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MS Thr 749

Photographs of the Booth family, circa 1869-1889: 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 749
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of the Booth family,
Date(s): 1869-1889.
Date(s): 1869
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Portraits and theatrical photographs of the English-American Booth family.

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 the Booth Family, circa 1869-1889 (MS Thr 749). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The Booth family was a well known theatrical family in the 19th century. John Wilkes, Edwin, and Junius Brutus, Jr. were all actors and had different degrees of success. Edwin was a very popular Shakespearian actor who eventually opened up the Booth Theatre in 1869 in New York. Junius Brutus, Jr.'s acting ability was not as well regarded as the rest of his family, or even his wife, Agnes Booth who was a popular actress. John Wilkes was a successful stage actor who is mostly remembered as the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.


Arranged alphabetically by name of family member.

Scope and Contents

Collection of portraits and theatrical photographs of Agnes Booth, Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth, Junius Brutus Booth Jr., and Junius Brutus Booth, III from the 19th century in the United States and England. Primarily cartes-de-visite photographs and cabinet photographs with one copy print.


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

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