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MS Thr 157

Seltzer, Daniel. Daniel Seltzer promptbooks, 1959-1968 (MS Thr 157): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: gen
Call No.: MS Thr 157
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Seltzer, Daniel
Title: Daniel Seltzer promptbooks
Date(s): 1959-1968
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Promptbooks of nine plays produced and directed by Daniel Seltzer at the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University in the 1960s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Various numbers. Gift of Daniel Seltzer, 1964-1968.

Processing Information:

Processed by Irina Klyagin, 2017

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation:

Daniel Seltzer Promptbooks (MS Thr 157). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Daniel Seltzer was a notable Shakesperian scholar, a Harvard and Princeton professor of English and Creative writing, respectively. While at Harvard, he acted extensively himself, including a role in his production of Troilus and Cressida, the first play ever to be produced at the Loeb. He acted as the Loeb Drama Center director for the academic year of 1964-1965.


Arranged in the order established by the Harvard Theatre Collection catalog cards.

Scope and Contents

Includes promptbooks with autograph manuscript notes, stage directions and cuts for William Shakespeare's King Lear, Troilus and Cressida, Julius Ceasar, The winter's tale, A midsummer night's dream, and Ceasar and Cleopatra; and promptbooks for Robert Bolt's Man of all seasons, and August Strindberg's Dream play. Printed editions of six plays were taken apart and pages pasted in notebooks, the rest remained intact. Each promptbook was previously cataloged with a call number with extension, previous numbers are indicated for each item.

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