Arranged Series of Ephemera

While some ephemera can be found by searching HOLLIS or HOLLIS for Archival Discovery, a great deal more is arranged but not described at the item level. Library staff must physically consult these "arranged series" to determine if the item you are searching for is included in a particular series. Because they are organized in very specific ways (some by production title, others by personal or organizational names, others by venue and date) you will need to provide staff with the information specific to the arrangement of any given series.

In addition to instructions and tips for placing requests, this page provides lists of the series in two formats:

  • Lists of series that tend to yield results for the majority of projects. These are broken out into how the series are arranged (production title, personal name, organization name, and venue).
  • A complete list of the series.

Placing Requests

In order to request that staff search a series:

  • Consult the lists below. If you want to know more information about a series, clicking on the series name will direct you to its HOLLIS catalog record.
  • To request that staff search a series, open the HOLLIS record, click on Get It, and then "Request to Scan or Visit." Log in to your HOLLIS Special Request account. If you don't already have an account, register before placing your requests.
  • After logging into your account, enter the required information in the Volume/Box/Folder/Item field.
    • If a series is listed under production title, personal name, organization name, or venue, enter that information.
    • For series from the complete list of arranged series, enter the information asked as indicated.
    • Some series have been more fully cataloged, or even digitized. If this is the case, links can be found in the lists. Use these tools to formulate your requests.
  • Once you have entered the search term, click the Submit Request button.

Please note that staff will not search for material in an arranged series until you are physically present in the Houghton Library Reading Room.

Tips for Searching the Arranged Series

The arranged series of ephemera hold a wealth of information, but because they aren't fully cataloged it can be difficult to fully exploit them. Here are a few tips:

  • Information on productions can also be found by searching for associated people, organizations and venues - and vice versa.
Example: Portrait prints of David Garrick as Hamlet may be in an arranged series of portraits filed under Garrick, or in scene prints filed under Hamlet. Playbills may be filed in the series of London playbills, or in playbills under Garrick's name.
  • Subjects covered in specialized arranged series (e.g. photographs of dance or Shakespeare productions) can often be found in more general series (e.g. Theatrical scene photographs, ca. 1860-2010).
Example: Photographs of Shakespeare productions might be found in the series specific to Shakespeare productions, or in the more general scene photograph series.
  • It may be necessary to use secondary sources to discover the connections between productions, people, organizations, and venues.
  • Need additional help? Contact a librarian to ask a question or make an appointment.

Frequently Consulted Series Arranged by Personal Name

Newspaper Clippings
Series Name
Clippings on persons in the theater, ca. 1800-2010
Clippings on dance, ca. 1800-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Photographs
Series Name
Theatrical portrait photographs, ca. 1860-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Cabinet photographs of men, ca. 1866-1929 (Partially digitized - for digitized portion search HOLLIS Images for names.)
Cabinet photographs of women, ca. 1866-1929
Cartes-de-visite photographs of men, ca. 1854-1879 (see finding aid for contents)
Cartes-de-visite photographs of women, ca. 1854-1879 (see finding aid for contents)
Dance portraits, ca. 1860-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Prints (Visual Works)
Series Name
Theatrical portrait prints (visual works), ca. 1700-1900 (see finding aid for contents)
Theatrical portrait prints (visual works) of men, ca. 1700-1900
Theatrical portrait prints (visual works) of women, ca. 1700-1900
Dance portrait prints (visual works), ca. 1700-1900
Playbills and Programs
Series Name
Playbills and programs concerning male "stars", ca. 1700-1930 (see finding aid for contents)
Playbills and programs concerning female "stars", ca. 1767-1962 (see finding aid for contents)
Programs by name, ca. 1930-2011
Souvenir programs by name, ca. 1800-2011
Sheet Music
Series Name
Sheet music about personalities: men, ca. 1800-2000
Sheet music about personalities: women, ca. 1800-2000
Sheet music by performer, ca. 1800-2000 (see finding aid for contents)
Sheet music about personalities: dance portraits, ca. 1800-2000
Sheet music about personalities: authors, ca. 1800-2000
Sheet music by composer, ca. 1800-2000
Sheet music by author, ca. 1800-2000 (see HOLLIS record for contents)

