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MS Thr 941

Popular entertainment printed materials, 1776-1953: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 941
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Popular entertainment printed materials,
Date(s): 1776-1953
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Miscellaneous printed materials relating to popular entertainment.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Various donors, various dates. See items below for accession information.

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:

Popular Entertainment Printed Materials, 1776-1953 (MS Thr 941). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Series I includes printed advertising materials including broadsides, catalogs, fliers, handbills, pamphlets, leaflets, playbills, for artistic exhibitions, dioramas, cycloramas, panoramas, and wax-work exhibitions. Also includes panoramas for Japanesen Spiel in Switzerland, and letters and clippings concerning panorama exhibitions and panorama artists.
Series II are folders that were originally set-up in the Harvard Theatre Collection as "catch-all" folders for printed ephemeral items concerning popular entertainment. Includes a variety of formats such as: clippings (most with illustrations), prints, lithographs, etchings, engravings, handbills, playbills, and photomechanical prints. Topics are wide ranging including: apes, carnival, cats, elephants, fairs, fencing, horses, oxen, Paris Exhibition, robots, serpents, showboats, trees, zebras, and many others.


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

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