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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 814

William Charles Macready papers


Primarily letters from English stage manager and actor, William Charles Macready, to various recipients.


  • Creation: 1819-1866

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.


.2 linear feet (1 box)

This collection includes letters from Macready to a number of recipients, many also involved in the British and American stage, including Edwin Forrest, 1806-1872 and Washington Irving, 1783-1859. Autograph documents by Macready, his bookplate, and clippings relating to his death are also included.

Biographical / Historical

William Charles Macready was an English stage manager and actor known particularly for his Shakespearean roles.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Letters from William Charles Macready
  2. II. Other material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2007MT-5r. Gift from unknown source; received: date unknown. Several letters are mounted on detached leaves and appear to have previously been part of autograph books or albums.

No accession number. Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell; received: 1918. Portions of this collection, including Macready's bookplate and various letters marked "W" with a red colored pencil. Original box housing collection was saved as item (49).

Related Materials

See also: William Charles Macready diary transcripts, 1833-1836 (MS Thr 547).

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Emilie L. Hardman

Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873. William Charles Macready papers, 1819-1866: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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