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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 59

Harvard Theatre Collection on international theaters


Contains prints (visual works), newsclippings, and posters displaying exterior and interior views and seating charts of international theaters, except those in Great Britain and Paris, France.


  • 1662-1900

Language of Materials

Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

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


6.34 linear feet (5 boxes and 127 folders)

Contains prints, newsclippings, posters, and a single book jacket displaying exterior and interior views and seating charts of international theaters and performance spaces, except those in Great Britain and Paris, France. There are two prints of unidentified theatres, both showing interiors. Some of the countries included are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland. There are more than fifty images of the interior of the Schouwburg Theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with the majority showing the theatre after reconstruction, dating from 1771-1794. The images of theaters include: Her Majesty’s Theatre and Princess’s Theatre in Melbourne, the Neue Hoffsprater, Opera House, and Ring Theatre in Vienna, the Theatre Royal in Brussels, Theatre de N.S. da Paz in Brazil, theaters in Angers, Le Havre, Lyon, Rouen, and Versailles in France, and German theaters in Bayreuth, Berlin, Dormstadt, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Krahwinkel, and Munich. Further theaters include those in Dublin and Limerick, Ireland; Florene, Milan, Modena, Naples, Rome, Taormina, Venice, and Verona, Italy; Kyoto and Osaka, Japan; Mexico City, Mexico; Lisbon, Portugal; Moscow, Sebastapol, and St. Petersburg, Russia; Cape Town, South Africa; Madrid, Spain; and Zurich, Switzerland, among others. Most of the materials are prints and newsclippings, along with a single book jacket of the Bolshoi in Moscow. The materials are in multiple languages, including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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 book jacket 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.C3.05.14 - P1.C305.16 [Folders 1-122]), ppf (P1.C3.05.17 [Folders 123-126])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

For further images of theaters, see: TCS 53-58, Harvard Theatre Collections on London, New York, Boston, United States, provincial Great British, and Paris theaters.

Processing Information

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

Harvard Theatre Collection. Harvard Theatre Collection on international theaters, 1662-1900 (TCS 59): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 January 22
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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.

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