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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 430

Horace Armistead costume and set designs


Costume and set designs for various plays, ballets, and operas by the American designer Horace Armistead.


  • 1940-1969

Language of Materials


Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


4 linear feet (273 designs, 4 letters, 1 box)
A collection of costume and set designs by Armistead for various plays, ballets, and operas, including the original productions of Menotti's The Consul, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, and Balanchine's 1953 production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Designs for several Loeb Drama Center productions are also included. Related printed material and four letters from Stravinsky supplement the designs.

Biographical / Historical

Armistead (1898-1980) was an American costume and set designer.


Arranged in series by accessions; first series is further arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Location

pf, ppf, Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-128. Gift of Julian Armistead, Apt. 18-H East, 1619 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10028; received: 1982 June.

2016MT-77. Gift of Virgil C. Johnson, Cara Shubin Gans, and Carole Lee Carroll, 2017 April 20.

2020MT-28. Gift of Margarete Noesner, 2019 September 3.

Processing Information

One accession series, 2016MT-77, is minimally processed.
Link to catalog
Armistead, Horace. Horace Armistead costume and set designs, 1940-1969 (MS Thr 430): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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