Special Collections. C.W. Post Campus / Long Island University, Brookville, New York 11548

Archives of the Joseph Cameron Cross Theatre Collection

Joseph Cameron Cross. At Home. Ritz Carlton. New York. nd
Joseph Cameron Cross. At Home. Ritz Carlton. New York. [nd]


Selected Joseph Cameron Cross Theatre Collection Finding Aids:
Viola Allen Correspondence
Fred Allen Correspondence to Joseph Cameron Cross
Mixed Correspondence



The Joseph Cameron Cross Theater Collection contains over 300 letters, 50 theater programs, many Christmas cards, postcards, articles, and a great many theatrical photographs. All chronicle the time periods of the early 20th century and the 1940's and 1950's.

The letters are written by such notables as the actors Viola Allen (also a major recipient of letters) and John Gielgud; writers such as Ambrose Bierce, Booth Tarkington, and Hall Caine; the ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn; the comedian Fred Allen; and many others.

In conjunction with these letters there are photographs, both signed and unsigned, of many of these principals, and especially Viola Allen. The beautiful Miss Allen was a leading American actress circa 1890 to 1910. She played Shakespearean roles, modern comedies, and many popular plays of the day, including a dramatization of Hall Caine's novel, The Eternal City.

We are currently working on the Joseph Cameron Cross Theater Collection, and invite you to revisit this site again soon.


Exhibit Poster: March 26 - May 13, 2012