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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 357

Betty Wharton collection of theatrical autographs


Theatrical autographs collected by American actress Betty Wharton.


  • 1707-1869

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes theatrical letters, particularly from the eighteenth and nineteenth century English stage, collected by Wharton. Correspondence includes letters of Colley Cibber, Robert William Elliston, John Fawcett, David Garrick, Dorothy Jordan, Adelaide Kemble, Frances Anne (Fanny) Kemble, John Philip Kemble, and Charles Mathews, among others. Also includes manuscript and printed documents and signed printed tickets.

Biographical / Historical

Wharton (1911-1980) was an American actress and the wife of American lawyer and writer John F. Wharton.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*80M-447. Gift of Kathleen Fisher Greenacre and Martyn Greenacre, 14 Fore Street, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL7 5AH England; received: 1981 April 13.

Wharton, Betty, collector. Betty Wharton collection of theatrical autographs: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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