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Gänzl, Kurt, collector. Kurt Gänzl collection of posters for musical theater in the collection of John M. Ward, 1884-1991: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pf, ppf
Call No.: 98TW-3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gänzl, Kurt, collector.
Title: Kurt Gänzl collection of posters for musical theater in the collection of John M. Ward,
Date(s): 1884-1991.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (4 boxes, 1 drawer)
Language of materials: Collection material is in English, French, German, Hungarian, and Spanish.
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for the Kurt Gänzl collection of musical theater playbills, posters, and window cards.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

98TW-3. Gift of John Milton Ward; received: 1998 November 10.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Nora Garry, with help from Andrea Cawelti and Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Kurt Gänzl is a New Zealand writer on musical theater. He studied law and classics at Canterbury University, New Zealand, and after a variety of experiences in the musical theater of London, devoted himself to writing and broadcasting on the subject. Gänzl used this poster collection, among others, while researching his seminal work, Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre.
From the collection of John Milton Ward (1917-2011). Ward was the Harvard University William Powell Professor of Music. A specialist in Renaissance and Elizabethan music as well as English popular and folk music from the 16th century to the present, his collecting interests included primary source material related to these subjects, as well as material documenting music as it related to the theater, particularly focusing on ballet, opera, operetta and musicals. Additional interests led to extensive collecting in the areas of ethnomusicology and the history of social dance.


Arranged in three series by size: 1. Window cards and small posters (b); 2. Posters or playbills (pf); and 3. Oversized posters or playbills (PPF). Listed in this finding aid alphabetically by title.

Scope and Contents

Musical theater playbills, posters, and window cards from late 19th-century and 20th-century Great Britian, Europe, and the United States.

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