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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 836

Photographs of musicians, composers, and singers,

Collection of photographs, cartes-de-visite, cabinet photographs, photographic postcards, copy prints, and photomechanical prints of musicians, composers, and singers.


  • 1862-1948.

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.


1 collection (1 linear foot (3 boxes))

Collection consists of portraits of composers, musicians, and singers depicted primarily in cartes-de-visite (card photographs) and cabinet photographs. There are a few photographic postcards, photomechanical prints, copy prints and one musical recital program. The bulk of the collection is from the 19th century with a few items from the 20th cenutry, many photographs are undated. The largest number of items are from photographic studios in the United States and England, but also include France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia, Poland, and Belgium. Notable musicians and composers include Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, and Johann Strauss.


Arranged alphabetically by name of subject of image.

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: Alison Harris
Link to catalog
Photographs of musicians, composers, and singers, 1862-1948: 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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