The Ernest Truex collection consists of printed material, photographs, correspondence, manuscripts, scrapbooks, legal materials, and other materials.
Printed material consists of newspaper clippings, playbills, advertising cards, tour schedules, and reviews related to his career as a stage actor from 1895 to 1965, including: newspaper clippings about his 1895 performance in Hamlet; a Boston playbill and playbill for the 1975 revival of Very Good Eddie (1915); news clippings of reviews, magazine tearsheets of reviews, cast photos and sketches, and brochure with summary of plot and dialogue of Good Morning Bill (1927); and playbills and newspaper clippings about A Very Rich Woman (1965). The series also includes printed material related to Truex’s film career from 1913 to 1965, including: newspaper clippings, a press book, and advertising aids for Come On In (1918); and news clippings, a magazine article including cast photos for Whistling in the Dark (1933). Also included are materials relating to his career in radio and television from 1949 to 1959, including: news clippings and magazine articles about the 1949 television show The Truex Family, and magazine tearsheets with caricatures of Truex from The Ann Sothern Show (1958 to 1959). The series also includes obituraries on Truex’s death in 1973.
Photographs consist of an extensive collection of images of Truex during his career in stage performances, film, and television. Included are a photograph of Treux at age five playing Hamlet in 1895, a photograph of Truex with Lillian Russel from Wildfire (1908), a cast photo of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1910), photographs of Truex in costume for The Fall Guy (1925), a photograph of Truex as Kinesias in Lysistrata (1930), photographs of Truex with other cast members in Whistling in the Dark (1932), and images of Truex in costume in Henry VIII (1946), among others.
Correspondence consists of letters both personal and professional in nature, including family letters ranging from 1899 to 1918, contract letters from 1907 to 1925, and letters dating from 1947 to 1953 regarding the estate of Ida M. Truex. Also included are personal letters relating to Truex ranging from 1920 to 1985, with notable correspondents including David Belasco, Robert Benchley, Sylvia Field, Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin, Frank McHugh, and Gloria Swanson. Also included are letters of condolence following Truex’s death in 1973.
Manuscripts include a holograph copy of “The Advance of a Child Actor” (1916) by Julian Milford, a script from the 1949 television show The Truex Family, and a typescript copy of an article by Truex titled “Tips on Acting” (1950).
Legal materials include the passport of Ida M. Truex, issued in 1927; Truex’s family passports for his wife and sons issued in 1928; and Truex’s passports from 1928 and 1958.