Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Quite a card: Raymond S. Wilkins’ sheet music artist card files

Isn’t it always the way, that once one begins opening boxes, all kinds of surprising things appear. This was certainly the case with our recent Hidden Collections grant, to survey all of our historical sheet music collections. Our sheet music had for years been shelved in an end-of-Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark-warehouse-y kind of situation, awaiting the time and […]

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Nineteenth-Century Bound Sheet Music Volumes Part III: Thomas J. Kiernan volume of American vocal music, circa 1843-1871

Of the nearly four hundred bound sheet music volumes held in Houghton, many were owned by the same person – there are at least seven owned by Edith Forbes Perkins, for example, and over a dozen by Catharine Dean Flint. Just as interesting, however, are single volumes, one of which is highlighted below.

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Nineteenth-Century Bound Sheet Music Volumes Part II: Souvenir of the Confederacy

Most bound volumes in our collection that are about one inch thick contain between thirty and forty individual pieces. This volume, unassuming as it is, contains ninety three.

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Nineteenth-Century Bound Sheet Music Volumes Part I: Edith Forbes Perkins volumes

With one of this summer’s Pforzheimer fellowships came the opportunity for frequent trips to a remote corner of Houghton Library’s sub-basement level, where several hundred bound sheet music volumes lay waiting to be catalogued. Thanks to Dana Gee’s extraordinary work with the Hidden Collections Sheet Music project, tens of thousands of loose sheet music scores […]

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Shining a spotlight on Hidden Collections

At “hands in the air” in the style of MasterChef at the end of her own arduous MasterSurvey, Dana Gee marks the finish of our own six-month endurance test. Our Hidden Collections Grant to explore strange new worlds of backlog, to seek out new sheet music, to boldly go where no one has gone before, […]

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Son of The heroism of King George

It has already been a busy summer. I had the great good fortune last week to take another Rare Book School course, The Stationers’ Company to 1775, taught by the extraordinary Ian Gadd. Now, you may ask, what the heck is The Stationers’ Company? Basically, it is what today we would call a guild, which […]

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

School-to-Work program helps with Charles S. Peirce project at Houghton.

A Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School student helped re-house the Peirce papers. For the fourth consecutive year, we have had the opportunity to hire a paid intern from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (CRLS) to learn about our work by helping end-process our collections. Through the School-to-Work program, (STW), the Harvard Union […]

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Advertising just ain’t what it used to be

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I yearn for The Good Old Days. Consider this advertising flier, which our intrepid sheet music surveyor Dana Gee discovered during her inventory of the Historical Sheet Music Collections of Houghton Library and the Harvard Theatre Collection.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

New on OASIS in May

Finding aids for four newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month:   Processed by: Michael Austin Progressive Party records, 1908-1920 (MS Am 3078)   Minimally Processed by: Adrien Hilton Christopher Durang papers, 1957-2013 (MS Thr 1379)   Processed by: Erin Mernoff with assistance from Andrea Cawelti Sheet music by performer, circa 1800-2000 […]

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Prompt Service: Cataloging the HTC Promptbooks

For much of the past year, I have had the pleasure of cataloging promptbooks from the Harvard Theatre Collection. Promptbooks are texts of plays which have been annotated with stage directions, alterations, descriptions of scenery or sound effects, and other details from actual use in the theatre. They function almost like a blueprint to a […]