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MS Thr 731

Photographs of Ellen Terry, 1883-1906: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 731
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of Ellen Terry,
Date(s): 1883-1906.
Date(s): 1878
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Portraits and theatrical photographs of English stage actress Ellen Terry.

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 Ellen Terry, 1883-1906 (MS Thr 731). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Dame Edna Terry (1847-1928) was an English stage actress who was well known for her Shakespearean roles. Terry began acting as a child and joined Henry Irving's company in 1878 as his lead actress, later she also managed the Imperial Theatre in London. Terry had a successful stage career for almost seven decades until her death.


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Scope and Contents

Collection of portraits and photographs of Ellen Terry from theatrical productions, primarily Shakespeare, in the United States, England, and Scotland. The bulk of the collection consists of cabinet photographs with a few photographs and cartes-de-visite (card photographs). Notable productions include Hamlet, The merchant of Venice, and Much ado about nothing.


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

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