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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 720

Herbert Hugh Harvey collection on Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Lady Maud Tree


Theatrical materials concerning English actors and theater managers, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Lady Maud Tree, collected by Herbert Hugh Harvey.


  • Creation: 1901-1921

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

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)

Theatrical materials collected by theater fan, Herbert Hugh Harvey, including: photographic postcards (and 1 cabinet photograph) of images of both Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Maud Tree in various acting roles primarily at His Majesty’s Theatre (London, England); picture postcards from plays; a letter from Maud Tree to Herbert Hugh Harvey; and theater programs and clippings mostly from productions at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917) was born Herbert Draper Beerbohm, and was an English actor and manager. Tree also helped finance the building, and then became manager of (1897-1917), His/Her Majesty's Theatre in London. In 1904 Tree established the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and he was knighted in 1909. His wife and business partner was English actress Lady Maud Tree (1863-1937), born Helen Maud Holt.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Photographic images of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
  2. II. Photographic images of Lady Maud Tree
  3. III. Picture postcards concerning plays
  4. IV. Letters
  5. V. Theater programs and other printed material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

66T-12. Purchase with the Frank E. Chase fund, 1966 November.

Separated Materials

Purchased with volume: Beerbohn, Sir Max, 1872-1956, compiler. Herbert Beerbohm Tree... London [1920]. 1st edition. Gallatin-Oliver 16.

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

Harvey, Herbert Hugh, collector. Herbert Hugh Harvey collection on Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Lady Maud Tree, 1901-1921: Guide.
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