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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 20

Harvard Theatre Collection cartes-de-visite photographs of men in popular entertainment

Scope and Contents

Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of males involved in popular entertainment shows such as the circus, variety shows, wild west shows, fairs, etc...


  • 1854-1879

Conditions Governing Access

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


2 linear feet (3 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Cartes-de-visite were small-format photographs affixed to card stock begun about 1854. The image was a standard size of 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches. They went out of fashion in the 1870s.


Arranged alphabetically by name of subject of photograph.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Various sources, various dates.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Mirseyedi, 2018.

Harvard Theatre Collection cartes-de-visite photographs of men in popular entertainment, 1854-1879 (TCS 20): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
September 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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