15 linear ft (approximately 12,800 items in 32 boxes).
Theatrical memorabilia such as programs, playbills, photographs, engravings, and prints. Although there are some playbills as early as 1770, most of the material is from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to plays there is some material relating to concerts, operettas, musical comedies, musical revues, and movies. The majority of the collection centers around Shakespeare. Included with an unbound copy of each play (The Edinburgh Shakespeare Folio Edition) there are portraits, engravings, and photographs of actors in their roles; playbills; programs; cast lists; other types of illustrative material; reviews of various productions; and other printed material. Such well known names as George Arliss, Sarah Bernhardt, the Booths, John Drew, the Barrymores, and William Gillette are included in this collection.
Proprietor of Rare Old Programs, Newtonville, Mass.
Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.
Collection is shelved offsite and requires 48 hours for access.
Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.