Contents and Arrangement

Henry W. Prinz Photograph Album, 1911-1923

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Warning

Some of the photographs in this album feature minstrel shows with performers in blackface. A few photographs of performers and entertainers have captions containing descriptions that include ableist language.

Scope and Contents

Consists of a photograph album belonging to Henry W. Prinz (sometimes spelled Prince in the album). He was an actor and performer with one or several traveling circus or entertainer groups, and from 1918-1919 served with the 6th Squad, 3rd Platoon, Company C of the 311th Engineers in France during World War I. Before he was drafted in 1917, he was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota working for J. A. Dickerson, likely the owner of "Dickerson Cafe's Famous Cabaret Entertainers."

The album contains photographs from between 1911-1923, but the photographs are not arranged in any particular chronology or order. The album contains photographs of colleagues, other performers and entertainers, friends, family members, and fellow service members intermixed with one another. There are small thematic groupings of photographs on a single page or across two pages; for example, a page of photographs from Prinz's service in WWI, followed by two pages of friends and fellow performers. A number of the photographs of performers and other soldiers are autographed with wishes for success; a few are publicity stills of actors or performers from vaudeville, revues, and other parts of popular entertainment in the early 1900s.

The album begins with photographs of Eugene J. Murphy and Miss Lynn Yoder, during their 1912-1913 rookie season. Some other traveling groups or fairs in the album include T. I. Cash Players, possibly performing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; the Tri-State Exposition Show in Lafayette, Louisiana; an Al Nelson show in Roseau, Minnesota; A Girl of the Plains in Sisseton, North Dakota; and the Dickerson Cafe's Famous Cabaret Entertainers. One of these performance groups feature minstrel shows with performers in Blackface. Photographs of Prinz's military service in France are at Camp Jalot, Perigueux, and Montpönt.

A few pages of the album contain photographs of Indigenous people, events, and scenes of Standing Rock Reservation in Fort Yeats, North Dakota. A couple of the captions for these photographs contain racist language.

The photograph album has two small keys and Prinz's dog tags attached. The inside cover of the album is inscribed, "Henri W. Prince / August 15, 1922 / Sioux Falls, So. Dak." Some of the photographs contain captions, though some of these inscriptions have worn away. Some of the photographs have been removed.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from Kevin Jackson in September 2022 (AM 2023-100).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

These materials were processed and described by Amy C. Vo in September 2023.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Henry W. Prinz Photograph Album; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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