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MS Thr 752

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan photographic postcards, circa 1880-2000: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 752
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan photographic postcards,
Date(s): 1880-2000.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographic postcards of actors, scenes and other images relating to the operas of Gilbert & 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.
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:

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Photographic Postcards, circa 1880-2000 (MS Thr 752). 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:

Scope and Contents

Includes photographic postcard portrait images of actors and actresses in costumes in G & S productions and in street clothes; images of scenes with multiple actors from various productions of Gilbert & Sullivan; images of places related to G & S; and multiple copies of 3 postcard images of Anthony Dyson's designs for The Mikado at St. Francis' Church Choir & Friends. Some postcards are signed.


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

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