Harvard Theatre Collection French and Italian cartes-de-visite theatrical portrait photographs
Scope and Contents
Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of males and females involved in the theater, with a French or Italian producer of the card. Depicts primarily French and Italian actors and actresses.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
Extent2 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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
No accession number. Various sources, various dates.
Processed by Sarah Mirseyedi, 2018.
- Harvard Theatre Collection French and Italian cartes-de-visite theatrical portrait photographs, 1854-1879 (TCS 22): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- September 17, 2018
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