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MS Thr 548

Theatre Arts Monthly collection of photographs, circa 1900-1964: 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 548
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Theatre Arts Monthly collection of photographs,
Date(s): 1900-1964.
Quantity: 1 collection (10 linear feet (27 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are primarily in English.
Abstract: Photographs of theatrical persons, performances, and places from the archives of Theatre Arts Books which produced the magazines Theatre Arts Magazine, Theatre Arts Monthly, and Theatre Arts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Theatre Arts Books; received: 1985 November 27.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Amy Lang and Bonnie B. Salt, with the assistance of Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Theatre Arts Monthly Collection of Photographs, circa 1900-1964 (MS Thr 548). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Other portions of the Theatre Arts Monthly Collection have been cataloged into these additional finding aids:

Biographical / Historical

Theatre Arts Magazine (1916-1923), Theatre Arts Monthly (1924- October 1939), and Theatre Arts (November 1939-1964) were classic serial publications containing in-depth coverage of every aspect of the theatre world.


Arranged into the following series: These groupings were already established when collection was received in repository.

Scope and Contents

Collection primarily includes theatrically-related photographs used for the various publications produced by Theatre Arts Books. Includes some other types of images such as copy prints of drawings and other original artwork, a few letters, printed playbills, posters, and programs. At the end of the collection is a typescript topical bibliography listing articles from the Theatre Arts magazines, and a typescript cumulative index of the magazine by title and author from 1916-1948.
Images are of all types of productions including plays, movies, musical stage productions, ballets, folk dances, operas, music festivals, and others. Images depict individuals, groups of actors, costume designs, stage sets, still images from films, United States army shows, theatre buildings' interiors and exteriors, scenes from all types of productions, and others. The bulk of the material is primarily from the United States and Great Britain, but the scope is world-wide, also including France, Germany, Italy, and Russia, among others. Most photographs are labeled and include more information than is contained in this guide.

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