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Arthur W. Row Papers

Call Number: MS090

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the correspondence and published works of Arthur W. Row; prepublication material including annotated drafts; and theater-related books, photographs, ephemera and objects he collected. Ephemera include theater programs, scrapbooks, and clippings. Objects include stage costumes and jewelry.


  • 1864 -- 1938


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.


This collection is organized into one series.

Related Materials

More Arthur Row papers can be found at the Billy Rose Theatre Collection, the contents of which are listed on their website.


9 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Arthur William Row (1878-1961) was an actor, writer and director. Row was born in Montreal, Canada, on June 12 1878, and moved with his family to Boston, Massachusetts in 1893. Beginning at Tufts as a member of the class of 1901, he only attended Tufts in 1897-98 as a special student. He was a member of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity.

While at Tufts, he began writing dramatic criticism for Boston area news papers and started to act as an extra with Richard Mansfield in 'The Devil's Disciple.' He then joined the Castle Square Theatre stock company in 1898. Row wrote for various magazines including Harper's, Bellman Magazine, and Poet Lore; he was the press representative for Sarah Bernhardt's 1916 American tour about whom he wrote a series and then a book, 'Sarah The Divine.' "In 1919 he was a founder and director of the Afternoon Theatre where he produced Maurice Maeterlinck's Aglavaine and Selysette with Eva Le Gallienne and Clare Eames, Moliere's The School for Scandal and Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan."He wrote many laudatory accounts of actors as well as theatrical subjects, and played supporting roles for most of his stage life.

Custodial History

Around 2003, this artificial collection of Row papers was created pulling items from the Henry Y. Porter, Max Tennis and the Frank E. Fowle papers. An inventory of his collection exists, and while most of the items have been accounted for according to Row's inventory, it should be understood that some of the collection may still be mixed amongst Porter's papers particularly. Furthermore, some of his papers can also be found at the Billy Rose Theatre Collection in New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States