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Sadie M. Fearen and A. Harry Chick Vaudeville Collection 1882-1933

MS 489

Collection Summary

Creator: Fearen, Sadie M.
Creator: Chick, A. Harry
Creator: Sadie M. Fearen Repertoire Company
Collection Name:Sadie M. Fearen and A. Harry Chick Vaudeville Collection,
Inclusive Dates: 1883-1933
Physical Description:2 linear feet
Abstract:Papers and photographs, 1889-1933, collected by the couple Sadie Fearen and Harry Chick vaudevillians from the Boston/New England area. Bulk of the collection includes theatre programs, cabinet card photographs of primarily east coast performers, White Rat Actors Union materials, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks
Collection Number:MS 489
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Married couple Sadie M. Fearen and A. Harry Chick, were vaudeville performers and managers of the Sadie M. Fearen Repertoire Company in the New England area during the early 1900. As performers they were known for their singing, talking, and dancing comedy act. Sadie was also known as the “La Petite Sadie M. Fearen. As mangers of the Sadie M. Fearen Repertoire Company they would often preform and manage three act comedy plays such as Little Buckshot, Among the Breakers, and Triss, or Beyond the Rockies based on Western themes of mining and the 49ers. Some of the performers they managed for such plays include Fred Driscoll, Baby Irene Perry, and Richard H. Hogan. Touring the Boston and New England area they would play in theatres such as Bacon Hall in Somerville, MA as well as Natick, Woburn, and Winchester near the Boston area.

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of vaudeville materials collected by vaudevillians Sadie M. Fearen and A. Harry Chick with the bulk of the materials compiled between 1905-1915. The printed materials include actor union materials such as White Rats Actor Union cards and the constitution of the Actor’s International Union. Printed materials also include contracts, theatre programs, plays, actor business cards, and correspondence. The bulk of the photographic materials include cabinet cards of male and female vaudeville performers such as Ella Collins, Frankie Bell, N.S. Wood, and Joseph Jefferson. Publications include the New York Clipper, the Player, and Popular Vaudeville. There are also two scrapbooks compiled by Fearen and Chick documenting many of the Sadie M. Fearen Repertoire Company performances.


This collection is organized into 4 series.
Series I: Printed Material, 1889-1933
Series II: Photographic Material, circa 1900s
Series III: Photographic Material, 1882-1917
Series III: Photographic Material, circa 1905-1920



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Access Terms

Corporate Name(s)
White Rats of America

Blackface entertainers
Entertainers -- United States.
Theaters –- United States

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Sadie M. Fearen and A. Harry Chick Vaudeville Collection, (MS 489). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Printed Material, 1889-1933
This series is organized alphabetically and then by date. It contains Chick and Fearen documents as well as ephemeral materials relating to vaudeville.
11 Actors union, 1894-1914
12 Address book, undated
13 Business cards – actors and businesses, undated
14 Business cards – Chick and Fearen, undated
15 Contracts, undated
16 Correspondence, 1904-1914
17 Plays, 1889-1903, undated
18 Receipts, 1915
19 Theatre Programs, 1892-1915 undated
110 Theatre ticket stubs, circa 1905
111 Vaudeville clippings, 1909-1933
112 Vaudeville fliers and ephemera circa 1910
Series II: Photographs, circa 1900s
This series is organized alphabetically and then by date. The series primarily contains cabinet cards of identified and unidentified actors.
113 Performance stills undated
114 Performers, female – identified undated
115 Performers, female – stereoviews undated
116 Performers, female – unidentified undated
117 Performers, groups – unidentified undated
21 Performers, male – identified undated
22 Performers, male – unidentified undated
23 Richard “Dick” Riley and groups undated
24 Theatre photographs circa 1910
25 Theatre postcards circa 1910
Series III: Publications, 1882-1917
Series organized alphabetically and then chronologically.
26 Burr McIntosh Monthly 1903-1905
31 New York Clipper May 20, 1917
32 Salvation Army Song 1882
33 Player, 1913, 1917
34 Popular Vaudeville, Noveber 1910
35 Show Stop, February 1913
Series VI: Scrapbooks, circa 1905-1915
This series is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. The bulk of the two scrapbooks include theatre fliers and newspaper clippings from the Sadie M. Fearen Repertoire Company. Series includes titles of plays performed, actors, as well as theatre locations. The latter scrapbook primarily contains theatre booking contracts and ephemeral materials.
36 Theaters, circa 1905
37 Theatres, circa 1915
41 Vaudeville ephemera and booking contracts, circa 1910s