Series 04 - Photographs

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US MBE MSS 001-04

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  • 1889 - 1988 (Creation)


0.5 linear feet; 2 boxes

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This series is comprised of photographs from Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Most of the photographs are of the principal actors in D’Oyly Carte or R.H. Burnside productions, and many are reprints issued as a part of D’Oyly Carte’s 75th anniversary tour in 1955. The series also contains photographs of the principal actors from the first productions of the Gondoliers and Iolanthe. Actors featured in these photographs include Dorothy Gill, Catherine Judah, Kathleen Roche, Bob Pitkin, Flo Ames, Peter Pratt, Sydney Granville, Marjorie Eyre, George Grossmith, Courtice Pounds, DeWolf Hopper, Henry Lytton, Isidore Godfrey, Fisher Morgan, Ann Drummond-Grant, Bertha Lewis, Darrell Fancourt, and many others. The subseries “theatre personalities” contains mostly headshots of actors, directors, and conductors associated with companies performing Gilbert and Sullivan operas, along with a few unidentified portraits. Most photographs have numbers written on the back of them which correspond to the original photograph box list, along with any available information about the subject of the photograph. Most photographs are undated. Duplicates of some photographs may be found in a folder in the oversize photograph box.

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This series is arranged alphabetically by opera or subject.

Box 6: Photographs
Folder Title
Gilbert and Sullivan
The Girl Said No
The Gondoliers
H.M.S. Pinafore
The Mikado
Multiple productions
The Pirates of Penzance
Princess Ida
Pygmalion & Galatea
The Sorcerer
Theatre Personalities
Trial by Jury
Utopia, Limited
The Yeomen of the Guard

Box 7: Oversize photographs
Folder Title
Oversize photographs
Duplicate photographs

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Some materials may be subject to copyright. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials under copyright.

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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [Container number], Sigmund A. Lavine Gilbert and Sullivan Collection, Emerson College Archives, Emerson College, Boston, MA.

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