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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 830

Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers


Miscellaneous letters and documents by or about playwright, theater owner, and politician, Richard Brinsley Sheridan.


  • 1781-1814

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

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.


.25 linear feet (1 box)
Primarily autograph manuscript letters (signed) from Richard Brinsley Sheridan to many others. Also contains: letter from John Jervis to Sheridan; and manuscript documents on vellum concerning and signed by Sheridan, such as a receipt and a grant of admission to the Theatres Royal.

Associated names include: Richard Peake, Thomas Lindley, Thomas Harris, Edward Barlow, John Grubb, James Cobb, Henry Burgess, William Adam, Thomas Hammersley, and others.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was a playwright, theater proprietor, and politician. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and later moved to London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Various sources, various dates; see items for accession information, if known.

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
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers, 1781-1814: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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