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MS Thr 567

Photographs of the Chicago opera, circa 1910-1932: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b [Shelved with photographs on P1, range 6]
Call No.: MS Thr 567
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of the Chicago opera,
Date(s): 1910-1932.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographs of opera performers of the Chicago opera (circa 1910-1932) and a few photographs of scenes and buildings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Photographs of the Chicago Opera, circa 1910-1932 (MS Thr 567). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

This collection is made up of photographs that are stamped with a variety of property stamps from groups who performed opera in Chicago, Illinois from about 1910 to 1932. The items that are actually dated are from 1916-1923, but research indicates there are earlier and later images:


Arranged into the following three series:

Scope and Contents

Collection consists mainly of 10 x 8 inch black and white photographs of Chicago operatic performers. Most images have text on their versos, either stamped in ink or in manuscript hand, stating the name of performer, opera and role depicted in image, and company producing the opera. Most items are undated. Singers are primarily in character and usually solo, though there are a few depicting multiple persons in one image, and a few images in street clothes. Also included are a few photographs of conductors and directors of the operas.
A few photographs are included of: scenes from The Marriage of Figaro, and the exterior and interior views of the Civic Opera House (Chicago).
Photographic studios include: Chicago Architectural Photo Company, Daguerre (Chicago), Fernand de Gueldre (Chicago), H. A. Atwell Studio (Chicago), Matzene Studio, Moffett (Chicago), Underwood & Underwood, among many others.

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