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SERIES Identifier: MS Thr 1809

Posters, circa 1905-2017

Scope and Contents

Includes both small and oversize posters relating to Harvard University student theatre group productions and dance performances, mostly in order to promote productions as well as to announce casting calls. Some programs accompany posters, and some posters are included in both annotated draft and completed versions. Several posters relate to professional theatre performances on the Harvard campus sponsored by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, Learning from Performers, as well as Harvard University student theatre groups. The posters themselves include a variety of media on paper, including original drawn and painted posters, though most are printed or photocopied designs. A few are mounted; the vast majority are paper.


  • Creation: circa 1905-2017

Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in English, with two French items. These are noted in the file description.

Conditions Governing Access

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

A portion of 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.


4 linear feet (2 flat boxes and 647 oversize folders)


Arranged in alphabetical order by student theatre group or group responsible for production, with alphabetized runs by group.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

pfd (Drawers P1.C1.04.7 - P1.C1.04.11 [Folders 1-250], P1.C1.04.13 - P1.C1.05.02 [Folders 258-619]; P1.C1.05.09 [Folders 670-725])

ppf (Drawers P1.C1.04.12 [Folders 251-257], P1.C1.05.03 - P1.C1.05.08 [Folders 620-669])

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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