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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 545

Theatre Arts Monthly collection of photographs of set designs


Photographs and and other images of set designs for theatrical productions.


  • Creation: 1924-1949

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

The majority of this collection 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.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Photographs of real sets and of set design drawings and other depictions. The majority are for dramatic or musical theatrical productions, but also include ballet, opera, and film. A few photographs also depict costume designs and members of the cast.

Biographical / Historical

Theatre Arts Magazine (1916-1923), Theatre Arts Monthly (1924- October 1939), and Theatre Arts (November 1939-1964) were classic serial publications containing in-depth coverage of every aspect of the theatre world.


Arranged alphabetically by title of production. Unidentified titles are at end.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository [boxes 1, 2], b [box 3]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Theatre Arts Books, 1985 November 27.

Separated Materials

Other portions of the Theatre Arts Monthly Collection have been cataloged into these additional finding aids:

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Amy Lang with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt and Melanie Wisner

Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Theatre Arts Monthly collection of photographs of set designs, circa 1924-1949: 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, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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