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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 658

David Garrick correspondence and other papers


Correspondence and other papers by and about David Garrick, the English actor, playwright, and theater manager.


  • 1701-1948
  • Majority of material found within 1701-1779

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

Autograph manuscript letters to and from David Garrick with friends, colleagues, and family. Also includes some Garrick family letters and documents, third-party letters concerning Garrick, and letters concerning the collection.

Includes letters to and from Richard Cox, Robert Dodsley, Bernard Hale, Henri Louis Cain Lekain, Hannah More, Thomas Pelham-Holles Newcastle, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Sir James Stonhouse, and others. Garrick family materials concern David Garric (grandfather of David Garrick), Arabella Garrick, George Garrick, Eva Maria Garrick, and Peter Garrick.

Also included are multiple lists (item (44)) documenting Harvard's Garrick holdings, but not all the listed items were located at time of final cataloging of this collection [February 2011].

Biographical / Historical

David Garrick (1717-1779) was a English actor, playwright, and theater manager and producer. He was a pupil and friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson. From 1747 to 1776, he was a partner in the Drury Lane Theatre. He married Eva Maria Veigel (1724-1822) in 1749.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. David Garrick correspondence
  2. II. Other Garrick-related papers
  3. III. Garrick facsimiles
  4. IV. Materials concerning the Garrick collection

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift and purchase from various sources, various dates. See items below for acquisition information.


Little, David M.; and George M. Kahrl, eds. The Letters of David Garrick (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963). Cited below as: Little, followed by letter number.
Numbers referring to letters published in the Little and Kahrl edition have been added to items below.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Garrick, David, 1717-1779. David Garrick correspondence and other papers, 1701-1948: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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