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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 951

American minstrel show additional collection

Printed materials from American minstrel shows, and one watercolor image.


  • 1840-1922

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.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

The collection contains mostly printed materials related to American minstrel troupes, primarily performing in the United States, but also includes a few performances overseas. Includes: a few images of minstrel performers and troupes, playbills, programs, scripts, tickets, rules and regulations for performers, a songster, clippings, and miscellaneous pamphlets. Also with one watercolor image of dancing minstrels.

Biographical / Historical

Minstrelsy was a type of popular entertainment in the United States, principally of the 19th-century, which consisted of the theatrical presentation of elements of African-American life in song, dance, and speech.


Arranged alphabetically by name of minstrel company or title.

Physical Location


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.

Related Materials

See also HOLLIS and OASIS for additional minstrel show materials held by the Houghton Library.

Other collections concerning American minstrelsy are held by the Harris Collection at Brown University, the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Princeton University, the Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin, and the State Library of Ohio in Columbus.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
American minstrel show additional collection, 1840-1922: 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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