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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 725

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan sheet music


Printed sheet music of and relating to W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan compositions and productions.


  • 1866-1996

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English. Some material in German, Japanese, and Dutch.

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.


1.75 linear feet (7 portfolio boxes)
Collection contains printed sheet music composed and written by Gilbert and Sullivan, arrangements of Gilbert and Sullivan music, and sheet music related to Gilbert and Sullivan's body of work.

Biographical / Historical

W.S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert (1836-1911), an English lyricist and librettist, and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), an English composer, are well-known for their collaborative work in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Arrangements
  2. ___A. Illustrated
  3. ___B. Non-illustrated
  4. II. Excerpts and selections
  5. III. Adaptations and parodies
  6. IV. Gilbert and Sullivan related sheet music
Items within series and subseries arranged alphabetically by production or composition title unless noted otherwise.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett; received: 2010 October 9.

Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Gilbert and Sullivan (Harvard Theatre Collection).

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Ashley M. Nary
Link to catalog
W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan sheet music, 1866-1996: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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