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MS Thr 629

Boston Museum Stock Company. Boston Museum Stock Company Kate Ryan Nolan collection of photographs, 1876-1893: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 629
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Boston Museum Stock Company.
Title: Boston Museum Stock Company Kate Ryan Nolan collection of photographs,
Date(s): 1876-1893 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Cabinet photographs collected by Kate Ryan Nolan of the Boston Museum Stock Company.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006MT-219r. Source and date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Emilie L. Hardman

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:

Boston Museum Stock Company Kate Ryan Nolan Collection of Photographs, 1876-1893 (MS Thr 629). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The Boston Museum Theatre was conceived by Moses Kimball, who purchased the old New England Museum. It was opened on June 14, 1841. The Boston Museum Stock Company gave its first performance on September 4, 1843, and thereafter remained one of the nation's finest ensembles. The Stock Company's favorite performers were William Warren, who first acted there in 1847, and Mrs. J. R. Vincent, but at one time or another in its long career many great artists of the era appeared, either as members of the troupe or as guest stars. The subterfuge of housing a theater in a museum was not uncommon, for it allowed many otherwise puritanical people to enjoy play-going. The theatre closed in 1893, the museum in 1903.
Kate Ryan Nolan (born 1857) was a Boston stage actress with the Boston Museum Stock Company. She married actor James Nolan in 1873. She wrote a memoir in 1915: "Old Boston Museum Days."

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of actor.

Scope and Contents

Primarily cabinet photographs of Kate Ryan, James Nolan, George Wilson and other actors from the Boston Museum Stock Company. Some images are "in-character" and some are in street clothes. Also includes a few photographic prints. Some images were used as illustrations for Ryan's 1915 memoir, "Old Boston Museum Days."

General

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

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