Arthur W. Row papers, 1864-1938


Title: Arthur W. Row papers
Dates: 1864-1938
Creator: Row, Arthur William
Call Number: MS090
Size: 8.40 cubic ft.
    Digital Collection and Archives, Tufts University


This collection contains the correspondence and published works of Arthur W. Row; prepublication material including annotated drafts; and theater-related books, photographs, ephemera and objects he collected. Ephemera include theater programs, scrapbooks, and clippings. Objects include stage costumes and jewelry.


Historical or Biographical Note

Arthur William Row (1878-1961) was an actor, writer and director. Row was born in Montreal, Canada, on June 12 1878, and moved with his family to Boston, Massachusetts in 1893. Beginning at Tufts as a member of the class of 1901, he only attended Tufts in 1897-98 as a special student. He was a member of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity.

While at Tufts, he began writing dramatic criticism for Boston area news papers and started to act as an extra with Richard Mansfield in 'The Devil's Disciple.' He then joined the Castle Square Theatre stock company in 1898. Row wrote for various magazines including Harper's, Bellman Magazine, and Poet Lore; he was the press representative for Sarah Bernhardt's 1916 American tour about whom he wrote a series and then a book, 'Sarah The Divine.' "In 1919 he was a founder and director of the Afternoon Theatre where he produced Maurice Maeterlinck's Aglavaine and Selysette with Eva Le Gallienne and Clare Eames, Moliere's The School for Scandal and Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan."He wrote many laudatory accounts of actors as well as theatrical subjects, and played supporting roles for most of his stage life.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Use Restrictions

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Collection History


Around 2003, this artificial collection of Row papers was created pulling items from the Henry Y. Porter, Max Tennis and the Frank E. Fowle papers. An inventory of his collection exists, and while most of the items have been accounted for according to Row's inventory, it should be understood that some of the collection may still be mixed amongst Porter's papers particularly. Furthermore, some of his papers can also be found at the Billy Rose Theatre Collection in New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Arthur W. Row letters, periodicals, photographs and books, 1864-1938

    This series includes some letters concerning props rental for various productions as well as playbills from its productions. It includes many of the rejection letters for Row's biography of Sarah Bernhardt, which was eventually published in 1957. Also in the collection are various prepublication materials including notes for the Bernhardt book and annotated drafts of magazine articles by Arthur Row. Includes cards and letters from such figures as David Belasco, Willa Cather, John Drew, Raymond Massey and Ellen Terry. Plays found in box two were probably directed or adapted by him. Box three includes periodicals for which Row has written, books he owned, and a comprehensive inventory list of his collection. Box four includes a comprehensive collection of production photographs from Morris Gest's production of The Miracle, and pictures of Row himself. All in alphabetical order according to his inventory, or by file. Box five includes typed manuscript pages of "The Divine Sarah," poems, and other musings. Sorted into folders, but not organized. Box eighteen includes periodicals for which Row has written, books he owned, and a comprehensive inventory list of his collection.