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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 182-182.1

John Lawrence Toole autograph collection

Autograph album and correspondence of English actor and theatrical manager John Lawrence Toole.


  • 1750-1903 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.33 linear feet (3 volumes)

An autograph collection possibly compiled by Toole containing letters and portraits of eighteenth and nineteenth-century English actors and playwrights. Includes engravings of Guiseppe De Begnis, John Fawcett, Charles Mathews, Benjamin Wrench as Benedick in Much ado about nothing, watercolor of [John] Liston as Paul Pry by J. Clayton Clarke, and a signed photograph of Toole, among other portraits. Also includes letters to Toole from Henry William George Paget Anglesey, Charles James Mathews, Benjamin Webster, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, John Baldwin Buckstone, Shirley Brooks, Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, Lawrence Barrett, James Robertson Planché, and William Ewart Gladstone, among others. Also includes letters by Charles Dickens, among other correspondence.

The autograph album lacks pp. 36, 187, 188; there is no page numbered 175.

Biographical / Historical

Toole was an English actor and theatrical manager.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. fMS Thr 182: Autograph album and letters
  2. ___A. Autograph album
  3. ___B. Letters to John Lawrence Toole
  4. II. fMS Thr 182.1: Correspondence

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*66M-62-*66M-62.1. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund from Emily Driscoll, 115 East 40th Street, New York, New York 10016; received: 1966 November 30.
Toole, John Lawrence, 1830-1906, collector. John Lawrence Toole autograph collection: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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