Materials in the McHugh family collection chiefly represent Frank McHugh's early theater days. Frank McHugh's scrapbook contains clippings and programs from McHugh family performances from 1917-1920. Also in the collection are twenty-two daily planners that belonged to Frank. These date from 1909-1930, and document Frank's travels around the country with his family and with touring companies. The earliest of these are particularly interesting because Frank would have been only eleven years old at the time of their writing. Of chief interest in the collection are Ed McHugh's memoirs, which were discovered then researched, edited and published by family members. The memoirs, given the title
Human Hearts: Episodes in the Life of the McHugh Theatrical Family, chronicle the entire family history and give a remarkable insight into theater life.
This collection would be of great value to any researcher interested in vaudeville and Western Pennsylvania theater history.