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MS Thr 970

Uncle Tom's Cabin playbills and other material, 1852-1953: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pf, ppf
Call No.: MS Thr 970
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Uncle Tom's Cabin playbills and other material,
Date(s): 1852-1953 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (2 boxes and 8 folders)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Playbills and advertisements and other material for various dramatic performances of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Various sources, various dates.

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:

Uncle Tom's Cabin Playbills and Other Material, 1852-1953 (MS Thr 970). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

The Harvard Theatre Collection has additional playbills relating to Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly in other series within the repository. See public services staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. The text was initially released in serial format in the National Era, a weekly newspaper, from June 5, 1851-April 1, 1852, and then published in 1852 as a two volume book. It became the best-selling novel of the 19th-century, translated into dozens of languages. Stage plays based on the novel called "Tom shows" began to appear while the novel was still being serialized, however Stowe refused to actually authorize any dramatization of her work.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Collection includes original printed playbills, programs, posters, and advertisements for dramatic productions of Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Also includes: carte-de-visite (card photograph); obituaries; and booking letters. Playbills are for theaters in Boston, London and other cities in England, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco, among others, as well as for theaters in many unidentified cities.

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