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Gracie Sue Ellen Davenport Fictional Letter to Franklin Perceval Ewing

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0896

James H. Ewing wrote this fictional letter from Miss Gracie Sue Ellen Davenport of Knoxville, Tennessee to Franklin Percival Ewing for Dr. Cooke's American Theatre History Class in 1977. Supposedly dated February 25, 1875, the letter discusses the opening of the Staub Opera House on October 1, 1872.

Dates

  • 1977 March 3

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

James H. Ewing wrote this fictional letter from Miss Gracie Sue Ellen Davenport of Knoxville, Tennessee to Franklin Percival Ewing for Dr. Cooke's American Theatre History Class in 1977. Supposedly dated February 25, 1875, the letter discusses the opening of the Staub Opera House on October 1, 1872.

Biographical/Historical Note

Knoxville's first opera house, Staub's Theater, opened on October 1, 1872 on the corner of Gay Street and Cumberland Avenue. The theater was named for its builder, Peter Staub, who went on to serve as mayor of Knoxville between 1874 and 1875. The theater often showcased prominent actors and theatrical companies. Later in the twentieth century, it showed primarily movies. Staub's Theater was torn down in 1960 to make way for a parking lot.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480