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MS Thr 735

Photographs of Lillian Russell, 1887-1891: 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 735
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of Lillian Russell,
Date(s): 1887-1891.
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Theatrical photographs of American actress and singer Lillian Russell.

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 Lillian Russell, 1887-1891 (MS Thr 735). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Lillian Russell (1861-1922) was a well known American actress and singer of the late 19th and early 20th century. Russell was married four times, but it is said her longest relationship was a platonic one with "Diamond" Jim Brady, an American businessman and philanthropist who supported her and her career for 40 years. In the early part of her career she performed a great deal of comic opera, operetta, and musical theatre. Around 1904 due to vocal issues she switched to more dramatic roles and eventually retired in 1914. In addition to her theatrical career she also wrote a newspaper column and advocated for women's suffrage.


Arranged alphabetically by photographic studio.

Scope and Contents

Collection of theatrical photographs of Lillian Russell in costumes and scenes from various productions primarily in the United States. The bulk of the items are cabinent photographs but includes a few photographs, and a photomechanical print.


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

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