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Jay T. Last Collection of American Entertainment: Theatrical Broadsides and Playbills: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains approximately 1,000 printed 19th and early 20th century entertainment broadsides, playbills, and related advertisements, and forms a subset within the Jay T. Last American Entertainment Collection. These items date from 1809 to 1923, with the bulk spanning between 1840 and 1890, and publicize theatrical performances including plays, variety entertainment such as minstrel, burlesque, and vaudeville shows, and optical displays such as dioramas, living statues, and tableaus. Over 250 theaters primarily from the Northeastern United States are represented in the collection, though there are also materials from theaters in the Midwestern, Southern, and Western United States, and 26 items from Canada, Ireland, England, and Scotland.
Extent
approximately 1,000 items in 39 oversized folders
Restrictions
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.