Donald Robertson papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1825–1947
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

3.75 linear feet of material consisting of incoming letters to Robertson, manuscript poetry and plays by Robertson, 6 scrapbooks pertaining to Robertson's career and miscellaneous items; plus a diary, autograph book, and letter relating to the family of his wife Anna Titus, an actress. Correspondents include Hamlin Garland, Louis H. Sullivan, and Lorado Taft.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Scotland, Donald Robertson arrived in the U.S. in 1873 and eventually formed his own acting company, the Donald Robertson Players.  Robertson was a stage actor, director, and one of the leading figures in the repertory movement in the American theater ca. 1900. Beginning in 1908, his company was based in Fullerton Hall of the Art Institute of Chicago.