Roger Imhof vaudeville collection
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.
- 1836 - 1952
- Imhof, Roger, 1875-1958 (Person)
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.]
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Elvena M. Green, 1973.
- Guide to the Roger Imhof Collection
- Roger Imhof vaudeville collection
- Finding aid prepared by alh, 1973. Finding aid encoded by vej, 2020.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Roger Imhof vaudeville collection, MS 121, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas