Harvard Theatre Collection cabinet photographs of women in "freak shows"
Language of Materials
Collection is in English.
Conditions Governing Access
1 linear feet (1 box)
Biographical / Historical
A "freak" was defined as a person with something extraordinary about their appearance or behavior. A "freak show" was an exhibition of rarities, "freaks of nature," such as unusually tall or short humans, and people with both male and female secondary sexual characteristics or other extraordinary diseases and conditions, and performances that were expected to be shocking to the viewers. Changes in popular culture and entertainment led to the decline of the freak show as a form of entertainment.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Harvard Theatre Collection cabinet photographs of women in "freak shows", 1866-1929 (TCS 8): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- July 24, 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- EAD ID
Part of the Houghton Library Repository
Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA