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Joseph Jefferson

Joseph Jefferson, commonly known as Joe Jefferson (February 20, 1829 – April 23, 1905), was an American actor. He was the third actor of this name in a family of actors and managers, and one of the most famous of all 19th century American comedians. Jefferson was particularly well known for his adaptation and portrayal of Rip Van Winkle on the stage, reprising the role in several silent film adaptations. After 1865, he created no other major role and toured with this play for decades.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 20th, 1829 (Philadelphia), Died April 23rd, 1905 (Palm Beach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1904

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, author


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 698 7-in. 12/27/1897 The toast Joseph Jefferson Recitation speaker, author  
Berliner 699 7-in. 1/4/1898 The reverie Joseph Jefferson Recitation speaker, author  
Columbia 1468 10-in. ca. 1903 Scene in the mountains Joseph Jefferson Recitation speaker  
Columbia 1469 10-in. ca. 1903 Rip meets Meenie after twenty years absence Joseph Jefferson Recitation speaker  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jefferson, Joseph," accessed August 2, 2021,

Jefferson, Joseph. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from

"Jefferson, Joseph." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

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