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Collection Overview

Glaser, Lulu, 1874-1958
Lulu Glaser Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1821-1966 (mostly 1895-1917)
95 boxes and 56.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-94; 41A; 41B


The Lulu Glaser Papers contains various artifacts, letters, photographs, and other items belonging to Lulu Glaser, a popular singer and actress during the early 1900s. Glaser starred in a couple Broadway plays in the 1890s and later opened the Lulu Glaser Opera Company in 1900, where she produced a number of operas before retiring from performing in 1917. Collection includes materials relating to Glaser's many productions as well as offers insights into her personal life before and after retirement.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of various artifacts, letters, photographs, and other items belonging to Lulu Glaser, including production files and family papers.


Organized into the following series:

Each series contains a number of boxes relevant to that topic. Boxes 1-56 were organized first, while boxes 57-92 were added to the collection at later dates. The first 56 boxes are in alphabetical or chronological order under their respective topics. The additional 36 boxes are also in alphabetical or chronological order; but, although they may be under the same topic headings, they are ordered separately from the first 56 boxes.

Collection Creator Biography:

Glaser, Lulu, 1874-1958

Lulu Glaser (1874-1958) was an American actress and singer, who first appeared on Broadway in 1891 as the lead in The Lion Tamer. She later went on to perform in other Broadway shows, including The Merry Monarch and Erminie.

In 1900, Glaser opened the Lulu Glaser Opera Company, which organized productions, such as Sweet Anne Page, Dolly Varden, Madcap Princess, Miss Dolly Dollars, The Aero Club, Lola from Berlin, The Merry Widow, The Girl from the States, and The Girl and the Kaiser. Dolly Varden, her second production, was the most successful. In 1911, after her final production, Miss Dudlesack, Glaser left the theater.

Glaser then appeared in two silent films, Love's Pilgrimage to America (1915) and How Molly Made Good (1916) before she retired from performing in 1917.

Collection History


All of Lulu Glaser's belongings were sent to her sister-in-law upon her death; when her sister-in-law passed away in 1981, Princeton University purchased the entire collection.

Additional material was transferred from the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library in 2010 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary Ann Jensen, Janet Begnoche, Caterina Teuscher in 2001 and Joanna Polyn in 2002. Finding aid written by Mary Ann Jensen, Janet Begnoche, Caterina Teuscher in 2001 and Joanna Polyn in 2002.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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:

Lulu Glaser Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-94; 41A; 41B