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McIntyre, James, 1857-1937



  • Existence: 1857 - 1937

As a child, James McIntyre (1857-1937) sang and danced for train passengers as he sold candy. By 1873 he had toured with the McKenzie circus, the Burton and Ridgeway minstrels, the Katie Putnam Troupe, and the Great Transatlantic circus. He married Emma Maude Young (1862-1935), a dancer with the Katie Putnam Troupe. Soon after he met Thomas Kurton Heath (1853-1938) in 1874, they developed a blackface tramp minstrel act which remained popular for nearly fifty years.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

McIntyre and Heath Archive

Identifier: MS133
Abstract The McIntyre and Heath Archive contains the files of the vaudeville partnership of James McIntyre and Thomas Heath, which spanned more than five decades from 1874 until 1927. It includes contracts for bookings, wage reports, scripts for productions, photographs, handbills and posters, sheet music, clippings, and correspondence. McIntyre wrote detailed letters to his wife, Maude, which included news about his theatre engagements, travel, finances, and health. Production scripts include "Georgia...
Dates: 1878-1936