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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 4

Harvard Theatre Collection cabinet photographs of European operetta performers

Scope and Contents

Cabinet cards of European operatta performers. Operetta is a genre of the performing arts, related to opera, but lighter in terms of both music and subject matter. The term began as a label for stage works that were shorter or otherwise less ambitious than full scale operas, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The operetta is the precursor of modern musical theater.


  • 1866-1929

Conditions Governing Access

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


2 linear feet (2 boxes)

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Cabinet cards are listed alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Various sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Mirseyedi, 2018 June.

Harvard Theatre Collection cabinet photographs of European operetta performers, 1866-1929 (TCS 4): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
June 19, 2018
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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.

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