Gerard A. and Georgia B. Larson Theatre Collection


Artistic representation of a scene from Macbeth by Charles Cattermole, 1888.

California State University, Sacramento
University Library
Adelphi Theatre (London, England) ; Arliss, George, 1868-1946 ; Cattermole, Charles, fl. 1859 ; Downey, Thomas ; Hanks, Tom ; Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905 ; Larson, Georgia Larson, Gerard A., 1923-1999 ; Lyceum Theatre (London, England) ; Manby, Charles, 1804-1884 ; Martin-Harvey, John, Sir, 1863-1944 ; Partridge, Bernard, b. 1861 ; Towers, James ; Willett, Ernest Noddall ; Actors--England--London--Autographs ; Actors--England--Portraits ; Autographs ; Playbills--England--London--Collections ; Theater--England--London--History--18th century--Sources ; Theater--England--London--History--19th century--Sources ; Theater--England--London--History--20th century--Sources ; Theater--United States--History--20th century--Sources
The collection consists of over 200 years of theater memorabilia, primarily from the Haymarket district in London, the bulk of which dates between 1830 and 1930. Gerard and Georgia Larson assembled this collection over their lifetimes, focusing heavily on collecting items related to famous nineteenth century actors such as Sir Henry Irving. This collection includes their extensive autograph collection as well as a substantial collection of early playbills dating back ot the mid-eighteenth century, a promptbook for a mid-nineteenth century play, and original artwork created for Lyceum souvenir booklets. The collection also contains literature on nineteenth and twentieth century plays and staging, in particular a four year run of Craig Gordon's publication The Mask, and a small number of letters and play booklets related to Gerard Larson's teaching career.
Dates covered:
1678-1999 (Bulk: 1830-1930)
Collection Size:
4.0 Linear feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box & 14 oversize folders)
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Citation Sample:
[Identification of item], MSS 2010/34, Gerard A. and Georgia B. Larson Theatre Collection, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento.
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