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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 801

Harvard Theatre Collection of French theatrical portraits

General Note

Approximately 190 portraits and caricatures, most colored and in costume, including many from famous published series. Includes most of the 1870 publication, Le théâtre illustré.


  • unknown

Language of Materials

In French and English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Check with Houghton Public Services staff. Collection is open for research.


.25 linear feet (1 box)



Ownership and Custodial History

Purchased with the Frank E. Chase Bequest and the George and Faith Kahrl Fund for Theatre History, 2009.

Related / Analytical Title

Le théâtre illustré.

Processing Information

Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Betts Coup, 2020


Harvard Theatre Collection, collector. Harvard Theatre Collection of French theatrical portraits (MS Thr 801): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 16, 2018
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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.

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