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MS Thr 932

Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893. Edwin Booth letters to Richard A. Robertson and other papers, 1865-1870: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 932
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893.
Title: Edwin Booth letters to Richard A. Robertson and other papers,
Date(s): 1865-1870.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscript letters from American actor Edwin Booth to Boston businessman, Richard Austin Robertson. Also with other related papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-59. Purchase; received: 2002 June; 2002-2003.15.
Microfilm No. 05-1843.

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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edwin Booth Letters to Richard A. Robertson and Other Papers, 1865-1870 (MS Thr 932). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Edwin Booth (1833-1893) was an American actor and theater owner. Richard Austin Robertson (died 1891), a Boston businessman, invested heavily in the building and management of Booth's Theatre in New York, which opened in February 1869 and was bankrupt by 1874.


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Scope and Contents

Collection contains 19 letters from Edwin Booth to Richard Austin Robertson, 1865-1870. Also with 7 manuscript documents concerning the financial matters of Booth's Theatre (New York, N.Y.), including letters from Oakes Ames to Robertson, a receipt, clipping, and work order for painting scenery.

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