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MS Thr 901

Lectures, managers, and management bureaus collection, 1888-1939: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 901
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Lectures, managers, and management bureaus collection,
Date(s): 1888-1939 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Printed advertisements, announcements, broadsides, programs, catalogs, etc ... for lectures and other adult-education related entertainment.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The majority of this material is from: No accession number. Gift of Col. Henry J. Coolidge, from the files of his father, Henry D. Coolidge, via Hans W. Miller; received: 1951 June 25. [See curatorial file for donor letter].

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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:

Lectures, Managers, and Management Bureaus Collection, 1888-1939 (MS Thr 901). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

This collection primarily includes items related to the lyceum movement involving organizations that sponsored public programs for self-improvement, which flourished in the mid-19th century and early 20th-century in the United States. These lectures, dramatic performances, debates, etc... were meant to improve the social, intellectual, and moral fabric of society. Some of the most successful agencies sponsoring such activities were the Boston Lyceum Bureau (est. 1868) and the Redpath Lyceum Bureau (est. 1874), both founded by James Redpath. The Redpath organizations represented figures such as Mark Twain, Julia Ward Howe, Charles Sumner, Susan B. Anthony, and prominent others. This collection also includes printed materials concerning management agencies and managers that were not part of the lyceum circuit, but also provided lecturers and entertainment for adult-education.


Arranged alphabetically by name of management bureau or sole manager. Miscellaneous material is at the end.

Scope and Contents

Includes advertisements, announcements, and catalogs for adult-education related lectures and other entertainment, in the form of printed fliers, circulars, programs, pamphlets, newspapers, etc... Most concern the Boston or New York City areas. Includes management agencies of A. A. Lovett, Boston Young Men's Christian Association Entertainment Bureau, Robertson Lyceum Bureau, New York and Brooklyn Entertainment Bureau, People's Church Lecture Bureau, Redpath Lyceum Bureau, Slayton Lyceum Bureau, among many others.


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

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