Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in August

Finding aids for five newly cataloged collections, as well as a preliminary box list for one new acquisition, were added to the OASIS database this month, including a collection of watercolors by Edward Lear (an example at left). Processed by Caroline Duroselle-Melish (with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt): Edward Lear Studio Watercolors, 1848-1884 (MS […]

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Early Eighteenth-Century French Music Miscellanies

Early eighteenth-century manuscript miscellanies of French music offer a wealth of insight into contemporary public and private musical tastes and activities.  Two such miscellanies in the John Milton and Ruth Neils Ward Collection reveal especially fascinating histories of compilation practices and use.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in July

Finding aids for 11 newly cataloged collections, as well as a preliminary box list for one new acquisition, were added to the OASIS database this month. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Costume Designs for French Opera, Theater and Music-Halls, circa 1890-1940 (MS Thr 1137) Theodore Komisarjevsky Costume and Set Designs, 1918-1936 (MS Thr 1143) Costume Designs […]

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Illustrated news from the Crimean War

One of the greatest pleasures in a cataloger’s life is to see their work being used out in the world, particularly when said work transforms one’s original concept of any given cataloged item. I had just such a pleasure this week, when Isabella Bradford, one of the Two Nerdy History Girls, wrote a blog on […]

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Hidden Collections: sheet music

I’m delighted to report that Houghton has just received a grant to survey sheet music collections across the Harvard Library system. This welcome support comes to us through Harvard’s “Open Your Hidden Collections” program, funded by the Arcadia Foundation. Regular readers of our blog will sense the glee behind this announcement: as I’ve written here […]

Monday, June 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in June

Fourteen new finding aids have been added to the OASIS database this month, including Gilbert & Sullivan libretti, programs from Harvard theatrical productions, and documents from U.S. colonial history. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Claud Lovat Fraser Designs, 1919-1921 (MS Thr 1131) Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Plays and Librettos by W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert, […]

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?