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MS Thr 858

Popular music hall sheet music, 1867-1916: 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 858
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Popular music hall sheet music,
Date(s): 1867-1916 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (.6 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of popular printed sheet music from music halls.

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:

Popular Music Hall Sheet Music, 1867-1916 (MS Thr 858). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Music hall is a type of theatrical entertainment that was popular from the 19th-century to the mid 20th-century, primarily in England. It involved a mixture of popular songs, comedy, speciality acts, and variety entertainment. Eventually it became so popular that specially made music hall theaters were built for performances. These new music hall theaters were designed so that the audience could eat, drink, and smoke in the auditorium during the performance, previous theaters had stalls for seating and a seperate area for drinking.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes popular printed sheet music from music halls. There are also a few sheet music covers. Notable composers include Alfred Lee (d. 1906), Irving Jones, and Albert Chevalier (1861-1923). 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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