Vaudeville Wars


How the Keith-Albee and Orpheum Circuits Controlled the Big Time and Its Performers
written by Arthur Frank Wertheim, published by Palgrave Macmillan

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Arthur Frank Wertheim Biography
Arthur Frank Wertheim has written several books on 20th Century American culture, including The New York Little Renaissance and Radio Comedy. He has also co-edited with Barbara Bair three volumes of the Papers of Will Rogers and edited Will Rogers at the Ziegfeld Follies and American Popular Culture. A former American history professor at the University of Southern California and other universities, as well as an administrator at the University of California, Los Angeles, his awards include a Fulbright grant to teach at the University of Indonesia.

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The author supports the January 2003 American Historical Association's (AHA) Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct regarding scholarly integrity in regard to sources: "All historians believe in honoring the integrity of the historical record... Honoring the historical record also means leaving a clear trail for subsequent historians to follow. This is why scholarly apparatus in the form of bibliographies and annotations (and associated institutional repositories like libraries, archives, and museums) is so essential to the professional practice of history... Historians should practice their craft with integrity. They should honor the historical record. They should document their sources. They should acknowledge their debts to the work of other scholars."
Arthur Frank Wertheim in front of last Orpheum Theater

Author in Front of the
last Los Angeles Orpheum

In keeping with the AHA standards, the material on this website includes the complete notes for primary and secondary sources as well as the complete bibliography. In so doing, the author hopes that the information benefits future researchers.