MS Thr 954
McGoun, Ralph, collector. Ralph McGoun toy theater collection, 1946-1949: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Thr 954
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: McGoun, Ralph, collector.
Title: Ralph McGoun toy theater collection,
Date(s): 1946-1949 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and Danish.
Abstract: Scripts, characters and scenery for toy theaters. Also includes some props, sets,
and assembled Danish toy theaters.
No accession number; Gift of Ralph McGoun; received: 1986.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open
Ralph McGoun Toy Theater Collection, 1946-1949 (MS Thr 954). Harvard Theatre Collection,
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Ralph McGoun (1905-1988) received an AB with the Class of 1927 Amherst College.
Arranged alphabetically by title. Some larger items boxed at end of finding aid.
Collection includes printed colored toy theater scenery, characters, top borders,
and play scripts. Companies are Pollock's Toy Theater and Green's.
Also includes miscellaneous props, brackets, sets, a photograph, 2 scripts, and 2
assembled Danish toy theaters for: open air Chinese Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli Amusement
Park in Copenhagen, and Alfred Jacobsen's reproduction of the Theatre Royal in Copenhagen,
with motto: Ei Blot Til Lyst.
- (1). Aladdin or The wonderful lamp. A play for Pollock's toy theatre : script and colored toy theater scenes and characters, 1947. 1 folders
- (2). Cinderella or The glass slipper. A play for Pollock's toy theatre : script and colored toy theater scenes, 1946. 1 folders
- (3). Green's top border to suit all pieces : toy theater scenery, undated. 1 folders
- (4). Harlequinade by Pollock's : hand-colored toy theater scenes and characters and script, undated. 1 folders
- (5). The high Toby. A play for the toy theatre by J. B. Priestley with scenery and characters
by Doris Zinkeisen : script book and colored toy theater scenes, 1948. 1 folders
Book is signed by Ralph C. McGoun,
- (6). Hook and fasteners for toy theater, undated. 1 folders
- (7). Silver Palace or The golden poppy. Green's characters and scenes : colored toy theater scenes and characters, 1946. 2 folders
All uncut, except scene 2.
- (8). Danish toy theater materials, 1960 and undated. 1 portfolio box.pf
Includes the following items:
- a) Assembled Danish toy theater: a reproduction of the open air Chinese Pantomime
Theatre in Tivoli Amusement Park, Copenhagen,
Date: . Used for performances of Comedia dell' Arte. Purchased by donor in August of 1957
- b) Assembled Danish toy theater: reproduction of Theatre Royal in Copenhagen, with
motto: Ei Blot Til Lyst = "not only for pleasure." Printed by Vilhelm Prior, Alfred Jacobsen's modeltheater
Model D. Purchased by donor in Copenhagen, 1962.
- c) Miscellaneous props, characters, brackets, and sets for the above assembled toy
theaters. Also includes prop advertising sheet in Danish for theater "b"; color photograph of theater "a"; and 2 printed scripts in Danish for: Elverhøj and Gøngehøvdingen.