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Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library

The Harvard Theatre Collection specializes in documentary material on the history of the performing arts. Its extravagantly diverse holdings encompass all manner of dramatic performance with special emphasis on the stage, music and dance, and popular entertainment. The collection also comprises a significant number of organizational and personal papers as well as photographic archives which preserve the legacies of institutions, playwrights, actors, designers, and choreographers.

The Harvard Theatre Collection is a department of Houghton Library, the primary repository for rare books and manuscripts at Harvard.

Added Names/Aliases: Theatre Collection
 
 
 
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

 
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General Hours
 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Contact by Phone
Main:
(617) 495-2445
Reference:
(617) 495-2440
Fax:
(617) 496-5786
Contact by Email / Web
Main:
htc@harvard.edu
Reference:
houghton_library@harvard.edu
Website
 
Official Website
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Harvard Yard Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138
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ABOUT

 

The Harvard Theatre Collection, which was founded in 1901 through the efforts of Prof. George Pierce Baker, was the first collection of its kind to be established in this country, and it stands as one of the largest performing arts collections in the world, the oldest theatre collection in the world of international significance.

 

Collections

 

Overview

The Collection holds documents on the history of the performing arts, especially theatre, dance, opera, musical theatre, and popular entertainments such as circuses, pantomime, puppetry, American minstrelsy, music, and fairs and pleasure gardens. See the Harvard Theatre Collections Overview. (Photo: Souvenir program of a season at Theatre de L'Opera, 1914. HOLLIS record. )

 
 

LIBRARY SERVICES

 
  • Research Appointments
  • Houghton_Libraryatharvard [dot] edu

 
 

LIBRARY STAFF

 
Capobianco, James Reference Librarian jcapob@fas.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Cawelti, Andrea Ward Music Cataloger cawelti@fas.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Hoggatt, Micah Reference Librarian mhoggatt@fas.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Linklater, Christina Project Music Cataloger linklat@fas.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Stinchcomb, Dale Curatorial Assistant dstinchcomb@fas.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Visitor
  • The Harvard Theatre Collection materials are accessible through the Houghton Library Reading Room. Researchers coming from outside Harvard are strongly urged to contact the Reading Room in advance by e-mail. (Houghton_Libraryatharvard [dot] edu). See the Houghton Library Admittance page.

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • Houghton's front door is accessible via a flight of steps up from the level of Quincy Street. Alternative access without stairways may be arranged by phoning the Librarian's Office at 617-495-2441. See Houghton Library Disability Services.