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MS Thr 612

Rapport, Will. Will Rapport papers, 1931-1964: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, pfd, ppf [shelved at Houghton]
Call No.: MS Thr 612
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rapport, Will.
Title: Will Rapport papers,
Date(s): 1931-1964.
Quantity: 1 collection (5 linear feet (13 boxes and 3 portfolio drawers)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographs, drawings, prints, printing plates and blocks, and other materials by Boston artist, Will Rapport, as well as theatrical materials he collected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Will Rapport, 87 Grafton Street, Arlington, Massachusetts; received: 1966.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Suzanne Denison and Bonnie B. Salt
Old lists of most of this material filed in the curatorial file.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Will Rapport Papers, 1931-1964 (MS Thr 612). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Rapport (active ca. 1931-1960) is known foremost as a photographer of dance productions and theatrical plays, but also was an illustrator and cartoonist. He worked mainly in the Boston, Massachusetts area.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes orginal drawings (many are cartoons) of performers and theatrical scenes, primarily used for newspaper promotions of productions in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Drawings are: watercolors, ink, graphite, crayon, and photomechanicals. Most are signed by Rapport and often are inscribed to him from the performer. Also includes relief and intaglio prints by Rapport as well as a few original printing plates and wood blocks, and original photographs and negatives by Rapport of Boston and New York City plays, ballets, and operas.
Other materials in this collection are theatrical materials Rapport collected, mostly associated with his original work, including: playbills from Boston (1948-1964); theatrical photographs taken by others; and window cards and posters from Boston productions.


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

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