Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


Brisac mss., ca. 1875–1903, consist of the collected papers, correspondence and memorabilia of Norline Frederick Brisac, a California born, globe–trotting, would–be actor and bon vivant whose irresponsible life style earned the disapproval of his wealthy father, who eventually refused to continue to fund his son's "educational expenses."

The collection includes letters from friends and family members arguing over Brisac's unwillingness to attend to his obligations, a small manuscript journal in Arabic, bills, Christmas cards, newspaper clippings, printed documents connected to his studies at Santa Clara College in California, and souvenirs from his brief marriage to actress Mary Shaw, including a pair of her shoe buckles and a piece of bead work appliqué. The addresses on the correspondence reveal his travels to a variety of exotic locations: Paris, Malta, San Francisco, Boston, Heidelberg, and Peru among others.

Acquired: 2009

Collection size: 90 items

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