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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1700

Phoebe Andrews Luther theater scrapbooks


Theater promotional material and personal notes.


  • circa 1881-1906

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Access This collection 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.


.75 linear feet (1 box)
Collection includes six scrapbooks, where Phoebe Andrews Luther compiled an account of theater performances and actors she had seen. Four of the scrapbooks contain handwritten notes, including the title of the play, name of the theater, the date of the performance, who accompanied her, and criticisms of the performance and individual actors. Also included in the scrapbooks are photographs, newspaper clippings, and programs.

Biographical / Historical

Phoebe Andrews Luther from Brooklyn, New York was a theater enthusiast and avidly collected late 19th and early 20th century theater ephemera. Luther frequented the following performance venues within the New York City area: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montauk Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Daly's Theatre, Empire Theatre, Knickerbocker, Lyceum, Broadway Theatre, Belasco Theatre, and Metropolitan Opera House.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are arranged according to the theater records and scrapbooks in roughly chronologic order.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Purchased from Sanctuary Books via the Frank E. Chase Bequest, 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018MT-043. Purchased from Sanctuary Books in 2017 September.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn 2017 October.
Link to catalog
Luther, Phoebe Andrews. Phoebe Andrews Luther, circa 1881-1906 (MS Thr 1700): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
October 31, 2017
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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