Every book and collection is fascinating, but I must admit this is one of my favorites. These massive (and extremely fragile) scrapbooks make up the Keith/Albee Vaudeville Theater Collection (MsC356).
The scrapbooks contain managers reports from various vaudeville theaters including lists of line ups for the acts that went on, and notes about how well the acts did with the audience. Pair that with the clipping books that have the advertising for the acts, and the financial records for the theaters, and together they make up a gold mine of reference material for researchers.
If that sounds fascinating, click through and read M. Alison Kibler’s Books at Iowa article, The Kieth/Albee Collection: The Vaudeville Industry, 1894-1935.
Know What You Like, and What You Don’t
Apparently, John F. Kennedy’s suit preferences were set in stone by the time he was elected President, as demonstrated in this letter to one G.H. Cook from Kennedy’s press secretary, Pierre Salinger. It’s true that outside of photos of Kennedy in uniform you don’t see depictions of him in anything other than single-breasted jackets. I don’t know what Cook was suggesting, exactly, but it’s good to know that not all suggestions on what to wear (from constituents or girlfriends or sales associates) are right for you, and that advice on the subject can be gracefully declined.