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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 437

Harry Ellerbe papers


Promptbooks, annotated plays, contracts, and other miscellaneous material of American actor and director Harry Ellerbe.


  • Creation: 1924-1983

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


6 linear feet (14 boxes)

Contains promptbooks and annotated plays; actors' equity contracts, 1930-1936; letters to Ellerbe; financial records; address books; clippings; photos; scrapbooks on his acting career; playbills of plays he acted in or directed; souvenir programs; and miscellaneous theatre flyers and other printed material.

Biographical / Historical

Ellerbe (1901-1992) was an American actor and director.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Promptbooks and annotated plays
  2. II. Manuscripts
  3. III. Clipping Files
  4. IV. Photographs
  5. V. Scrapbooks
  6. VI. Playbills and other printed materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-137. Gift of Mr. Harry Ellerbe, 1896 Wycliff Road, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30309; received: 1984 September 19.

Ellerbe, Harry. Harry Ellerbe papers, 1924-1983: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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