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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 669

Justin Winsor papers for Garrick and his contemporaries


Papers assembled by American librarian and historian Justin Winsor, for his definitive life of British actor David Garrick. The publication was never completed.


  • 1851-1867

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2.5 linear feet (7 boxes)

Autograph manuscript draft text, research notes, cuttings, and bibliography for Winsor's book on the life of David Garrick titled: Garrick and his contemporaries. Winsor had the habit of taking notes on tiny slips of paper and most of the notes are on very small, unsorted slips.

Biographical / Historical

Justin Winsor (1831-1897) was a librarian and historian. He received an AB from Harvard College in 1853, was the Superintendent of the Boston Public Library from1868–1877, Librarian of Harvard College from 1877 until his death, and the first president of the American Library Association, 1876-1885. Winsor published numerous historical books and articles and planned this massive, exhaustive biography of actor David Garrick, but it never was published.

David Garrick (1717-1779) was a British actor, writer, theater manager, entrepreneur, and international celebrity. David Garrick revolutionized acting and the English stage in the eighteenth century and also was a pupil and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Manuscript volumes for Garrick and his contemporaries
  2. II. Other materials concerning Garrick and his contemporaries.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Bequest of Justin Winsor, AB 1853; received: 1899 March 31.

Recataloged from the following call-numbers:

  1. Thr 477.1.2*; formerly 17471.1.2.
  2. Thr 477.1.2.3*.
  3. Thr 477.1.2.6*; formerly Thr 405.2.6.
  4. Thr 477.1.2.7*; formerly Thr 405.2.7 and 17471.1.7.
  5. Thr 477.1.2.8*; formerly Thr 405.2.8 and 17471.1.8.
  6. Thr 477.1.2.9*; formerly Thr 405.2.9 and 17471.1.9.
  7. Thr 477.1.8.10*.

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Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897. Justin Winsor papers for Garrick and his contemporaries, 1851-1867: Guide.
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