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MS Thr 678

Reinhardt, Max, 1873-1943, collector. Max Reinhardt collection of costume and set designs by various artists, 1903-1934: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pf cases
Call No.: MS Thr 678
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Reinhardt, Max, 1873-1943, collector.
Title: Max Reinhardt collection of costume and set designs by various artists,
Date(s): 1903-1934.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box) processed [and pf cases unprocessed])
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: A collection of set and costume designs collected by Austrian manager and director, Max Reinhardt.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Purchased from collector's widow, Helene Thimig; received: 1951.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Only 1 box has been processed and is part of this finding aid as of April 2011. The part of the collection housed in pf cases has not yet been listed.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Max Reinhardt Collection of Costume and Set Designs by Various Artists, 1903-1934 (MS Thr 678). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Austrian actor, manager, and director, Ernest Julian Reinhardt (1876-1954) was a creative innovator in scenery and staging. He produced plays and spectacles in Germany, Austria, England and the United States and founded the Salzburg Festival in 1920.


Maske and Kothurn, 19. Jahrgang/1973, Heft 3, "Bühnenbild- und Kostümentwürfe für das Theater Max Reinhardts," by Otto G. Schindler, p. 202-242.


Arranged in HTC drawing number order.

Scope and Contents

The full collection consists of ca. 240 original costume and set designs by various artists associated with Reinhardt for productions in Berlin, Munich and Vienna.
The portion processed includes 9 costume design drawings by designer Ernst Stern (1876-1954) for Max Reinhardt productions at the Kammerspiele of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, Germany. Plays arethe 1907 production of Friedrich Hebbel's Gyges und sien Ring and a 1908 production of Johann Nestroy's Revolution in Krähwinkel = Freiheit in Krähwinkel.

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