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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 532

Wells collection of theatrical photographs


Portrait photographs of actors and actresses collected by George Doane Wells.


  • 1890-1930

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Primarily portrait photographs of American actors and actresses. Some group portraits and a few photographs of scenes from stage productions. If the photographer is known, it is listed in the note. Many items include manuscript annotations on verso. Some images are photomechanical prints.

Biographical / Historical

George Doane Wells was born in Ohio in 1872, and was an 1894 graduate of Harvard College. He spent most of his life in Boston, Massachusetts as a bookbinder and book dealer.


Arranged into two series:
  1. I. Portrait photographs
  2. II. Group photographs from stage productions

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2004MT-44 (part only). Gift of Elizabeth Huidekouper Wells Stabler (sister of George Doane Wells); received: 1945 May 15.

Related Materials

Related materials held by the Harvard Theatre Collection include: the Wells collection on actors and actresses (*2004MT-0044); and George Doane Wells Manuscripts (*93M-235). Wells manuscripts are also part of the collection of the Harvard University Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by: Monique Duhaime, with the assistance of Melanie Wisner and Bonnie B. Salt

Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.
Link to catalog
Wells, George Doane, collector. Wells collection of theatrical photographs, circa 1890-1930: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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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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