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MS Thr 839

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan additional printed ephemera, 1815-2008: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 839
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan additional printed ephemera,
Date(s): 1815-2008.
Quantity: 1 collection (8.5 linear feet (17 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are primarily in English. Some material in Italian, German, and French.
Abstract: Subject files of printed ephemera related to W. S. Gilbert and Arthur 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: 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:

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Additional Printed Ephemera, 1815-2008 (MS Thr 839). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also: MS Thr 835.

Separated Materials

See also: 2011T-1060, 2011T-1078, 2011Y-1079, 2011T-1075.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) was an English composer and conductor. 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 alphabetically by name, title, or topic. Unless noted, original arrangement by collector Fredric Woodbridge Wilson has been retained.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes subject files of printed materials related to the lives, professions, and legacies of W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Items are arranged alphabetically by topic, title, or name. Materials include, but are not limited to, book jackets, booklets, catalogs, cigarette cards, clippings, librettos, maps, newsletters, order forms, pamphlets, photographs, posters, press kits, programs, sheet music, ticket stubs, toy theaters, and trade cards. Non-printed manuscript materials are noted when present.


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

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