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MS Thr 697

Winston, James, 1773-1843. James Winston papers, 1733-1871: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 697
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Winston, James, 1773-1843.
Title: James Winston papers,
Date(s): 1733-1871.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Research papers of James Winston (1773-1843), an English actor and theater manager.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006MT-248r. Purchased with the Frank E. Chase Fund; received: 1945-1946 and later dates.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Susan Wyssen

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
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Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Winston Papers, 1733-1871 (MS Thr 697). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Biographical / Historical

James Winston (1773-1843) was an English actor and manager of several minor London theaters. He also worked as a theater architect and served as the secretary of the Garrick Club from its inception in 1831 until his death. Over the course of his life, he compiled notes and clippings for a projected history of the English stage.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the papers are manuscript notes, probably autograph, and clippings arranged by Winston under subject headings, usually the name of a theater or actor, but also general topics such as "Balloons." These have been arranged in folders alphabetically by topic. There are some letters to Winston, the bulk from Edmund John Eyre, and other correspondence to or from actors contemporary to Winston. Also includes a manuscript document concerning the rights of play authors to free admission to performances and part of a printed poem.


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