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MS Thr 182-182.1

Toole, John Lawrence, 1830-1906, collector. John Lawrence Toole autograph collection: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Thr 182-182.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Toole, John Lawrence, 1830-1906, collector.
Title: John Lawrence Toole autograph collection,
Date(s): 1750-1903 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.33 linear feet (3 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph album and correspondence of English actor and theatrical manager John Lawrence Toole.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*66M-62-*66M-62.1. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund from Emily Driscoll, 115 East 40th Street, New York, New York 10016; received: 1966 November 30.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Lawrence Toole Autograph Collection (MS Thr 182-182.1). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Toole was an English actor and theatrical manager.


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Scope and Contents

An autograph collection possibly compiled by Toole containing letters and portraits of eighteenth and nineteenth-century English actors and playwrights. Includes engravings of Guiseppe De Begnis, John Fawcett, Charles Mathews, Benjamin Wrench as Benedick in Much ado about nothing, watercolor of [John] Liston as Paul Pry by J. Clayton Clarke, and a signed photograph of Toole, among other portraits. Also includes letters to Toole from Henry William George Paget Anglesey, Charles James Mathews, Benjamin Webster, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, John Baldwin Buckstone, Shirley Brooks, Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, Lawrence Barrett, James Robertson Planché, and William Ewart Gladstone, among others. Also includes letters by Charles Dickens, among other correspondence.
The autograph album lacks pp. 36, 187, 188; there is no page numbered 175.

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