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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 548

Theatre Arts Monthly collection of photographs


Photographs of theatrical persons, performances, and places from the archives of Theatre Arts Books which produced the magazines Theatre Arts Magazine, Theatre Arts Monthly, and Theatre Arts.


  • 1900-1964

Language of Materials

Collection materials are primarily in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


10 linear feet (27 boxes)
Collection primarily includes theatrically-related photographs used for the various publications produced by Theatre Arts Books. Includes some other types of images such as copy prints of drawings and other original artwork, a few letters, printed playbills, posters, and programs. At the end of the collection is a typescript topical bibliography listing articles from the Theatre Arts magazines, and a typescript cumulative index of the magazine by title and author from 1916-1948.

Images are of all types of productions including plays, movies, musical stage productions, ballets, folk dances, operas, music festivals, and others. Images depict individuals, groups of actors, costume designs, stage sets, still images from films, United States army shows, theatre buildings' interiors and exteriors, scenes from all types of productions, and others. The bulk of the material is primarily from the United States and Great Britain, but the scope is world-wide, also including France, Germany, Italy, and Russia, among others. Most photographs are labeled and include more information than is contained in this guide.

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 into the following series:
  1. I. Army (United States) shows
  2. II. Costume design
  3. III. Dance stills
  4. IV. Film stills
  5. V. Photographs by country
  6. VI. Scenes
  7. VII. Theatre buildings
  8. VIII. Miscellaneous subjects
  9. IX. Unsorted photographs
  10. X. Indexes
These groupings were already established when collection was received in repository.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Theatre Arts Books; received: 1985 November 27.

Separated Materials

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Amy Lang and Bonnie B. Salt, with the assistance of Melanie Wisner.
Link to catalog
Theatre Arts Monthly collection of photographs, circa 1900-1964: 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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