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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 473

William Henry Sedley Smith collection of promptbooks, marked editions and manuscript sides


Prompt books, marked editions, and manuscript sides of British actor William Henry Sedley Smith.


  • 1769-1869

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.2 linear feet (3 boxes)

Collection of prompt books, marked editions, and manuscript sides, including The blue devils, The love chase, and Village doctor.

Biographical / Historical

Smith was a British actor.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Prompt books
  2. II. Part books and study books--printed texts
  3. III. Manuscript sides
  4. IV. Unmarked editions and miscellaneous
  5. V. Addenda

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Purchased from Benjamin J. Tighe, of Worcester, Mass.; Frank E. Chase Bequest; received: 1946 August.

Smith, William Henry Sedley, 1806-1872, collector. William Henry Sedley Smith collection of prompt books, marked editions and manuscript sides,1769-1869: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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