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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 549

William Pleater Davidge collection of photographs


Photographs of the Davidge family and theatrical people collected by William Pleater Davidge and other members of the Davidge family.


  • 1867-1922.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Includes portraits, group portraits, photographs, tintypes, cabinet photographs, cartes-de-visite, lithographs, and printed images of the Davidge family and other actors and actresses. Collection of images are primarily from late 19th-century, with some earlier and later.

Biographical / Historical

William Pleater Davidge (1814-1888) was an English-born comic actor, dramatist, and author who emigrated to the United States in 1850. His son, William Thomas Davidge (1847-1899) was also a comic actor and was married to actress Maggie Harold Davidge (1852-1907).


Arranged by box number, then alphabetically by name of subject of image. Unidentified photographs are at end of each box listing.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

69M-147. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund from Mr. and Mrs. William B. Davidge, 223 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York 11701. Purchased through Barbara Falk, P.O. Box 87, 58 New Street, Huntington, New York 11743; received: 1970 March.

Related Materials

See also: William Pleater Davidge Papers (bMS Thr 283) and William Pleater Davidge Additional Papers (2006MT-126r).

Processing Information

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

Collection was partially listed by box many years before finding aid was created. Organization by box number was retained to produce this finding aid. Collection is only minimally processed as many photographs remain unidentified.
Link to catalog
Davidge, William Pleater, 1814-1888. William Pleater Davidge collection of photographs, circa 1867-1922: 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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