Frequently Consulted Series Arranged by Venue

Newspaper Clippings
Series Name
Clippings on London theaters, ca. 1800-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Clippings on Boston theaters, ca. 1800-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Clippings on New York theaters, ca. 1800-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Clippings on theaters in the United States, ca. 1800-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Clippings on "foreign" theaters, ca. 1800-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Clippings on opera, ca. 1800-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Photographs
Series Name
Photographic postcards of theaters in the United States, ca. 1870-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Photographic postcards of foreign theaters, ca. 1870-2010 (see finding aid for contents)
Prints (Visual Works)
Series Name
Prints (visual works) of London theaters, ca. 1700-1900 (see finding aid for contents)
Prints (visual works) of New York City theaters, ca. 1700-1900 (see finding aid for contents)
Prints (visual works) of Boston theaters, ca. 1790-1900 (see finding aid for contents)
Prints (visual works) of theaters in the United States, ca. 1750-1900 (see finding aid for contents)
Prints (visual works) of provincial theaters in Great Britain, ca. 1600-1900 (see finding aid for contents)
Prints (visual works) of theaters in Paris, ca. 1600-1900 (see finding aid for contents)
Prints (visual works) of "international" theaters, ca. 1600-1900 (see finding aid for contents)
Miscellaneous prints (visual works) of theaters, ca. 1600-1900
Playbills and Programs
Series Name
Playbills and programs from London theaters, ca. 1777-1978 (see finding aid for contents)
Playbills and programs from New York City theaters, ca. 1800-1930 (see finding aid for contents)
Playbills and programs from Boston theaters, 1775-1988 (see finding aid for contents)
Playbills and programs from theaters in the United States, ca. 1800-1930 (see finding aid for partial list of contents)
Playbills and programs from theaters in Great Britain, ca. 1700-1930 (see finding aid for contents)
Playbills and programs from "international" theaters, ca. 1700-1930 (see finding aid for contents)
Souvenir programs by name, ca. 1800-2011

 

