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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 753

Sheet music covers featuring theater and circus illustrations and portraits


19th-century song sheet music covers, depicting theatrical persons and scenes.


  • 19th-century

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)
Printed 19th-century song sheet music covers with theater and circus illustrations and portraits. Includes colored lithographs, three-tone lithographs, and black and white lithographs. Also includes a typescript list of these materials, item (1), with additional information about each cover.

Includes images of Mary Anderson, Sarah Bernhardt, Dan Bryant, Jules Leotard, Willie Pape, and many others.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Sheet music covers by actor
  2. II. Sheet music covers by title

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

63T-3. Purchased with the F. E. Chase fund; received: 1963 October.

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
Link to catalog
Sheet music covers featuring theater and circus illustrations and portraits, 19th-century: 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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