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MS Thr 1700

Luther, Phoebe Andrews. Phoebe Andrews Luther, circa 1881-1906 (MS Thr 1700): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 1700
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Phoebe Andrews Luther theater scrapbooks
Date(s): circa 1881-1906
Quantity: .75 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Theater promotional material and personal notes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2018MT-043. Purchased from Sanctuary Books in 2017 September.

Custodial History:

Purchased from Sanctuary Books via the Frank E. Chase Bequest, 2017.

Processing Information:

Minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn 2017 October.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation:

Phoebe Andrews Luther Theater Scrapbooks, circa 1881-1906 (MS Thr 1700). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Phoebe Andrews Luther from Brooklyn, New York was a theater enthusiast and avidly collected late 19th and early 20th century theater ephemera. Luther frequented the following performance venues within the New York City area: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montauk Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Daly's Theatre, Empire Theatre, Knickerbocker, Lyceum, Broadway Theatre, Belasco Theatre, and Metropolitan Opera House.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are arranged according to the theater records and scrapbooks in roughly chronologic order.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes six scrapbooks, where Phoebe Andrews Luther compiled an account of theater performances and actors she had seen. Four of the scrapbooks contain handwritten notes, including the title of the play, name of the theater, the date of the performance, who accompanied her, and criticisms of the performance and individual actors. Also included in the scrapbooks are photographs, newspaper clippings, and programs.

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Additional Index Terms

Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century