Harvard Theatre Collection popular entertainment playbills, posters, prints, and clippings
- Majority of material found within 1805-1895
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
A portion of this collection is fragile, but is still open for research. Please use additional caution when handling.(Those items are contained in drawers P1.C2.02.17-P1.C2.02.19 and P1.C2.03.04-P1.C2.03.08.)
A portion of 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.
23.68 linear feet (4 flat boxes and 595 oversize folders)
Most of the materials included are promotional playbills or posters, along with programs and prints, some of which were likely commemorative. Additional materials including related newspaper clippings, illustrated magazine articles, and costume designs. The materials are primarily in English but also in French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch, and were the products of popular entertainment activities throughout the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries across the United States and much of Europe. A few items relate to circuses and other performances in the twentieth century, mainly in the first three decades.
Biographical / Historical
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Harvard Theatre Collection. Harvard Theatre Collection popular entertainment playbills, posters, prints, and clippings, 1618-1979 (inclusive), 1805-1895 (bulk) (MS Thr 1835): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- 2018 August 13
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- EAD ID
Part of the Houghton Library Repository
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