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MS Thr 198

Dibdin, Charles, 1745-1814. Charles Dibdin papers, 1776-1927: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 198
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Charles Dibdin papers,
Date(s): 1776-1927 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, compositions and others papers of English dramatist, actor and songwriter Charles Dibdin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

67M-158. Collected by Julian Marshall, Henry Phillips, and John Alexander Symington. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund; received: 1945 January.

Conditions Governing Use:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles Dibdin Papers, 1776-1927 (MS Thr 198). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Dibdin was an English dramatist, actor and songwriter. His son Charles Isaac Mungo Pitt Dibdin wrote plays and pantomimes, and owned and managed Sadler's Wells Theatre. A younger son, Thomas John Pitt Dibdin composed some 2,000 songs in the style of the elder Dibdin; his most successful dramatic work was the pantomime of Mother Goose.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Contains letters of Dibdin to various correspondents and to the Sadler's Wells Theatre; manuscripts with lyrics and music for several of Dibdin's works, as well as lists of his songs; playbills; copyright agreement between Dibdin and John Candell concerning Metamorphosis; and Dibdin's manuscripts of untitled plays. Also includes 94 drawings by Ann Dibdin Dacre for Dibdin's The Professional Life; and two letters from Charles and Thomas Dibdin.

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