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MS Thr 633

Elliott, Walter S., collector. Walter S. Elliott collection of hand-decorated album leaves of theatrical performers, 1910-1915: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 633
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Elliott, Walter S., collector.
Title: Walter S. Elliott collection of hand-decorated album leaves of theatrical performers,
Date(s): 1910-1915.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Inscribed, hand-decorated album leaves depicting American and European variety entertainers of the early 20th-century.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-56. Purchased with the Edward Sheldon Book fund, 2000.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Emilie L. Hardman

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Walter S. Elliott Collection of Hand-decorated Album Leaves of Theatrical Performers, 1910-1915 (MS Thr 633). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Elliott (1868-1924) was a music hall and variety performer. He performed widely throughout the United States for 17 years with Frank B. Morton, as Morton and Elliott.


Arranged alphabetically by name of performer.

Scope and Contents

93 pages, in ink, watercolor and photographs. Items were made and collected by Walter Elliott. Each leaf contains a photograph of an American or European performer or manager, surrounded by hand-drawn illustrations (perhaps by Mrs. Walter S. Elliott), and an autograph manuscript inscription to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott from the performer. Some pages reflect characteristics of the specialty act or the show in which the subject appeared, others reflect nationality or are primarily decorative. Each page is signed and typically includes inscriptions from performers who specialized in a variety of types of popular entertainment including: circus performers, strong men, ventriloquists, animal trainers, western acts, clowns, minstrel entertainers, singers, instrumentalists, and actors.

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