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MS Thr 710

Photographs of theatrical performers, 1862-1982: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 710
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of theatrical performers,
Date(s): 1862-1982.
Quantity: 1 collection (4.5 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of theatrical performers depicted in photographs, cartes-de-visites, cabinet photographs, photographic postcards, stereographs, copy prints, photogravures, and photomechanical prints.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett; received: 2010 October 9.
Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Alison Harris

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Photographs of Theatrical Performers, 1862-1982 (MS Thr 710). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Arranged alphabetically by name of subject of image.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs of actors, actresses, dramatists, opera singers, composers, musicians, dancers, comedy acts, as well as burlesque and vaudeville performers primarily from the 19th-century, with a few from the 20th century. The bulk of the collection focuses on popular performers from the United States and England, but also includes performers from France, Ireland, Russia, Germany, and Scotland. The photographs are mostly cartes-de-vistes and cabinet photographs, but include photographic postcards, copy prints, photogravures, photomechanical prints, and stereographs. Notable performers include Belle Archer, Dion Boucicault, Fanny Davenport, Joseph Jefferson, Edward Sothern, and many others.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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