Bell Family Papers Edit


MS 11


  • 1870-1985 (Other)


  • 6.5 Linear feet (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    Arranged in three series and one addition: Series I. Bell Family Papers, 1870-1975. Series II. Edward André Bell, Jr. Papers, 1917- 1985. Series III. Harriet G. Inniss Papers, 1834-1979. Accession 2011-M-003, 1898-1969.

  • Biographical Sketch

    The Bells were Mexican vaudeville artists who performed between the 1890s and the 1920s. Heirs of England-born Richard Bell (1858-1911), the most popular clown in turn-of-the-century Mexico, the Bell family toured the world with their circus and vaudeville show. After becoming involved in filmmaking, the Bell Vaudeville company officially retired in 1926.

  • Scope and Content

    The papers document, largely with photographs, the careers of the members of the Bell Vaudeville company. Series I contains the photographs and other information on the Bell family, while series II and III are small collections of the personal papers of Edward André Bell, Jr. and his wife, Harriet Griffith Inniss, respectively.

  • Provenance

    Donated by Malcolm McLean.

  • Terms Governing USe

    Copyright has not been transferred to Texas Christian University

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval. Contact Special Collections staff.

  • Preferred Citation

    Bell Family Papers. Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University.