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MS Thr 732

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan realia, 1879-2002: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Thr 732
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan realia,
Date(s): 1879-2002.
Quantity: 1 collection (8 linear feet (29 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Italian, Latin, and German.
Abstract: Physical objects relating to the work of British musicians Gilbert and Sullivan.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Realia, 1879-2002 (MS Thr 732). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) was an English composer and conductor. W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert (1836-1911) was a English dramatist and librettist. They formed a Victorian-era theatrical partnership, collaborating on fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896, of which H. M. S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, or, The town of Titipu are among the best known.


Arranged into the following series: Alphabetized by title within each series.

Scope and Contents

A collection of objects (realia), primarily souvenirs, that have a relationship to the work of Gilbert & Sullivan. Includes: badges, button badges, candy bars, card games, china, cloth pieces, coasters, cocktail napkins, cookies, corset box, costumes, cuff links, dish towels, earthenware, fans, glassware, handkerchiefs, boater hat, holiday ornament, jackstraws, key rings, lollipops, magnets, matches, music box, opera glasses, paperweight, Pears soap, pencils, pins, playing cards, post-its, scarves, sealing wax crest impression, seed package, stickers, t-shirts, tea, tea service, tote bags, toy theaters, trivet, umbrella, and whistle.

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