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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 71

Harvard Theatre Collection of playbills and programs concerning male "stars"

Scope and Contents

Printed playbills and programs with prominent male stars.


  • circa 1700-1930

Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


25 linear feet (46 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Theater programs and playbills are printed lists of the acts, scenes, selections, or other features composing a play or theatrical entertainment, including the names of the performers. Typically a playbill is a single-sheet listing of acts with a short description, printed on one side of paper and a program is a folded piece printed on both sides, in leaflet, pamphlet, or booklet size.


Arranged alphabetically by last name of performer.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Various sources, various dates.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Amos, 2017.

Harvard Theatre Collection of playbills and programs concerning male "stars", circa 1700-1930 (TCS 71): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
September 15, 2017
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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, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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