Research and Study Collection of Ephemera
The Research and Study Collection of Ephemera contains materials related to Frank Lackteen, Marrie Bayrooty, the Morning Tribune of Detroit, Michigan, the Lebanese government’s 1955 “Summer of Emigrants” program, and other topics in Lebanese emigration.
Frank Lackteen, born in Lebanon in 1897, acted in a variety of American silent and Western films. As a child, he immigrated to the United States and worked at a textile mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, before becoming an actor. Marrie Bayrooty was a circus performer who worked with the Bayrooty Brothers Oriental Troupe in the Barnum and Bailey Circus sideshow. In 1905, she spun on her heels and toes for 32 minutes straight, breaking the record for human twirling. In 1955, the Lebanese government launched a tourism initiative titled the “Summer of Emigrants,” which encouraged members of the Lebanese diaspora to visit their homeland.
The Research and Study Collection of Ephemera includes talent cards of Marrie Bayrooty and related circus performers, photographs of Frank Lackteen, newspaper clippings in Arabic from the Detroit Morning Tribune and The Arab-American Message, postcards, a flyer for a Muslim youth camp in California, commemorative stamps from Lebanon, and an envelope and letter addressed to Nadim Attallah.
This collection is a part of a larger collection that has been divided into more specific collections.