Date Published: 1903 to 1936
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Frank Allen Peake was born at Wayno Co., Ohio. Peake was primarily an inspirational platform entertainer for the Chautauqau Association and the Lyceum Bureau as a lecturer, Shakespearian reader, impersonator, humorist, cornetist, ventriloquist, vocal soloist, teacher, and Presbyterian minister. Highly popular in the mid and late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chautauqua and the lyceum movement were American-centered social organizations devoted to adult education, entertainment and culture with speakers, teachers, musicians, showmen, preachers, and specialists of the day. Peake appeared as an entertainer and lecturer at many Chautauqua and lyceum assemblies in the American mid-west and the southern states. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America.
The Frank Allen Peake archives collection contains approximately 220 pieces ranging in dates from 1903 to 1936 of correspondence and archival material.
The correspondence contains letters from family members, friends, members and representatives of Chautauqua, a publisher (The Christopher Publishing House), academics, financial companies, clergymen, and acquaintances. Some of Peake’s manuscripts include “Luther”, “Class of ‘28” (ts. poem), “Lecture: Taste and Its Means of Cultivation”, and “The Intermediate State”. An oddment in the archives is an anonymous religious ms. dated 7 May 1853: “`I wish above all that thou mayest prosper’ 3 John 2 verse”.
The archives are comprised of approximately 85 letters, a ledger of costs charged to students for lessons, 2 notebooks with ms. insertions, a file on the publication of Peake’s The Riddle of the Ages (1929), news clippings, posters and leaflets advertising Peake’s lecture and stage appearances, cards, and several manuscripts.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.