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MS Thr 444

Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878. Samuel Phelps papers, 1835-1886 (MS Thr 444): 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 444
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878.
Title: Samuel Phelps papers
Date(s): 1835-1886 (inclusive), 1843-1871 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Professional and personal correspondence, scripts, and promptbooks of English actor and theater manager Samuel Phelps.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-145. Source unknown.
2016MT-81. Gift of Jane and Bernard McNamee and family, 2017 June.

Processing Information:

A portion of this collection is uncataloged (Series IV-V).

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Samuel Phelps Papers, 1835-1886 (MS Thr 444). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Phelps, a noted tragedian, took over the management of Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, in 1843, and presented a series of major Shakespearean revivals. His productions were notable for their pageantry as well as for Phelps' efforts to restore the Shakespearean text.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, both professional and personal, the bulk being to his wife and children; manuscript actors' sides; promptbooks; printed scripts and part books; writings by Phelps; and miscellaneous material relating to his theatrical career and personal life.

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