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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 633

Walter S. Elliott collection of hand-decorated album leaves of theatrical performers


Inscribed, hand-decorated album leaves depicting American and European variety entertainers of the early 20th-century.


  • 1910-1915

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.25 linear feet (1 box)
93 pages, in ink, watercolor and photographs. Items were made and collected by Walter Elliott. Each leaf contains a photograph of an American or European performer or manager, surrounded by hand-drawn illustrations (perhaps by Mrs. Walter S. Elliott), and an autograph manuscript inscription to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott from the performer. Some pages reflect characteristics of the specialty act or the show in which the subject appeared, others reflect nationality or are primarily decorative. Each page is signed and typically includes inscriptions from performers who specialized in a variety of types of popular entertainment including: circus performers, strong men, ventriloquists, animal trainers, western acts, clowns, minstrel entertainers, singers, instrumentalists, and actors.

Biographical / Historical

Elliott (1868-1924) was a music hall and variety performer. He performed widely throughout the United States for 17 years with Frank B. Morton, as Morton and Elliott.


Arranged alphabetically by name of performer.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-56. Purchased with the Edward Sheldon Book fund, 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by: Emilie L. Hardman
Link to catalog
Elliott, Walter S., collector. Walter S. Elliott collection of hand-decorated album leaves of theatrical performers, 1910-1915: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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