Complete List of Arranged Series

Newspaper Clippings
Series Information to Enter in Volume/Box/Folder/Item
Clippings on dance, ca. 1800-2010
See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on film, ca. 1900-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on Shakespeare productions, ca. 1800-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on Shakespeare subjects, ca. 1800-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on theatrical organizations, ca. 1800-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on theater-related subjects, ca. 1800s-2000s See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on opera, ca. 1800-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on London theaters, ca. 1800-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on Boston theaters, ca. 1800-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on New York theaters, ca. 1800-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on theaters in the United States, ca. 1800-2010
See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on "foreign" theaters, ca. 1800-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Clippings on theatrical productions, ca. 1800-2010 Production title
Clippings on persons in the theater, ca. 1800-2010 Personal name
Photographs
Series Information to Enter in Volume/Box/Folder/Item
Theatrical cabinet photographs of men, ca. 1866-1929 Personal name. Partially digitized - for digitized portion search HOLLIS Images for name of person.
Theatrical cabinet photographs of women, ca. 1866-1929 Personal name
Theatrical cabinet photographs of groups of performers, ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Cabinet photographs of European operetta performers, ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical cabinet photographs of dwarf men, ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical cabinet photographs of dwarf women, ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical cabinet photographs of men in "freak shows", ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical cabinet photographs of women in "freak shows", ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Unidentified theatrical cabinet photographs, ca. 1866-1929 No information needed
Cabinet photographs of popular entertainment, ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Cabinet photographs of theatrical scenes, ca. 1866-1929. See finding aid for contents
Cabinet photographs of Gilbert and Sullivan productions, ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Cabinet photographs of Shakespeare productions, ca. 1866-1929 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical photographic portrait postcards, ca. 1870-2010 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical photographic postcards of groups and scenes, ca. 1870-2010 See finding aid for contents
Photographic postcards of theaters in the United States, ca. 1870-2010 See finding aid for contents
Photographic postcards of foreign theaters, ca. 1870-2010 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical cartes-de-visite photographs of men, ca. 1854-1879 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical cartes-de-visite photographs of women, ca. 1854-1879 See finding aid for contents
Cartes-de-visite photographs of men in popular entertainment, ca. 1854-1879 See finding aid for contents
Cartes-de-visite photographs of women in popular entertainment, ca. 1854-1879 See finding aid for contents
French and Italian cartes-de-visite theatrical portrait photographs, ca. 1854-1879 See finding aid for contents
German cartes-de-visite theatrical portrait photographs, ca. 1854-1879 Personal name
Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of female dancers, circa 1854-1879 See finding aid for contents
Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of female opera musicians, ca. 1854-1879 Personal name
Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of male opera musicians, ca. 1854-1879 Personal name
Unidentified theatrical cartes-de-visite portrait photographs, ca. 1854-1879 No information needed
Theatrical portrait photographs, ca. 1860-2010 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical scene photographs, ca. 1860-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Theatrical scene photographs of Shakespeare productions, ca. 1860-2010 Production title
Theatrical scene photographs of Shaw productions, ca. 1860-2010 Production title
Theatrical scene photographs of O'Neill productions, ca. 1860-2010 Production title
Theatrical scene photographs of Yiddish productions, ca. 1860-2010 No information needed
Dance portrait photographs, ca. 1860-2010 See finding aid for contents.
Dance organization photographs, ca. 1860-2010 Organization name
Dance scene photographs, ca. 1860-2010 See finding aid for contents
Film still scene photographs, ca. 1900-2010 Production title
Theatrical daguerreotypes, ca. 1830-1860 Digitized. Originals are restricted. Consult staff if needed
Theatrical ambrotypes, ca. 1850-1870 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical organization photographs, ca. 1860-2010 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical photographs by photographer, ca. 1860-2010 See finding aid for contents
Prints (Visual Works)
Series Information to Enter in Volume/Box/Folder/Item
Theatrical portrait prints (visual works), ca. 1700-1900 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical portrait prints (visual works) of men, ca. 1700-1900 Personal name
Theatrical portrait prints (visual works) of women, ca. 1700-1900 Personal name
Theatrical scene prints (visual works), ca. 1700-1900 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical scene photomechanical prints, ca. 1850-1930 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical portrait photomechanical prints, ca. 1850-1930 Personal name
Dance portrait prints (visual works), ca. 1700-1900 Personal name
Dance scene prints (visual works), ca. 1700-1900 Production title
Dance caricature prints (visual works), ca. 1700-1900 Consult library staff
Prints (visual works) of London theaters, ca. 1700-1900 See finding aid for contents
Prints (visual works) of New York City theaters, ca. 1700-1900 See finding aid for contents
Prints (visual works) of Boston theaters, ca. 1790-1900 See finding aid for contents
Prints (visual works) of theaters in the United States, ca. 1750-1900 See finding aid for contents
Prints (visual works) of provincial theaters in Great Britain, ca. 1600-1900 See finding aid for contents
Prints (visual works) of theaters in Paris, ca. 1600-1900 See finding aid for contents
Prints (visual works) of "international" theaters, ca. 1600-1900 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical caricature prints (visual works), ca. 1600-1900 See finding aid for contents
Theatrical organization prints (visual works), ca. 1600-1900 Organization name
Playbills and Programs
Series Information to Enter in Volume/Box/Folder/Item
Playbills and programs from London theaters, ca. 1777-1978, and undated See finding aid for contents
Playbills and programs from London organizations, ca. 1700-1930 Organization name
Playbills and programs from New York City theaters, ca. 1800-1930 See finding aid contents
Playbills and programs from Boston theaters, 1775-1988 See finding aid contents
Playbills and programs from Boston organizations, ca. 1800-1930 Organization name
Playbills and programs from theaters in the United States, ca. 1800-1930 See finding aid for partial list of contents
Playbills and programs from theaters in Great Britain, ca. 1700-1930 See finding aid for contents
Playbills and programs from "international" theaters, ca. 1700-1930 See finding aid for contents
Playbills and programs concerning male "stars", ca. 1700-1930 See finding aid for contents
Playbills and programs concerning female "stars", ca. 1700-1930 See finding aid for contents.
Programs by title, ca. 1930-2011 Production title
Programs by name, ca. 1930-2011 Personal or organization name
Souvenir programs by title, ca. 1800-2011 Production title
Souvenir programs by name, ca. 1800-2011 Personal or organization name
Programs for "modern" productions of Shakespeare, ca. 1930-2011 See finding aid for contents.
Sheet Music
Series Information to Enter in Volume/Box/Folder/Item
Sheet music about personalities: men, ca. 1800-2000 Personal name
Sheet music about personalities: women, ca. 1800-2000 Personal name
Sheet music about personalities: authors, ca. 1800-2000 Personal name
Sheet music about personalities: dance portraits, ca. 1800-2000 Personal name
Sheet music about personalities: troupes, ca. 1800-2000 Troupe name
Sheet music concerning baseball, ca. 1840-2000 No information needed
Sheet music for the circus, ca. 1800-2000 No information needed
Sheet music for dance, ca. 1800-2000 Dance name (e.g. Tarantella)
Sheet music for ragtime, ca. 1896-2000 Song title
Songster collection, ca. 1780-1910 See finding aid for contents
Sheet music by topic, ca. 1800-2000 See finding aid for contents
Sheet music by composer, ca. 1800-2000 Personal name
Sheet music by title, ca. 1800-2000 Production title
Sheet music by performer, ca. 1800-2000 See finding aid for contents
Sheet music by author, ca. 1800-2000 See HOLLIS record for contents