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MS Thr 598

B. J. Simmons & Co. B. J. Simmons & Co. costume designs, 1913-1927: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository [box 3 is sized pf]
Call No.: MS Thr 598
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: B. J. Simmons & Co.
Title: B. J. Simmons & Co. costume designs,
Date(s): 1913-1927 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Costume designs from the London costumier, B. J. Simmons & Co.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

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:

B. J. Simmons & Co. Costume Designs,1913-1927 (MS Thr 598). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin holds the B. J. Simmons & Co. costume design records.
See also Houghton accession 2007MT-8r.

Biographical / Historical

B. J. Simmons & Co. was a London historical and theatrical costumier, 1857-1964.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Costume design drawings for costumes produced in London by B. J. Simmons & Co. for various productions in England and in the United States. Drawings are in pencil, ink, and watercolor. Many designs have a sketch number (SK #), a title (often the character's name), and sometimes notes concerning the costume. One design has fabric swatches attached.
Also includes lists of costumes for some of the productions, some with names of actors.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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