Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Friday, May 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in May

Finding aids for eleven newly cataloged collections, three substantially revised finding aids, and a preliminary box list for one collection were added to the OASIS database this month, including substantial work in preparation for an ongoing project to digitize much of Houghton’s holdings of Colonial American history. Processed by Irina Klyagin: George Barbier Costume Designs, […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

David Garrick’s “Inscription for Wolf[e]”

Inscription for Wolf   [first four lines struck out: What Epitaph, or Monumental Pile, Sacred to Gratitude, and Martial Fame, Worthy of Wolf, & worthy of this Isle, Shall tell his Actions, & record his name? ]   The Nation’s Glory is [struck out: the Wolf’s his] My Monument, The Adamantine Pillars, Publick Good, The […]

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Houdini’s bronze of Bernhardt

Newly cataloged from the Harvard Theatre Collection, a bronze statuette linking Harry Houdini to The Divine Sarah The episode began with a fumbled gesture to honor the 72-year-old French actress during her final American tour. The gift, a bronze cast of Bernhardt as the Queen of Spain in Victor Hugo’s Ruy Blas, was presented at […]

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Fashion in Vienna

Want the latest fashions for the 1820s? Just head to Vienna. I’ve seen fashion plates (and in the Ward Collection, costume plates of course) from Paris, but how did Ward manage to find fashion plates for the enlightened Viennese theater-goer?

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Yak Hair, Klingons, and Orson Welles

For over 70 years, Robert Fletcher ‘45 has designed costumes and sets for a remarkably diverse portfolio of stage, film, and television productions. He is probably best known for his work on the first four Star Trek films (covered in a previous entry here), but that is only a small portion of his long, still […]

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Reconstructing Gallenberg

Wonderful news: my predecessor as Ward Music Cataloger here at Houghton, Morris S. Levy, has just published a modern edition of the full score to Furio Camillo, one of the manuscript Wenzel Robert von Gallenberg ballets in the Ward Collection, which Morris researched under the auspices of a Houghton Visiting Fellowship. He has been working […]

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in April

Finding aids for 13 newly cataloged collections, and preliminary box lists for three recent acquisitions, have been added to the OASIS database this month, including toy theaters and set designs, Colonial U.S. manuscripts, and a collection of science fiction fanzines. Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Andrew Eliot Letters, 1767-1776 (MS Am 882.5) Processed by Rebekah […]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The Glass Menagerie at 70

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Broadway debut of The Glass Menagerie, a production which would launch Tennessee Williams’ career and set him onto a trajectory wherein any discussion of the greatest American playwright would include his name. The Harvard Theatre Collection has been acquiring significant holdings related to Williams’ productions since the 1940s, […]

Friday, March 27th, 2015

It’s the drapery, stupid!

It’s been a loooong winter here in Cambridge. I don’t know, perhaps that is why when this particular waltz crossed my desk, the cover leapt out at me. The lithography and chromolithography of the 1840s and 50s sheet music covers can be simply breathtaking: I’m continually astonished by their sophistication and technical complexity. In this […]

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Calling all Reyer scholars

Last night, I pulled a score out of a box to catalog, with the innocuous identification of Reyer. La Statue. I was vaguely familiar with this work, having cataloged several issues of the vocal score some years ago, in the Ward Collection of Opera Scores at our Loeb Music Library. I thought to myself, oh […]