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MS Thr 658

Garrick, David, 1717-1779. David Garrick correspondence and other papers, 1701-1948: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 658
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Garrick, David, 1717-1779.
Title: David Garrick correspondence and other papers
Date(s): 1701-1948
Date(s): 1701-1779
Quantity: .75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers by and about David Garrick, the English actor, playwright, and theater manager.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift and purchase from various sources, various dates. See items below for acquisition information.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

David Garrick Correspondence and Other Papers, 1701-1948 (MS Thr 658). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

David Garrick (1717-1779) was a English actor, playwright, and theater manager and producer. He was a pupil and friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson. From 1747 to 1776, he was a partner in the Drury Lane Theatre. He married Eva Maria Veigel (1724-1822) in 1749.


Little, David M.; and George M. Kahrl, eds. The Letters of David Garrick (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963). Cited below as: Little, followed by letter number. Numbers referring to letters published in the Little and Kahrl edition have been added to items below.


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Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript letters to and from David Garrick with friends, colleagues, and family. Also includes some Garrick family letters and documents, third-party letters concerning Garrick, and letters concerning the collection.
Includes letters to and from Richard Cox, Robert Dodsley, Bernard Hale, Henri Louis Cain Lekain, Hannah More, Thomas Pelham-Holles Newcastle, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Sir James Stonhouse, and others. Garrick family materials concern David Garric (grandfather of David Garrick), Arabella Garrick, George Garrick, Eva Maria Garrick, and Peter Garrick.
Also included are multiple lists (item (44)) documenting Harvard's Garrick holdings, but not all the listed items were located at time of final cataloging of this collection [February 2011].

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