The collection is formed by two, bound autograph albums and approximately 80 envelopes spanning 1877-1890. The albums are numbered II and III, but there is no indication of the whereabouts of I. Each album contains about 50 signatures, mostly theatrical people. Along with the albums are 80 envelopes, many imprinted with the theater address. The albums offer a representative sampling of leading American actors and actresses of the nineteenth century.
Some signatures are written on the album pages. The majority of the signatures are written on individual papers and pasted into the albums. Most of the autographs appear to have been received as a result of Miss Lagowitz's written requests. In some cases, the actor or actress wrote a letter in response to these requests. Several letters are included in the albums, and Miss Lagowitz retained the envelopes in which they were received as part of her collection. The return addresses on many of the envelopes indicate theaters or theatrical companies. Holographic notes on the envelopes list the sender and, occasionally, the date. Not every envelope corresponds to a autograph in the albums. Originally, there were probably three albums which would account for the disparity in autographs and envelopes. In 1886, Elizabeth Ponisi wrote: "A performance is to the rose, so is good nature to the lovely." Other autographs contained in the album include Edwin Booth, Mark Twain, George H. Broker, Creston Clarke, George Clarke, William H. Crane, Harry Edwards, Rose Eytinge, John Gilbert, Barton Hill, Bronson Howard, Lawrence Hutton, Stuart Robson, Mrs. Barney Williams, and William Winter.