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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 441

Sir John Martin-Harvey papers


Scripts, scores, set and costume designs, correspondence, and photographs of the English actor and manager John Martin-Harvey.


  • 1895-1945
  • Majority of material found in 1911-1924

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 (3 boxes, 1 oversized box, 12 scrapbooks)
Contains annotated scripts,scores, costume and set designs, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks of clippings, 1895-1936, programs, and souvenir programs relating to Martin-Harvey's theatrical career. Included are scripts, scores, and production photographs of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex (1912); scripts, scores, costume designs, and photographs of Hugo von Hoffmannsthal's Via Crucis (Everyman) (1923); and scene designs for Maurice Maeterlinck's Pelleas et Melisande (1911).

Biographical / Historical

English actor and manager, Martin-Harvey received his greatest critical acclaim for the role of Oedipus Rex, though he was best known for his romantic roles in melodrama.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Scripts
  2. II. Scores
  3. III. Original designs
  4. IV. Correspondence
  5. V. Photographs
  6. VI. Scrapbooks
  7. VII. Programs and souvenir programs
  8. VIII. Miscellany

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-142. Purchased.
Martin-Harvey, John, Sir, 1863-1944. Sir John Martin-Harvey papers, 1895-1945: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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