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Emily Wakeman Hartley Collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Ashley Aberg
Finding Aid Date
March 29, 2023
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Note
Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 1870-1956 (Creation)


  • .5 Linear Feet (Whole)



  • Arrangement

    This collection is a single box arranged into a single series of materials.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Emily Wakeman Hartley was the daughter of Thaddeus Burr Wakeman, noted political philosopher and freethinker. Emily herself founded and managed the Stamford Theatre, an early pre-broadway tryout house through which many famous actors and playwrights or composers came through, including Gershwin's first broadway musical La-La Lucille, which played at the Stamford Theatre in 1919.

    "Ms. Hartley [was] a member of the Stamford Yacht Club, women's Club, vice-president of the Alumni Association of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts of New York. She [was] a strong believer in woman suffrage, having meen early taught the right of women to cote. Her parents were intimate friends of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Standon, and other pioneers in this movement." - Reproduced from "Encyclopedia of Connecticut Biography, Genealogical-Memorial" (1917)

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no conditions governing access to this material.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], The Emily Wakeman Hartley Collection, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection is primarily comprised of addressed envelopes to various members of the Wakeman family, including Emily, her sister Clara, her father T.B. Wakeman, and occasionally her mother addressed as Mrs. T.B. Wakeman. There are also photographs, although mostly unidentified, newspaper clippings, miscellaneous ephemera and printed matter, a July 1900 copy of McClure's Magazine, and two pages of rather beautiful small watercolors by Emily's sister Clara.