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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 48

Harvard Theatre Collection theatrical scene photomechanical prints

Contains photomechanical prints from theatrical productions, mainly in England and the United States.

Dates

  • 1855-1900

Language of Materials

English, French, German

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

2 linear feet (4 boxes and 81 oversize folders)

Contains commercial reproductions of prints of scenes from dramatic productions, mainly from the latter half of the nineteenth century. The majority of the photomechanical prints were published in papers such as the “Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News,” “Gleason’s Pictorial,” “New York Dramatic News,” “John C. Freund’s Music and Drama,” “Baillou’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion,” and “Illustrated London News,” among others. The majority of the prints are from productions in the United States and England, though some appear to also be French and German.

Biographical / Historical

The Harvard Theatre Collection was founded in 1901 through the efforts of Professor George Pierce Baker, and collects documentary materials pertaining to the history of the performing arts, including theatre, dance and ballent, and opera and musical theatre, among other areas. The Harvard Theatre Collection has collected photomechanical prints which depict theatrical scenes over the course of the twentieth century, up to 2010, when this series was closed.

Photomechanical prints are images produced by processes that involve a photographic process (that is, employing light-sensitivity) to transfer an image, and then a separate process to produce the print, which was never itself light-sensitive. Formerly called process prints.

Arrangement

The oversized materials are arranged in alphabetical order by production title. The boxed materials have not been processed, and are loosely arranged in alphabetical order by production title.

Physical Location

b, pfd (P1.C2.06.17 - P1.C2.06.18 [Folders 1-81])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various gifts, various dates.

Processing Information

Oversized materials processed by Betts Coup, 2018 October. Boxed materials have not been processed.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard Theatre Collection. Harvard Theatre Collection theatrical scene photomechanical prints, 1855-1900 (TCS 48): Guide.
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Date
2018 October 16
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
EAD ID
hou03036

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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