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MS Thr 602

Commedia dell'arte images, circa 1700-1972: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 602
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Commedia dell'arte images,
Date(s): 1700-1972 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French, Italian, German, and English.
Abstract: Engravings and picture postcards with images relating to Commedia dell'arte.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Various sources and dates.

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:

Commedia Dell'arte Images, circa 1700-1972 (MS Thr 602). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Commedia dell'arte was a type of theatrical comedy that developed first in Italy in the mid-16th century. It spread and evolved throughout Europe in the following centuries. This theatrical form produced its own iconography, some of which is represented in this small collection.


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Scope and Contents

Collection includes engravings and picture postcard images relating to the Commedia dell'arte.


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

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