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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 697

James Winston papers


Research papers of James Winston (1773-1843), an English actor and theater manager.


  • 1733-1871

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.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)
The bulk of the papers are manuscript notes, probably autograph, and clippings arranged by Winston under subject headings, usually the name of a theater or actor, but also general topics such as "Balloons." These have been arranged in folders alphabetically by topic. There are some letters to Winston, the bulk from Edmund John Eyre, and other correspondence to or from actors contemporary to Winston. Also includes a manuscript document concerning the rights of play authors to free admission to performances and part of a printed poem.

Biographical / Historical

James Winston (1773-1843) was an English actor and manager of several minor London theaters. He also worked as a theater architect and served as the secretary of the Garrick Club from its inception in 1831 until his death. Over the course of his life, he compiled notes and clippings for a projected history of the English stage.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Subject files
  2. II. Letters sent to James Winston
  3. III. Correspondence of others
  4. IV. Other materials

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-248r. Purchased with the Frank E. Chase Fund; received: 1945-1946 and later dates.

Related Materials

See also HOLLIS and/or OASIS for related materials by or about James Winston.

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Susan Wyssen
Link to catalog
Winston, James, 1773-1843. James Winston papers, 1733-1871: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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