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MS Thr 814

Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873. William Charles Macready papers, 1819-1866: 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 814
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873.
Title: William Charles Macready papers,
Date(s): 1819-1866.
Quantity: 1 collection (.2 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily letters from English stage manager and actor, William Charles Macready, to various recipients.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2007MT-5r. Gift from unknown source; received: date unknown. Several letters are mounted on detached leaves and appear to have previously been part of autograph books or albums.
No accession number. Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell; received: 1918. Portions of this collection, including Macready's bookplate and various letters marked "W" with a red colored pencil. Original box housing collection was saved as item (49).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Emilie L. Hardman

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:

William Charles Macready Papers, 1819-1866 (MS Thr 814). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also: William Charles Macready diary transcripts, 1833-1836 (MS Thr 547).

Biographical / Historical

William Charles Macready was an English stage manager and actor known particularly for his Shakespearean roles.


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Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters from Macready to a number of recipients, many also involved in the British and American stage, including Edwin Forrest, 1806-1872 and Washington Irving, 1783-1859. Autograph documents by Macready, his bookplate, and clippings relating to his death are also included.


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

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