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MS Thr 538

Playbill Inc. Playbill collection, 1924-1985: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 538
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Playbill Inc.
Title: Playbill Inc. Playbill collection,
Date(s): 1924-1985.
Quantity: 1 collection (18 linear feet (18 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of issues of the performance magazine and program, Playbill.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2007MT-83r. Various gifts received at various times.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Dennis Marnon with assistance from Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Playbill Inc. Playbill collection, 1924-1985 (MS Thr 538). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Playbill is a monthly American magazine for theatergoers available by subscription but primarily printed for distribution at specific shows. Playbill was first printed in 1884 for a theater on 21st Street in New York (N.Y.)., now published in New York for Broadway and off-Broadway productions and in many other U.S. cities. Monthly articles appear in all Playbills distributed everywhere reflecting new shows and performers in plays, musicals, and special attractions; Playbills also contain specific cast lists and biographies, photographs, and song and scene lists printed for the particular show. Playbill Inc. is a privately held company based in New York (N.Y.) and owned by the Birsh family since 1974.


Arranged alphabetically by theater name, then in forward or backward order chronologically. The number of unique dated issues is noted for each theater, as is the number of dated issues for which duplicates are present.

Scope and Contents

Issues of the performance magazine and program, Playbill, published by Playbill, Inc.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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