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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 68

Harvard Theatre Collection playbills and programs from theaters in the United States

Printed playbills and programs from theatrical productions presented at theaters in the United States, except for New York City and Boston.

Dates

  • 1800-1990

Language of Materials

Predominantly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

187 linear feet (148 boxes and 17 oversize folders)

Contains trinted playbills and programs from productions presented at theaters in the United States, except for New York City and Boston. Many playbills are from theatres in Chicago, the District of Columbia, Philadelphia, New Orleans, St. Louis, and throughout Massachusetts.

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 ballet, and opera and musical theatre, among other areas.

Theater programs and playbills are printed lists of the acts, scenes, selections, or other features composing a play or theatrical entertainment, including the names of the performers. Typically a playbill is a single-sheet listing of acts with a short description, printed on one side of paper and a program is a folded piece printed on both sides, in leaflet, pamphlet, or booklet size.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by state, town, and theatre name. Unidentified locations follow at the end of the alphabetical run. The boxed materials have not been fully processed, and are loosely alphabetized.

Physical Location

b(Boxes 1-53), bpf (Boxes 54-148), pfd (P1.C2.07.10 [Folders 1-7]), ppf (P1.C2.07.1 [Folders 18-17])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various gifts at various dates. Known acquisition information is noted in the file description.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2018 November.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard Theatre Collection. Harvard Theatre Collection playbills and programs from theaters in the United States, 1800-1990 (TCS 68): Guide.
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Date
2018 November 2
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
EAD ID
hou03046

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.

Contact:
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