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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 57

Harvard Theatre Collection on British theaters


Contains visual depictions of theaters in provincial Great Britain, beyond London.


  • circa 1600-1900
  • Majority of material found within ( 1820-1890)

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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


1.17 linear feet (3 boxes and 11 oversize folders)

Contains images of theaters in Great Britain, except those in London. Includes Ipswich Theatre, Theatre Royal and St. George's Hall in Liverpool, the New Theatre in Norwich, Theatre of the Palace of St. Cloud, Crystal Palace in Sydenham, Royal Dramatic Club in Woking, Royal Queens Theatre in Hull, Sheldonian Theatre in Oxfod, and Richmond Theatre in Surrey, among others.

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 materials relating to provincial British theaters have been collected over time.


Loosely arranged in alphabetical order by theater name.

Physical Location

b, pfd (P1.C3.05.13 [Folders 1-6, 10-11]), ppf (P1.C3.05.13 [Folders 7-9])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various sources at various dates.

Related Materials

For images of theaters in London, please see Harvard Theatre Collection On London Theaters, 1616-1967 (bulk 1751-1875) (TCS 53). Houghton Library, Harvard University. Further materials include TCS 54-59, Harvard Theatre Collections on New York, Boston, United States, Paris, and international theaters.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2019.

Harvard Theatre Collection. Harvard Theatre Collection on British theaters, circa 1600-1900 (bulk 1820-1890) (TCS 57): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 January 17
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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