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MS Thr 549

Davidge, William Pleater, 1814-1888. William Pleater Davidge collection of photographs, circa 1867-1922: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 549
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Davidge, William Pleater, 1814-1888.
Title: William Pleater Davidge collection of photographs
Date(s): 1867-1922.
Quantity: 3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographs of the Davidge family and theatrical people collected by William Pleater Davidge and other members of the Davidge family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

69M-147. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund from Mr. and Mrs. William B. Davidge, 223 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York 11701. Purchased through Barbara Falk, P.O. Box 87, 58 New Street, Huntington, New York 11743; received: 1970 March.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Monique Duhaime, with the assistance of Melanie Wisner and Bonnie B. Salt
Collection was partially listed by box many years before finding aid was created. Organization by box number was retained to produce this finding aid. Collection is only minimally processed as many photographs remain unidentified.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Pleater Davidge Collection of Photographs, circa 1867-1922 (MS Thr 549). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also: William Pleater Davidge Papers (bMS Thr 283) and William Pleater Davidge Additional Papers (2006MT-126r).

Biographical / Historical

William Pleater Davidge (1814-1888) was an English-born comic actor, dramatist, and author who emigrated to the United States in 1850. His son, William Thomas Davidge (1847-1899) was also a comic actor and was married to actress Maggie Harold Davidge (1852-1907).


Arranged by box number, then alphabetically by name of subject of image. Unidentified photographs are at end of each box listing.

Scope and Contents

Includes portraits, group portraits, photographs, tintypes, cabinet photographs, cartes-de-visite, lithographs, and printed images of the Davidge family and other actors and actresses. Collection of images are primarily from late 19th-century, with some earlier and later.

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