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MS Thr 688

Angelo, Harry. Harry Angelo scrapbooks, circa 1855-1894: 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 688
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Angelo, Harry.
Title: Harry Angelo scrapbooks,
Date(s): 1855-1894.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks kept by American minstrel performer and song writer, Harry Angelo.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

91-92.134; 91-92.136.1. Gift of Mrs. Paula Wilhelm, through the kindness of George H. Callcott; received: 1992 February 28.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

Restricted. Volumes are in very poor condition. Consult curator for access.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Harry Angelo Scrapbooks, circa 1855-1894 (MS Thr 688). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Harry Angelo was a song writer, a banjo player, minstrel show performer, and comic vocalist from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. He performed and/or wrote songs for Sanford's American Opera House, the Roxborough Lyceum Hall, Carncross & Dixey's Minstrels, and many others in the 1850s and possibly later. Some of his songs were published, often as H. Angelo. He also collected theatrical and minstrel materials.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Volumes include: clippings; manuscript entries of jokes, songs, caricatures and anecdotes; legal matters; lyrics and music (much in manuscript transcript, some autograph manuscripts by Angelo), general show information; tickets, playbills; etc... Much of the material concerns the Irish and some is specific to minstrel shows. Some of the volumes Angelo used to paste into were old manuscript albums for accounts and other entries.

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