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MS Thr 738

Cabinet photographs of Lotta Crabtree, circa 1850-1920: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 738
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Cabinet photographs of Lotta Crabtree,
Date(s): 1850-1920.
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Theatrical photographs of American actress Lotta Crabtree.

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:

Cabinet photographs of Lotta Crabtree, circa 1850-1920 (MS Thr 738). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924) was an American actress in the late 19th century. As a child she was encouraged by Lola Montez, a famous dancer and actress, to pursue her love of performance. Lotta sang and played the banjo in mining camps in California and then toured the United States performing in plays. In addition to her successful acting career she was a philanthropist and vice president of the Professional Women's Association in New York.


Arranged alphabetically by photographic studio.

Scope and Contents

Collection of theatrical photographs of Lotta Crabtree in costumes and scenes from various productions in the United States. The items are all cabinet photographs.


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

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