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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 6

Harvard Theatre Collection cabinet photographs of women with dwarfism

Scope and Contents

This collection includes theatrical cabinet portrait and group portrait photographs of female performers with dwarfism. Collection formerly called "Lilliputians, women."


  • 1866-1929

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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


1 linear feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Cabinet card photographs were in use from about 1866 through the late 1920s. They were a thin photograph mounted on cards measuring 4 1/4 by 6 1/2 inches. The reverse side of the card usually included extensive logos and advertising information of the photographer.

A dwarf is a person with short stature resulting from an abnormal medical condition known as dwarfism. This group also is known as "Little people."


Arranged alphabetically by name of subject of photograph.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Various donors.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Mirseyedi, 2018.

Harvard Theatre Collection cabinet photographs of women with dwarfism, 1866-1929 (TCS 6): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
July 24, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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

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