Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Friday, April 4th, 2014

New on Oasis in April

Finding aids for eight newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, including a collection of rebuses created by Dorothea Dix, and a bit of Houghton history which marks our 2500th online finding aid.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Explosive Opera

In September, 1662, the Elector of Bavaria and his wife celebrated the christening of their infant son with eight days of public and private festivity. The squares and streets of Munich were lit up, gold coins and commemorative medals struck and bread and wine freely distributed to the populace. Meanwhile, a trilogy of interwoven operas [...]

Monday, March 17th, 2014

“Who’s Afraid of Recording?”

Theatregoers in Shakespeare’s day would say they went to hear a play; they wouldn’t say they had seen one. Now the release by Masterworks Broadway of the original-cast album of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” gives us good reason to sound like Elizabethans and forego seeing this classic piece of American drama for the pleasure [...]

Friday, March 7th, 2014

New on OASIS in March

Finding aids for eight newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, including ballet ephemera, letters of the German scientist Helmholtz, and a collection of 17th century English poetry.

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Benois’ Russian Alphabet

If you watched the opening ceremony of the Winter Games, then you recall being given a sweeping lesson in Russian culture brought to you by letters from the Cyrillic alphabet. The pageant’s producer, Konstantin Ernst, made no secret of his inspiration: at the start of the program, opened next to a dreaming girl named Lubov, [...]

Friday, February 7th, 2014

New on OASIS in February

Finding aids for nine newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, including a collection of letters by Johann Strauss, scrapbooks from the Theodore Roosevelt collection, and decorative tiles depicting scenes from Shakespeare.

Friday, January 31st, 2014

New Digitization October-December 2013

Here are the complete works and collections we’ve digitized in the last three months. Highlights include Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson manuscripts, photographs of the home of Sarah Orne Jewett, and an illustrated Dutch incunabulum on the destruction of Troy.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Toy Theatre

pfMS Thr 969 (3) Germany, late 19th-century Reassembled briefly prior to permanent storage by Patrick McAndrews, Graduate Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Advanced Studies Program. Music provided by Clip Art audio. Enjoy the show. Submitted by Vicki Denby, Curatorial Assistant.          

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

2013 Year in Review

It’s been a great year for the Houghton Blog, which attracted more than 35,000 unique visitors during 2013. Let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts on the year.   10. Reading Ira Aldridge. On the great 19th century African-American actor and expatriate. 9. What’s New: A Digital Harmony. Announcing the digitization [...]

Friday, December 20th, 2013

What’s New: annotated Lully score

The Harvard Theatre Collection has recently acquired a sensational annotated Jean Baptiste Lully score of Proserpine. Printed in 1680, this score was the second partition générale (full orchestra score) printed by Christophe Ballard (1641-1715), following Bellérophon, which was printed in 1679. These luxurious large folio scores broke out of the previous French printing tradition of [...]