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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1823

Century illustrated monthly magazine drawings

Contains drawings and watercolors created for Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine by Archie Gunn, W.E. Hill, Gordon Corant, Arthur Jule Goodman, Ahelene Carier, Frank Snapp, and others.


  • circa 1891-1922

Language of Materials

English, French

Conditions Governing Access

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

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.66 linear feet (1 box and 18 oversize folders)

Contains drawings created for Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine from the late nineteenth century through the first two decades of the twentieth century. The drawings include portrayals of theatrical personalities, characters and scenes from contemporary productions, as well as caricatures of productions, used to illustrate the magazine. Artists include W.E. Hill, Archie Gunn, Pauline Hatfield, Arthur Jule Goodman, Gordon Corant, Ahelene Carier, Frank Snapp, and others. Several drawings by Archie Gunn were intended to illustrate the 1899 articles "Behind the Scenes with Wagner." The productions portrayed include "D'Apres Nature," "The Honey Moon Express," "The Devil," "John Bull's The Other Island," and "Turandot - Princess of China," as well as various unidentified productions. Among the theatrical personalities depicted are Elsie Janis, Tomasso Salvini, A.M. Palmer, George Arliss, Graham Browne, Wilfred Shine, Granville Barker, and Louis Calvert.

Biographical / Historical

The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine began publication in the United States in 1881 by the Century Company as the successor to Scribner’s Monthly Magazine. It was published from 1881 to 1930, when it was merged with The Forum.


Arranged alphabetically by the surname of the artist, with items by unidentified artists following.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, pfd (P1.C1.07.06 - P1.C1.07.07 [Folders 1-18])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Source unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2018 July.
Century illustrated monthly magazine drawings, circa 1891-1922 (MS Thr 1823): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 July 03
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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