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MS Thr 430

Armistead, Horace. Horace Armistead costume and set designs, 1940-1969: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: pf
Call No.: MS Thr 430
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Armistead, Horace.
Title: Horace Armistead costume and set designs
Date(s): 1940-1969.
Quantity: 4 linear feet (273 designs, 4 letters, 1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Costume and set designs for various plays, ballets, and operas by the American designer Horace Armistead.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-128. Gift of Julian Armistead, Apt. 18-H East, 1619 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10028; received: 1982 June.
2016MT-77. Gift of Virgil C. Johnson, Cara Shubin Gans, and Carole Lee Carroll, 2017 April 20.

Processing Information:

One accession series, 2016MT-77, is minimally processed.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Horace Armistead Costume and Set Designs, 1940-1966 (MS Thr 430). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Armistead (1898-1980) was an American costume and set designer.


Arranged in series by accessions; first series is further arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Contents

A collection of costume and set designs by Armistead for various plays, ballets, and operas, including the original productions of Menotti's The Consul, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, and Balanchine's 1953 production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Designs for several Loeb Drama Center productions are also included. Related printed material and four letters from Stravinsky supplement the designs.

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