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About The Harvard Theatre Collection

Formed in 1901, the Harvard Theatre Collection is the oldest collection of its kind in America and one of the largest in the world. A department of Houghton Library, It specializes in documentary material on the history of the performing arts. Its diverse holdings encompass all manner of 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. Formats of material include books, manuscripts, ephemera, realia, and audiovisual material. For a more detailed description, see the Theatre Collection website.

Because items in the Theatre Collection are rare or unique, additional rules are in place to ensure the security and preservation of the collection. Most notably, the collection is non-circulating and the stacks are closed to users. Instead, library staff retrieve material for use in the Houghton Library Reading Room.


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Contact reference staff with questions or concerns by email or phone: 617-495-2440.

Instructors wishing to schedule a class session should consult Houghton Library's website.


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Houghton Library Reading Room hours and location.

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Steve Kuehler
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Micah Hoggatt
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