MS Thr 837
Theater autograph file: additional (MS Thr 837) : Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: b, pfd
Call No.: MS Thr 837
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Theater autograph file: additional
Quantity: .1 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English, French, German, Russian.
Abstract: The Theater Autograph File: Additional is a collection of single items and small groups
of items received from various sources at various times. Additions continue to be
Received from various sources at various times. Accession information is given with
the item entry. The most recent addition was made 2017 October 5.
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Theater Autograph File: Additional (MS Thr 837). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton
Library, Harvard University.
See also the Theater Autograph File.
Arranged in order of receipt, by accession number. Readers are encouraged to use keywords
in searching this finding aid.
The Theater Autograph File: Additional is a collection of items received singly or
in small groups from various sources at various times; it describes material received
after the closing of the Theater Autograph File.
- (1). Paër, Ferdinando, 1771-1839. Letters to Ferdinand Hérold, 1828-1831. 1 folders
Five autograph signed letters to fellow opera composer, Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833), concerning Hérold's work Zampa and other musical matters.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2011MT-34. Purchased with funds from the Timothy S. Mayer Fund, 2012 April 11.
- (2). Kilty, Jerome. Letter to Jane Brooks Beer, 1981 July 13. 1 folders
Kilty was an actor in Boston (Mass.) and Cambridge (Mass.).
Kilty mentions Bob Fletcher, Jeanne Tufts, Robert A. Brooks, and Joe Everingham.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2011MT-37. Gift of Jane Brooks Beer, 2010 September.
- (5). Meĭerkholʹd, V. Ė. (Vsevolod Ėmilʹevich), 1874-1940. Typescript letter (carbon) signed to P. I. (Pavel Ivanovich) Rumi︠a︡nt︠s︡ev, ca. 1938 June-November. 1 folders
On the letterhead of the Gosudarstvennyi Opernyi teatr imeni Stanislavskogo (Stanislavsky State Opera Theatre).
Letter from the chief director of the theater to soloist and director Rumi︠a︡nt︠s︡ev
about casting, performance and rehearsal schedule for the opera Carmen, scheduled for November-December 1938.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2011MT-47. Purchased with funds from the Timothy S. Mayer Fund, 2012 March 22.
- (7). Fisher, K. A. (Karl Andreevich), photographer. Picture postcards (photographs by K. A. (Karl Andreevich) Fisher) of a Moscow Art Theatre production of Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ's Revizor, ca. 1911-1912. 1 folders
Seven postcards depicting actors in roles and one scene from Gogol's Revizor (The Inspector General).
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2011MT-50. Purchased with funds from the Timothy S. Mayer Fund, 2012 March 22.
- (12). Franz, Robert, 1815-1892. Letter to Daiser, 1870 January 13. 1 folders
First two lines: Besten Daiser! Du willst aus [sunfl.?] über meine Abänderung in
ihr Aria : "Sommi Dei" haben.
Sommi Dei is an aria in George Frideric Handel's opera Radamisto. From 1881, Franz published a series of "Alt-Arien," pieces of early vocal music
in his own arrangements; this song belongs to that series. The addressee is promised
alterations to "his" aria, suggesting that the arranger is in communication with a
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2012MT-7. Purchase, no date.
- (23). Bakst, Léon, 1866-1924. "Istar (Variante sur le thème chaldéen)" : autograph manuscript, 1924. 1 folders
Two sheets pasted onto cardboard backing, signed; description of and program notes
for the 1924 ballet designed for Ida Rubinstein.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2013MT-34. Purchased with funds from the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, 2014 March 27.
- (24). Taglioni, Marie, 1804-1884. Letter to Maximilien Dubois Descours, Marquis de la Maisonfort, 1832 November 27. 1 folders
With typescript translation.
Concerning Taglioni's premiere in the revival of Nathalie ou la laitière suisse (November 7, 1832).
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2013MT-35. Purchased with funds from the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, 2014 March 27.
- (26). Burnett, Alfred, 1824-1884. Materials concerning his acts as mimic and ventriloquist: 1 folders
- Burnett, Alfred, 1824-1884. Letter to "Dear Will", 1867 March 20.
Letter written from Washington (D.C.) requesting that Will (Alfred's brother?) ship
program posters for advertising of his acts in Philadelphia; on verso in another hand
is a list of 17 posters with quantity of each.
- (30). Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793. Réglement pour l'Académie Royale de Musique : manuscript signed, 1787 January 13. 1 folders
Decree clarifying three points of an earlier (1784) decree affecting the royal opera's
Signed by the king and also by the minister of the royal household who was responsible
for the royal theaters, Louis-Auguste Le Tonnelier, baron de Breteuil.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2015MT-19. Purchased with funds from the Joan and Roderick Nordell Fund and the Rose and Marion
Hannah Winter Fund, 2015 November 3.
- (32). Sergava, Katharine : photograph, undated. 1 folders
Scope and Contents: With a typescript (photocopy) letter from Bernard Sznycer, to whom Sergava was married.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2016MT-11. Gift of Robert Collins, 2016 September 2.
