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MS Thr 594

Portraits of female burlesque entertainers, 1925-1946: Guide.

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Last update on 2015 February 5

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Note: This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.
Call No.: MS Thr 594
Title: Portraits of female burlesque entertainers,
Date(s): 1925-1946.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Portraits of female burlesque stars who appeared in Boston, Massachusetts theaters.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Acquisition Information:

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
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:

Portraits of Female Burlesque Entertainers, 1925-1946 (MS Thr 594). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

The burlesque show in 20th-century America was a type of variety show in which striptease was the chief attraction. It included a blend of comedy acts and striptease.


Arranged alphabetically by name of entertainer.

Scope and Content

Portrait photographs of female striptease performers at burlesque theaters in Boston, Massachusetts. Theaters include: Columbia Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, Globe Theatre, Howard Athenaeum, Park Theatre, Waldron's Casino Theatre, and others. Includes portraits of Ann Corio, Hinda Wassau and many others. Appears to be a collection of photographs formerly kept by the Boston Globe. as most photographs are stamped on verso: Return to Dramatic Dept. Boston Globe. The majority of the photographs were shot by Strand (New York) photographic studio, but other photographers are also included.

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