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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 792

Theater, entertainment, sports, and popular culture realia


Realia from 1772-2008 concerning entertainment, sports, popular culture and theatrical productions.


  • Creation: 1772-2008 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English; a few in French, German, and Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

The majority of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. [Items shelved at Houghton are so marked in this finding aid.] Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


15 linear feet (6 boxes)

A collection of objects (realia) that have a relationship to theater, the entertainment industry, sports, or popular culture. Includes: badges, a boot hook, candy, ceramic tiles, charms, cigarette holders, coasters, commemorative coins, corks, cuff links, dice, erasers, fans, finger puppets, flip books, garters, gum, jewelry, key rings, magnets, matches, medals, minstrel bones, pencils, Pez dispensers, pitch pipes, plates, playing cards, powder compact, printing equipment, seal dies, seeds, souvenirs of theatrical productions, spoons, stickers, thaumatropes, toothpicks, toys, trading cards, trench checkers, wax seal impressions, a yo-yo, and many other objects.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Extra-small object boxes
  2. II. Small object boxes
  3. III. Medium object boxes
  4. IV. Large object boxes
  5. V. Extra-large object boxes

Physical Location

b, 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 Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

General note

The majority of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Theater, entertainment, sports, and popular culture realia, 1772-2008: 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, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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