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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 37

Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, edited by "Boz," extra-illustrated


Manuscript letters and drawings inserted into Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi (London, 1846).


  • 1801-1849

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.


.75 linear feet (4 volumes)

Contains manuscript letters, documents, and drawings, 1801-1849, by George Cruikshank, Charles Dickens, Joseph Grimaldi, Charles Kemble, Richard Brinsley Peake, and many others.

Biographical / Historical

Grimaldi was an English pantomime actor and clown.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Volume and page number nearest to manuscript item can be located at end of each entry.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-303F. Gift of William S. Spaulding; received: 1959 November.

Related Materials

These volumes also have numerous playbills, prints, and contemporary drawings of Grimaldi by Thomas M. Grimshaw that are not listed in this finding aid.

Grimaldi, Joseph, 1779-1837. Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, edited by "Boz," extra-illustrated: Index.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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