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MS Thr 819

Photographs of Sarah Bernhardt, 1880-1899: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 819
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of Sarah Bernhardt,
Date(s): 1880-1899.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: 19th-century theatrical photographs of French actress Sarah Bernhardt.

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.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Ashley M. Nary

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 Sarah Bernhardt, 1880-1899 (MS Thr 819). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) was a French stage and screen actress whose acting career began in France in the 1860s.


Arranged alphabetically by photographer's name.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 19th-century photographs, organized by photographer, of actress Sarah Bernhardt. Images include portraits of Bernhardt in costume from notable productions including L'Aiglon, Froufrou, Adrienne Lecouvreur, Ruy Blas, Théodora, Jeanne d'Arc, La Dame aux Camélias, Cléopâtre, and Phèdre. Additonal photographs include a portrait of Bernhardt by Jules Bastien-Lepage, Bernhardt in her studio, and artistic work completed by Bernhardt. Includes cabinet photographs, copy prints, and other photographs. Some undated photographs might date to the 20th century.


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

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