In addition to posting transcriptions of news stories related to nineteenth-century child performers in the Performer Directory, we have compiled detailed biographies for a select group of children. These performers lived fascinating lives and, while their experiences are not necessarily typical of all child performers, their biographies highlight the challenges that many encountered as well as the opportunities they enjoyed.

Thanks to Molly Thomas and Anthony Sansonetti for preparing these biographies.

Boone Children

Master Joseph Burke

El Nino Eddie

Fanny Davenport

Dollie Dutton

Mary Gannon

Bijou Heron

Marion Macarthy

Master Julian Reed

James Robinson

Rosina Shaw

Sallie St. Clair

Sallie Stickney

Helen Western

Lucille Western




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