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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 594

Portraits of female burlesque entertainers


Portraits of female burlesque stars who appeared in Boston, Massachusetts theaters.


  • 1925-1946

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

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.


.25 linear feet (1 box)
Portrait photographs of female striptease performers at burlesque theaters in Boston, Massachusetts. Theaters include: Columbia Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, Globe Theatre, Howard Athenaeum, Park Theatre, Waldron's Casino Theatre, and others. Includes portraits of Ann Corio, Hinda Wassau and many others. Appears to be a collection of photographs formerly kept by the Boston Globe. as most photographs are stamped on verso: Return to Dramatic Dept. Boston Globe. The majority of the photographs were shot by Strand (New York) photographic studio, but other photographers are also included.

Biographical / Historical

The burlesque show in 20th-century America was a type of variety show in which striptease was the chief attraction. It included a blend of comedy acts and striptease.


Arranged alphabetically by name of entertainer.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Portraits of female burlesque entertainers, 1925-1946: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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