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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1837

National and World’s Peace Jubilees and Music Festivals collection

Contains programs, newspaper clippings, prints, photographs, plans, and souvenirs relating to two jubilees and music festivals held in Boston, the National Peace Jubilee and Music Festival in 1869 and the World’s Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival in 1872.

Dates

  • 1869-1872

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is fragile: restricted. Consult curatorial staff to see any restricted items, which are noted in the file description. The remaining portion of the collection is open for research.

Extent

1.5 linear feet (1 box and 22 oversize folders)

National Peace Jubilee and Music Festival materials relate to the promotion, planning, and commemoration of the event in 1869. These include programs, newspaper clippings from Boston regional newspapers, plans for seating in the coliseum constructed for the events, and prints depicting views of the coliseum exterior. Further materials include souvenir tickets, commemorative prints, and promotional posters.

Included in the World’s Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival grouping are similar items relating to its planning, construction, and promotion from 1872. Among these are publications, newspaper clippings from regional papers, and illustrated articles from the Dramatic News and Sporting Journal. Planning materials include seat plans, and further materials relate to the construction of the Great Coliseum for the Jubilee, including photos during and after construction.

Biographical / Historical

Held in June, 1869 in Boston, Massachusetts, the National Peace Jubilee and Music Festival was a celebration of the end of the United States Civil War (1861-1865) organized by P.S. (Patrick Sarsfield) Gilmore (1829-1892). The Jubilee included performances by an orchestra, chorus, and soloists, with more than 11,000 performers on stage throughout the event. In 1872, Gilmore directed the World’s Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, an eighteen-day festival honoring the end of the Franco-Prussian War. For the Jubilee, a colosseum intended to seat 100,000 people was constructed, designed by architect William G. Preston.

Arrangement

Arranged in two groupings, with all materials relating to the 1869 National Peace Jubilee and Music Festival followed by those relating to the 1872 World’s Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival.

Physical Location

b (Pusey aisle 5), pfd (P2.C2.02.02 [Folders 1-14]), ppf (P2.C2.02.03 [Folders 15-22])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisition information is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2018 August.
Link to catalog
Title
National and World’s Peace Jubilees and Music Festivals collection, 1869-1872 (MS Thr 1837): Guide.
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Date
2018 August 17
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
EAD ID
hou02992

Repository Details

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.

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