This collection contains theatre pamphlets and other papers relating to Bernhardt's life and career. It contains the following papers dating during and after her lifetime:
Papers dating within Bernhardt's lifetime:
Home Chat: a weekly magazine for the home, vol. III, no. 30, 12 October 1895, containing 'The gentle art of making love: a talk with Madam Sarah Bernhardt'; programme for the 18th season of French plays, Royal Lyceum Theatre, London ; Cleopatra [Bernhardt edition], New York, 1890; signed programme, Matinee au benefice de l'Escadron de l'Union des Societies de Preparation Militaire de France, Theatre Sarah-Bernhardt, 1915; Bibliotheque de Madam Sarah Bernhardt, Paris 1923 (in two volumes) [catalogue of the library of Bernhardt, presumably for sale after her death in 1923]; cigarette or trade card of Bernhardt as Queen Elizabeth, 1914; three b/w photographs of Bernhardt as 'L' Aiglon' , n.d., 'La Voyante',1923, and in an unidentified role, n.d.; silk-covered programme for 'Good Samaritan' performance arranged by Bernhardt in aid of the French hospital of London, London Coliseum, containing photographs of royalty, notable personages and actors, 11 October 1913; song-cover for 'Quand-meme' (polka brillante, watlz, march etc.), dedicated to Bernhardt, n.d.; file of French, Australian and English theatre programmes, 1891-1914.
Papers post-dating Bernhardt's death:
Intermede, no. 1, spring 1946, containing article on Bernhardt by Jean-Louis Vaudoyer; Drama: the quarterly theatre review, summer 1959, containing article on Bernhardt by Gordon Craig; Sarah Bernhardt exhibition catalogue, Ferrers Gallery, London, 1973; paper bag featuring reproduction poster for campaign 'Save the Gaumont [Theatre]' and including bill for Bernhardt performances, n.d. [late 20th c.]; envelope of assorted newscuttings, articles, notes and extracts relating to the life of Bernhardt, 1950s-1960s; bill for 'La Samaritaine', Theatre de la Renaissance, Paris, n.d. [colour reproduction]; file of newscuttings relating to Bernhardt, 1893-1971.