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MS Thr 831

Photographs of Mary Anderson, 1883-1888: 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 831
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of Mary Anderson,
Date(s): 1883-1888.
Quantity: 1 collection (.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: 19th-century photographs of American actress Mary Anderson.

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 Mary Anderson, 1883-1888 (MS Thr 831). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Anderson (1859-1940) was an American stage actress whose acting career began in Kentucky in 1875 and continued until she retired in 1889 after suffering from exhaustion while on stage. Anderson is well known for her performances in As you like it, Sohn der Wildnis, Evadne, Romeo and Juliet, Pygmalion and Galatea, and Winter's tale, where she played the roles of both Perdita and Hermione for a London audience in 1887.


Arranged alphabetically by photographic studio.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes portraits and theatrical photographs of actress Mary Anderson. Includes cabinet photographs, panel photographs, and other photographs. Most images are undated. Notable productions include As you like it, Taming of the shrew, Ion, Sohn der Wildnis, Evadne, Romeo and Juliet, The lady of Lyons, and Winter's tale.


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

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