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MS Thr 830

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers, 1781-1814: Guide.

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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 830
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816.
Title: Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers,
Date(s): 1781-1814.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Miscellaneous letters and documents by or about playwright, theater owner, and politician, Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Various sources, various dates; see items for accession information, if known.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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:

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Additional Papers, 1781-1814 (MS Thr 830). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was a playwright, theater proprietor, and politician. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and later moved to London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Scope and Contents

Primarily autograph manuscript letters (signed) from Richard Brinsley Sheridan to many others. Also contains: letter from John Jervis to Sheridan; and manuscript documents on vellum concerning and signed by Sheridan, such as a receipt and a grant of admission to the Theatres Royal.
Associated names include: Richard Peake, Thomas Lindley, Thomas Harris, Edward Barlow, John Grubb, James Cobb, Henry Burgess, William Adam, Thomas Hammersley, and others.


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