sending a photograph of his father, Gustave Toudouze, taken in Camaret in 1903.
  • Autograph letter from Georges G. Toudouze to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 29 juin 52», on letterhead «République française. Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Préfecture de la Seine». Sends two books written by his father on Camaret (Péri en mer, Le bâteau des sorcières). Has no copy of his own book on Camaret but sends the address of his publisher.
  • Typed letter from Georges G. Toudouze to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 7 juillet 1955», on letterhead «Société mutualiste des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques. Le Secrétaire général Georges G. Toudouze», with envelope stamped «Paris, 7-7-1955», on letterhead «Société mutualiste des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques». Is going away, will not be able to see Sanders just yet. Maybe in September, if Sanders is still in Paris.

Léon Deffoux- various letters and documents (photocopies)

  • Photocopied photograph of Léon Deffoux
  • Handwritten note card from Alain Barbier Sainte Marie, dated 5-X-06, attached to a photocopied article by Alain Barbier Sainte Marie: "Léon Deffoux (1881-1944)", Cahiers Edmond et Jules de Goncourt, n° 3, 1996, pp. 104-112.
    -2 copies of a photocopied letter from André Billy to Lucien Descaves about Léon Deffoux’s suicide , dated March 19, 1945.
  • Handwritten letter (plus 1 photocopy of the letter) from Alain Barbier Sainte Marie to James Sanders, dated 10- XI- 2006. Includes envelope and photocopy of a letter written by Léon Deffoux, dated May 18, 1929.
  • Photocopied letters (24) and postcards (2) from Auriant to Deffoux, 1927-1939.
  • Photocopied article written by Auriant entitled "Mme Bovary, née Colet." From L'Actualité Littéraire, May 27, 1936.
  • Photocopied letters (6) from René Dumesnil to Deffoux, 1919-1931.
  • Photocopied letters (19) from publisher G. Crès to Deffoux (with documents – photocopies – pertaining to his bankruptcy), 1924-1936
  • Photocopied article by André Billy about Deffoux. From L'Alliance Littéraire, November 1930, pp. 19-21.

biographical documents: Léon Deffoux

Various biographical documents of interest:

  • 3 pages of advertising material for two books by Deffoux, Un logis de J.-K. Huysmans (1 copy), and Le naturalisme (2 copies)
  • 4 press clippings about his career ranging from 1929-1937
  • 1 small portrait of Léon Deffoux designed by Jean Lébédeff, french engraver
  • 1 photocopy of Léon Deffoux’s handwritten and typed c.v.
  • 1 offprint of an article written by J. Sanders, "Léon Deffoux (1881-1944), échotier et historiographe du naturalisme," Cahiers Naturalistes, vol. 81, 2007, pp. 259-272
  • 1 undated, untitled document (typed) about Deffoux’s career, probably by J. Sanders, may be a draft of the previous article
  • 1 excised article on Léon Deffoux by André Billy from L'Alliance litteraire, November 1930, pp. 19-22.
  • 1 letter from the Institut de France acknowledging receiving a copy of Deffoux’s book