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MS Thr 394

Webster, Benjamin, 1797-1882. Benjamin Webster papers, 1781-1877: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 394
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Webster, Benjamin, 1797-1882.
Title: Benjamin Webster papers,
Date(s): 1781-1877 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of English actor, dramatist, and theater manager, Benjamin Webster.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Purchase from the collection of Sidney C. Woodward; received: 1961-1962.

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:

Benjamin Webster Papers, 1781-1877 (MS Thr 394). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Webster (1797-1882) was an English actor-manager and dramatist. He was born in Bath to Benjamin Nottingham Webster and Elizabeth Moon Webster. He was the manager of the Haymarket Theatre, London (1837-1850) and of the Adelphi Theatre (1853-1874).


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Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of letters to and from the British actor-manager Benjamin Webster, some are with his family. Also included are: a license from the Lord Chamberlain; contract for the Royal Coburg Theatre; manuscript document concerning the printing of some of Webster's correspondence after his death; an engraved portrait of Benjamin Webster; and a 1781 letter from Joseph Younger, a prompter at Covent Garden, to Joseph Sterrop.

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