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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 817

Photographs featuring 19th-century theatrical groups, companies, productions, and related personalities


Photographs of 19th-century theatrical companies, personalities, and productions.


  • Creation: 1870-1893

Language of Materials

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

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.


.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

This collection contains images, mainly cartes-de-visite and cabinet photographs, of 19th-century theatrical groups, personalities, and productions including minstrel groups, the Hasty Pudding club, the Oberammergauer Passionsspiel, and others. Photograph formats include photomontages, composites, and copy prints.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Theatrical companies and groups
  2. II. Theatrical personalities and celebrities
  3. III. Theatrical productions

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 Theater, Dance and Music (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

Photographs featuring 19th-century theatrical groups, companies, productions, and related personalities, 1870-1893: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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