The Jay T. Last Collection of American Entertainment: Performing Arts Prints and Ephemera contains more than 1,800 printed
items primarily advertising theatrical and musical entertainment and related
performers in the United States from 1839 to the 1940s, with the majority of items dating from the 1870s to the 1890s. The
collection consists of advertising and promotional materials, business records, and illustrations pertaining to a wide variety
performance genres that have been grouped broadly as music and theater (including theater, music, dance, burlesque, comedy,
pantomime, and variety); minstrel (including minstrel shows, blackface
entertainers, and female minstrels); and magic and miscellaneous (including magicians, motion pictures, and Wild West shows).
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.