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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 34

Harvard Theatre Collection of dance portrait photographs


Includes portrait and group portrait photographs of dancers.


  • circa 1903-1990

Conditions Governing Access

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


3.25 linear feet (12 boxes)

Contains photographs of dancers and dance groups since the mid-nineteenth century up until this series' closure in 2010. The dancers and groups are inclusive across genres of dance, nationalities, and location of performances that might be included or referenced.


Arranged in alphabetical order by name of main subject of portrait or group portrait.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Multiple gifts at multiple dates, with some acquisition information unknown. See the file description for known acquisition information.

Related Materials

For theatrical portraits in other formats (such as cabinet photographs, postcards, cartes-de-visite, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes) see "HTC 2" and other "TCS" series, such as TCS 28 and TCS 29, and other individual photographic collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin Aslami and Betts Coup, 2022.

Harvard Theatre Collection, collector. Harvard Theatre Collection of dance portrait photographs, circa 1903-1990 (TCS 34): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2022 April
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Repository Details

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