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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 58

Harvard Theatre Collection on Paris theaters


Contains prints (visual works), photographs, newsclippings, and posters displaying exterior and interior views and seating charts of Paris theaters.


  • 1745-1945

Language of Materials

French, English

Conditions Governing Access

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


2.02 linear feet (2 boxes and 38 oversize folders)

Contains photographs, prints, posters, and newsclippings displaying exterior and interior views and seating charts of Paris theaters and performance spaces. There are two prints of unidentified theatres, one interior view by J. Beraud and a depiction of an outdoor theatrical performance by T.M. Cleland. There is a single print of the interior of the circus performance of Franconi’s circus. The images of theaters include: the Hippodrome, Hotel de Ville, Odeon Theatre, both the original and 1875 Paris Operas, Porte Sainte-Martin, Salle du Café Spectacle, Theatre de l’Ambigu, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Theatre Francais, Theatre des Italiens, Theatre de l’Opera and Bibliotheque due Roi, Theatre de l’Opera Comique, Theatre de la Republique, Theatre des Varietes, Theatre de Vaudeville, among others. Most of the materials are prints and newsclippings, along with some photographs from approximately 1875 of the Paris Opera and its inauguration. The majority of the prints likely date from the latter half of nineteenth century, but many are undated. Most of the materials are in French, while some are in English.

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. These prints, newsclippings, posters, and photographs have been collected over time.


Oversized materials are arranged in an alphabetical run by theater name. Boxed materials are loosely arranged in alphabetical order.

Physical Location

b, pfd (P1.C3.05.11 [Folders 1-34]), ppf (P1.C3.05.12 [Folders 135-138])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Processing Information

Oversize materials processed by Betts Coup, 2019. Boxed materials have not been processed.

Harvard Theatre Collection. Harvard Theatre Collection on Paris theaters, 1745-1945 (TCS 58): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 January 17
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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