Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

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 […]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A very Smart copy

Sir George Smart (1776-1867) was an English conductor, organist (quite successful though he declined to use the pedals), pedagogue and composer. He was active on the London music scene for more a half century and calculated towards the end of his life that he had taught precisely 1262 music students and presided over at least […]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

New on OASIS in March

Finding aids for five newly cataloged collections were added to the OASIS database this month, including the letters from a Turkish prison that formed the basis of the film Midnight Express. Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Documents Concerning Citizens and Town of Medway, Massachusetts, 1762-1798 (MS Am 628) Programs and Playbills from Boston-area Theaters and […]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

New on OASIS in February

Finding aids for seven newly cataloged collections were added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by: Nora Garry, Laurel McCaull, Micah Hoggatt, Susan C. Pyzynski, and Bonnie B. Salt Playbills and Programs Concerning Female “Stars”, 1767-1962 (TCS 72) Processed by Irina Klyagin: Nadine Baylis Costume Designs for The Yeomen of the Guard, 1988 (MS […]

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Bright, shiny things

As I was cataloging a box of social dance scores in the Ward Collection last night, I ran across an odd little score which looked to me like some kind of early photocopy from the 1960s, back when some copies had a strange glossy coating which didn’t really look like the emulsion of a true […]