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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 766

Correspondence and other papers of Arthur Sullivan, W. S. Gilbert, and related persons,

19th and 20th-century correspondence and papers of Arthur Sullivan, W. S. Gilbert, and other related persons.


  • 1834-1979.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are primarily in English. Some materials in French and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 collection (1.25 linear feet (4 boxes and 1 portfolio box))

The bulk of this collection is comprised of 19th and 20th-century correspondence from Arthur Sullivan, W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert, and their peers in the theater and music world including F. C. (Francis Cowley) Burnand, Rupert D'Oyly Carte, George Grossmith, and Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, among others. Additional papers in this collection include manuscript music, librettos, drawings, contracts, and signatures. All materials in the collection relate in some manner to Gilbert and Sullivan, their work, and/or their peers. Many items include dealer information and pricing.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Sullivan was an English composer. W. S. Gilbert was a English dramatist.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Other papers

Physical Location

b, pf

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).

Processing Information

Processed by: Ashley M. Nary
Link to catalog
Correspondence and other papers of Arthur Sullivan, W. S. Gilbert, and related persons, 1834-1979: 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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