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Roger Imhof vaudeville collection

 Collection
Call Number: MS 121

Overview

The papers of Roger Imhof, a comedian in vaudeville and burlesque, encompass Imhof's professional theater career through scripts, song lyrics, scrapbooks, periodicals, and personal materials such as photographs and correspondence.

Dates

  • 1836 - 1952

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Roger Imhof

Frederick Roger Imhoff (later Imhof) was born August 15, 1875 in Rock Island, Illinois. Imhof entered show business in the 1890s, initially as a clown with the Mills Orton Circus and then in comedic contortion and acrobatic burlesque acts with Charles Osborne.

In the early 1900s, Imhof paired up with Hugh Conn as a two-man act. The duo was soon joined by Marcelle Corinne (sometimes written Correen), who also married Imhof around 1913. In addition to touring as Imhof, Conn & Corinne, Imhof toured with a number of larger vaudeville and burlesque companies, including Robie's Knickerbockers.

Imhof became a film actor in Hollywood during the industry's early years, and is credited with 54 small roles in films from the 1930s through the 1950s. He also worked as a presenter and as an emcee. Imhof died in Hollywood, California on April 15, 1958 and is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park.

[Information retrieved from Find A Grave; Roger Imhof Vaudeville, variety, circus, and silent screen star scrapbooks, M0611, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.; and Vaudeville Old & New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, Volume 1, by Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, and Donald McNeilly.]

Extent

7.75 Linear Feet (20 document cases + 2 oversize boxes)

Scope and Contents

Roger Imhof's vaudeville collection comprises song lyrics and scripts by Imhof for vaudeville and burlesque plays, movies, and radio programs; scrapbooks relating to Imhof's theatrical career as well as his theatrical interests; works by other authors; periodicals about show business in Los Angeles and New York; programs; newspaper clippings; correspondence, including particularly with fellow vaudeville actor Joe Laurie, Jr.; and photographs. The collection has not been fully organized, so scripts and other materials related to a specific topic or story may be scattered throughout the collection.

Physical Location

MS 121

Physical Location

MS Q10

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Elvena M. Green, 1973.

Related Materials

Roger Imhof Vaudeville, variety, circus, and silent screen star scrapbooks, M0611, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Title
Guide to the Roger Imhof Collection
Subtitle
Roger Imhof vaudeville collection
Author
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1973. Finding aid encoded by vej, 2020.
Date
2020-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/2696245762
Preferred citation
Roger Imhof vaudeville collection, MS 121, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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