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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1646

Harvard Theatre Collection of salted paper prints


Contains portraits of nineteenth century theatrical figures in the format of salted paper prints.


  • circa 1850-1870

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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


1.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Contains photographs of theatrical performers, popular entertainment figures, and celebrities of the mid-nineteenth century in salted paper print format. Some of the portrait sitters include: Edwin Adams, Louis Agassiz, Mrs. J.H. Allen, Julia Bennett Barrow, P.T. Barnum, Edwin Booth, Paulina Colson, Annie Cruise, Julia Daly, E.L. Davenport and Mrs. E.L. Davenport, Julia Dean, Madam Fabbri, William J. Florence, Madame Gazzaniza, Charles Hale, Lotte Hough, Cordelia Howard, Jean M. Davenport Landers, Mrs. W.H. Leighton, Maggie Mitchell, Marie Piccolomini, Adelina Patti, Rachel (Elisabeth Felix), Caroline M. Richings, Agnes Robertson, "The Seven Sisters," Mrs. Vernon, Helen Western, Charles Wheatley, William Wheatley, Matilda Wood, and Ella Wren, 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. The popular entertainment materials have been collected by gift and purchase throughout the history of the Harvard Theatre Collection. Salted paper prints have light-sensitive salts in the fibers of the paper rather than in a binder; the image is positive and is printed out rather than developed out. Salted paper printing was a popular method in the mid-nineteenth century.


Arranged in alphabetical order.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various sources; various dates.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2019.
Link to catalog
Harvard Theatre Collection. Harvard Theatre Collection of salted paper prints, circa 1850-1870 (MS Thr 1646): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 February 26
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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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