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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 954

Ralph McGoun toy theater collection


Scripts, characters and scenery for toy theaters. Also includes some props, sets, and assembled Danish toy theaters.


  • 1946-1949 and undated


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and Danish.

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Collection includes printed colored toy theater scenery, characters, top borders, and play scripts. Companies are Pollock's Toy Theater and Green's.

Also includes miscellaneous props, brackets, sets, a photograph, 2 scripts, and 2 assembled Danish toy theaters for: open air Chinese Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli Amusement Park in Copenhagen, and Alfred Jacobsen's reproduction of the Theatre Royal in Copenhagen, with motto: Ei Blot Til Lyst.

Biographical / Historical

Ralph McGoun (1905-1988) received an AB with the Class of 1927 Amherst College.


Arranged alphabetically by title. Some larger items boxed at end of finding aid.

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number; Gift of Ralph McGoun; received: 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

McGoun, Ralph, collector. Ralph McGoun toy theater collection, 1946-1949: Guide.
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