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MS Thr 532

Wells, George Doane, collector. Wells collection of theatrical photographs, circa 1890-1930: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 532
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Wells, George Doane, collector.
Title: Wells collection of theatrical photographs,
Date(s): 1890-1930.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Portrait photographs of actors and actresses collected by George Doane Wells.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2004MT-44 (part only). Gift of Elizabeth Huidekouper Wells Stabler (sister of George Doane Wells); received: 1945 May 15.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Monique Duhaime, with the assistance of Melanie Wisner and Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Wells Collection of Theatrical Photographs, circa 1890-1930 (MS Thr 532). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Related materials held by the Harvard Theatre Collection include: the Wells collection on actors and actresses (*2004MT-0044); and George Doane Wells Manuscripts (*93M-235). Wells manuscripts are also part of the collection of the Harvard University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

George Doane Wells was born in Ohio in 1872, and was an 1894 graduate of Harvard College. He spent most of his life in Boston, Massachusetts as a bookbinder and book dealer.


Arranged into two series:

Scope and Contents

Primarily portrait photographs of American actors and actresses. Some group portraits and a few photographs of scenes from stage productions. If the photographer is known, it is listed in the note. Many items include manuscript annotations on verso. Some images are photomechanical prints.

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