- (33). Value of the women's wardrobe of the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden July 1769 : manuscript
Date: 1769 July
Scope and Contents: Accounting of valuations of sets of costumes (housed in furniture presses) of the
actresses then associated with the theater, for a total of £2892.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2016MT-29. Purchased with funds from the Edward Sheldon Book Fund, 2016 November 28.
Additional Index Terms: Covent Garden Theatre.
- (34). Morris, Mrs. Robert. Address on the opening of the Baltimore Theatre and Circus :
manuscript 1 folder
Date: 1829 September 10
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2016MT-27. Purchased with funds from the William Morris Hunt Book Fund, 2016 November 30.
Scope and Contents: Address signed "Porcius".
Additional Index Terms: Baltimore, MD
- (35). Bullins, Ed. Typescript letter to Norman Moser 1 folder
Date: 1966 February 8
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2016MT-39. Purchased with funds from the Frank E. Chase Bequest, 2017 January 18.
Biographical / Historical: Bullins, a playwright, was briefly Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers.
Scope and Contents: Letter written from San Francisco, where Bullins had moved in 1964 to enroll in San
Francisco State College.
- (36). Cooper, Gladys, 1888-1971. Contract for performing in The Belle of Mayfair 1 folder
Date: 1906 June 23.
Scope and Contents: Contract made by Blackmore's Dramatic Agency, London (England), Messrs. Gatti and
Frohman, and Gladys Cooper for her London debut; the contract is signed by Mabel Cooper,
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2016MT-49. Purchased with funds from the Edward Sheldon Book Fund, 2017 February 22.
- (37). Great Britain. Lord Chamberlain's Office. Licenses from the Lord Chamberlain's Office
for plays staged at the Royal Court Theatre 1 folder
Scope and Contents: Three licenses, for performances of "A View to the Common", "The Lion and the Jewel",
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2016MT-56. Gift of Diane Borger, 2017 March 15.
Additional Index Terms: Royal Court Theatre
- (38). Cramer, Mary Hill. Autograph manuscript letter to the directors of the American Dramatic
Fund Association concerning an annuity, with reply from Francis Courtney Wemyss 1 folder
Date: 1855 July 2
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2016MT-65. Purchased with funds from the Hatch fund, 2017 April 4.
Scope and Contents: With a response of July 3 on the same sheet from Francis Courtney Wemyss, a director
and secretary of the ADFA.
- (40). Burgtheater (Vienna, Austria). Rollen-Zustellungs-Bogen fur das k. k. Hof-Burg-Theater
: printed form with manuscript entries 1 folderpf
Date: 1842 March-May
Scope and Contents: Printed form completed with manuscript entries to record scripts given out to actors
of the Burgtheater; columns exist for the name of the play, the role, the actor, the
date of issue, and the actor's signature.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2018MT-9. Purchased with funds from the John M. Kasdan Fund, 2017 July 17.
- (41). Cooper & Hall's New Mammoth Minstrels advertising letterhead and envelope 1 folder
Date: 1900 October 25
Scope and Contents: Letter from F. G. Hall to Frank S. Ryan on letterhead with envelope advertising the
1901-1902 season of Cooper & Hall's New Mammoth Minstrels as well as the show The
Music Hall Girl: 25 Artists; letter recounts signing heavyweight fighter Gus Ruhlin.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2018MT-18. Purchased with funds from the Robert Gould Shaw fund, 2017 August 8.
- (42). Vestali, Felicita. Autograph letter signed to Ole Bull 1 folder
Date: 1855 March 14
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2018MT-25. Purchased with funds from the Frank E. Chase Bequest, 2017 July 27.
Scope and Contents: Indignant letter from international opera star and notable lesbian to violin virtuoso
Ole Bull who had formed a company to perform at the Academy of Music in New York (N.Y.),
including Vestali as a starring member; the company went bankrupt before staging any
performances, and here Vestali demands to know when she will be paid.
- (43). Paul, Isabella, 1833?-1879. Isabella Howard Paul autograph letter to "Lottie" 1 folder
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2018MT-38. Purchased with funds from the Shaw fund, 2017.
Scope and Contents: Autograph letter signed from Isabella Howard Paul to 'Lottie' concerning an upcoming
production of Macbeth at Drury Lane Theatre, in which Mrs Howard Paul appeared as
Lady Macbeth. She confesses to 'nervous anxiety' ahead of the opening night performance.
- (44). Autograph payroll document listing the dancers in service to Napoleon I .04 linear feet (1 folder)
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2018MT-039. Purchased with Rothschild fund, 2017 August.
Scope and Contents: Includes an autographed document signed by a French ballet dancer, ballet master,
violinist, and composer, listing the dancers in service to Napoleon I and their pay
in June, 1812. Pierre Gardel is listed as the ballet master, Jean-Étienne Despréaux
as the dancing master, Auguste Vestris as first dancer, and Émilie Bigottini one among
other female dancers. The yearly salaries ranged from 5,620 francs for Gardel to 600
francs for other members.