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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 470 (1533) - (1545)

Rogers Memorial Collection: Rogers Memorial Room records


Records kept by the Harvard Theatre Collection concerning the administration of the Rogers Memorial Collection donated by Henry Munroe Rogers and Clara Kathleen Rogers.


  • 1930-1966.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This series is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection consists of records kept by the Harvard Theatre Collection concerning the administration of the Rogers Memorial Collection, including bookplates, catalog cards, inventories, memoranda, a rubber stamp, and a visitors' book, as well as papers concerning the publication of The Rogers Memorial Room : an account of the nature, origin, and significance of the memorabilia presented to Harvard College in 1930 by Clara Kathleen & Henry Munroe Rogers ([Boston] : Cosmos Press, 1935).

Biographical / Historical

Henry Munroe Rogers (1839-1937) was a Boston lawyer, best known as a patron of local theater. Born in Boston, he was one of six children of John Hicks Rogers and Lucy Catherine Smith. He attended Harvard College (A.B. 1862; L.L.B. 1867) and served as a paymaster in the United States Navy during the Civil War. He became a successful Boston lawyer and a charter member in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. After his marriage in 1878 to the English opera singer Clara Kathleen Barnett (daughter of the English composer John Barnett), the couple entertained many theatrical, literary and musical luminaries in their home.

Henry Munroe Rogers and Clara Kathleen Rogers amassed a substantial collection of theatrical and military memorabilia over the course of their long lives, mostly as part of their personal papers. In 1930, they donated these papers to Harvard College Library, where they were first arranged by Edward Bass Hall and his mother Lillian Arvilla Hall of the Harvard Theatre Collection. The Rogers Memorial Room on the top floor of Widener Library was set aside to house the collection, and opened in 1935. The Rogers Memorial Room was relocated to the Harvard Theatre Collection's space in Lamont Library in 1949. Building renovations required that the room be vacated in 2006, but the Rogers Memorial Collection is still maintained as a unified whole.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

The core of the collection arrived in 1930, but Henry Munroe Rogers continued to add material informally through 1937, and the Rogers Memorial Room continued to generate records after that point.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Clara Kathleen Rogers and Henry Munroe Rogers; received: 1930.

Related Materials

The following letters in the Henry Munroe Rogers Papers, MS Thr 470 (88) - (667), relate directly to the founding of the Rogers Memorial Room:
  1. HMR to Robert Pierpont Blake, 1930 May 22, item (306)
  2. Robert Pierpont Blake to HMR, 1930 May 24, item (306)
  3. Lillian Arvilla Hall to HMR, 1930 June 18, item (170)
  4. Lillian Arvilla Hall to HMR, 1931 Apr. 23, item (170)

Separated Materials

The Rogers Memorial Collection, of which this is Series IX, contains literary, musical and historical material from Boston circa 1860-1937, and memorabilia of the English composer John Barnett (1802-1890). A master list of the Rogers Memorial Collection series can be found in HOLLIS 10104119.

General note

This series is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler
Link to catalog
Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937, collector. Rogers Memorial Collection: Rogers Memorial Room records, 1930-1966: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, 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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