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MS Thr 853

Sheet music featuring the Grossmith family, 1823-1909: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: pf
Call No.: MS Thr 853
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Sheet music featuring the Grossmith family,
Date(s): 1823-1909 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.3 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of printed sheet music written, composed, or sung by the Grossmith family.

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 (Harvard Theatre Collection).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Alison Harris.

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:

Sheet Music Featuring the Grossmith Family, 1823-1909 (MS Thr 853). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

George Grossmith (1847-1912) was an English comedian, writer, composer, actor, and singer with a career that spanned four decades. He is well known for his creation of a series of characters in the comic operas of W.S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900). Grossmith's son, George Grossmith (1874-1935), or George Grossmith, Jr., followed in his father's footsteps as an actor, theatre producer and manager, director, playwright and songwriter. George Grossmith Jr. is well remembered for his work in and with Edwardian musical comedies, as well as being an innovator in bringing cabaret and revue to the London stage.


Arranged alphabetically by title of sheet music.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes printed sheet music and sheet music covers that were written, composed, or sung by either George Grossmith (1847-1912) or his son George Grossmith (1874-1935). Many of the items are undated.


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

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