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MS Thr 951

American minstrel show additional collection, 1840-1922: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 951
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: American minstrel show additional collection,
Date(s): 1840-1922.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Printed materials from American minstrel shows, and one watercolor image.

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.

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:

American Minstrel Show Additional Collection, 1840-1922 (MS Thr 951). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also HOLLIS and OASIS for additional minstrel show materials held by the Houghton Library.
Other collections concerning American minstrelsy are held by the Harris Collection at Brown University, the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Princeton University, the Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin, and the State Library of Ohio in Columbus.

Biographical / Historical

Minstrelsy was a type of popular entertainment in the United States, principally of the 19th-century, which consisted of the theatrical presentation of elements of African-American life in song, dance, and speech.


Arranged alphabetically by name of minstrel company or title.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains mostly printed materials related to American minstrel troupes, primarily performing in the United States, but also includes a few performances overseas. Includes: a few images of minstrel performers and troupes, playbills, programs, scripts, tickets, rules and regulations for performers, a songster, clippings, and miscellaneous pamphlets. Also with one watercolor image of dancing minstrels.

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