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MS Thr 568

Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980. John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 568
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980.
Title: John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia,
Date(s): 1916-1979.
Quantity: 1 collection (35 linear feet (70 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of twentieth century motion picture memorabilia collected by John Eldon Thayer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2004MT-70 and 2006MT-262r. Bequest of John Eldon Thayer, received: 1980.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Alexis Dinniman and Jennifer Lyons.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on this material.
A portion of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Eldon Thayer Collection of Motion Picture Memorabilia, 1916-1979 (MS Thr 568). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Eldon Thayer (1899-1980) collected motion picture memorabilia for almost 80 years during the twentieth century.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of photographs of actors as well as letters written by actors to Thayer. Actors featured in the photographs include Alan Alda, Fred Astaire, Tallulah Bankhead, Alec Guinness, Raquel Welch, and Vera Zorina. Letters include those written by Elsie Albert, Mignon Anderson, Maxine Elliot, Vivien Leigh, Walter Matthau, Leonard Nimoy, and Lillian Walker.
Thayer also complied a series of scrapbooks as well as collecting autographs in small blank books. Other materials collected by Thayer include clippings, motion picture posters, and realia.

General

A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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