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MS Thr 669

Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897. Justin Winsor papers for Garrick and his contemporaries, 1851-1867: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 669
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897.
Title: Justin Winsor papers for Garrick and his contemporaries
Date(s): 1851-1867
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers assembled by American librarian and historian Justin Winsor, for his definitive life of British actor David Garrick. The publication was never completed.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Bequest of Justin Winsor, AB 1853; received: 1899 March 31.
Recataloged from the following call-numbers:
  • Thr 477.1.2*; formerly 17471.1.2.
  • Thr 477.1.2.3*.
  • Thr 477.1.2.6*; formerly Thr 405.2.6.
  • Thr 477.1.2.7*; formerly Thr 405.2.7 and 17471.1.7.
  • Thr 477.1.2.8*; formerly Thr 405.2.8 and 17471.1.8.
  • Thr 477.1.2.9*; formerly Thr 405.2.9 and 17471.1.9.
  • Thr 477.1.8.10*.
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    Preferred Citation for Publication:

    Justin Winsor Papers for Garrick and His Contemporaries, 1851-1867 (MS Thr 669). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

    Biographical / Historical

    Justin Winsor (1831-1897) was a librarian and historian. He received an AB from Harvard College in 1853, was the Superintendent of the Boston Public Library from1868–1877, Librarian of Harvard College from 1877 until his death, and the first president of the American Library Association, 1876-1885. Winsor published numerous historical books and articles and planned this massive, exhaustive biography of actor David Garrick, but it never was published.
    David Garrick (1717-1779) was a British actor, writer, theater manager, entrepreneur, and international celebrity. David Garrick revolutionized acting and the English stage in the eighteenth century and also was a pupil and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson.


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    Scope and Contents

    Autograph manuscript draft text, research notes, cuttings, and bibliography for Winsor's book on the life of David Garrick titled: Garrick and his contemporaries. Winsor had the habit of taking notes on tiny slips of paper and most of the notes are on very small, unsorted slips.

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