Mary Dawson Papers
Scope and Contents Note
The papers of a stage and vaudeville star. Included are letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, and memorabilia concerning her family and her stage career. Included is a collection of love letters sent to her from 1911 to 1954; the majority are from the period 1911-1913. Included are letters or carbon copies of letters between Dee Fearon and Fifi (Mary Dawson) from 1974. Included is a collection of newspaper clippings about her daughter Dolores Dawson. Included also is a collection of newspaper clippings about the death in 1941 of Joe Penner, a comedian, and a signed letter from Barbara Walters.
- Creation: 1911-1982
- Dawson, Mary, 1890-1982 (Person)
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Mary E. Dawson (nee Elizabeth Buzby) was born in 1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died in 1982 in Florida. She was the daughter of a Philadelphia policeman. She performed some of her first dancing routines in Old Town, Maine, in 1905. She became known in the entertainment world as Mademoiselle Fifi. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, but spent many years touring the world. During the 1920's she was a headliner at the Minsky burlesque houses in New York. Her daughter Dolores Dawson Salazar was a dancer and actress and owner along with her husband Mickey Salazar of the Pink Pussycat Lounge in North Palm Beach, Florida.
1 folio folder
Language of Materials
The papers of a stage and vaudeville star. Included are letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, and memorabilia concerning her family and her stage career.
Organization and Arrangement
Large newspaper clippings are located in folio folder.
Mary Dawson sent her letters and memorabilia to Dee Fearon who was an editor for Elderberry Times, a weekly newspaper in Old Town, Maine published in 1974.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Deposited by Dee Fearon in 1974.
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