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An Inventory of the Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Title: Pantomime Collection
Dates: 1793-1977 (bulk 1860-1910)
Extent: 20 document boxes, 1 oversize box (osb), 1 oversize folder (osf) (8.40 linear feet)
Abstract: The Pantomime Collection consists of around 400 items, predominantly printed scripts, programs, and souvenir programs, relating to pantomime on the English stage, with a strong concentration on nineteenth century production.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00068
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
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Preferred Citation Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin. Pantomime Collection (Performing Arts Collection PA-00068).
Acquisition: Purchase, 1988
Processed by: Jennifer Hecker, 2001; Helen Adair and Katie Causier, 2006; Daniela Lozano, 2017

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin,

The Pantomime Collection consists of around 400 items, 1793-1977 (bulk 1860-1910) relating to pantomime on the English stage, with a strong concentration on nineteenth century production. The collection is arranged in seven series: I. Printed Scripts, Programs, and Souvenir Programs, 1793-1960, undated; II. Pantomime Annuals, 1886-1948; III. Published Works, 1863-1977; IV. Published Music, 1834-1958; V. Manuscripts and Typescripts, 1811-circa 1910, undated; VI. Supplement, 1864-1977, undated; and VII. Manuscript Scores, 1906-1931.
Printed scripts, programs, souvenir programs, and a poster for numerous pantomimes, 1793-1952, make up the bulk of the collection. There are also eight handwritten manuscript pantomime scenes and play scripts (1811-1881), three typescripts (1910-1946), and one prompt book with handwritten notes (1874). The remaining items in the collection include seven pantomime annuals (1886-1949), seven books on the history of pantomime (1863-1977), three original water colors of characters in Little Red Riding Hood (1882), as well as four sheet music covers (circa 1890), one book of music, and one book of songs (1890s). The material is arranged by catalog numbers as assigned by the dealer, Motley Books Limited.
Note to Researchers
The finding aid for the Pantomime Collection is a conflation of the original inventory created in 2001, and of a small addition that was catalogued in 2006. Currently the addition is described only by a Container List which has been appended to the original inventory, continuing the numbering sequence. The Scope and Contents note does not make reference to the addition.
Note about the Container List
The numbers listed in the following container list are the catalog numbers of the items as given in the dealer’s catalog. This preliminary inventory should be used in conjunction with the dealer’s catalog which gives more detailed descriptions of the individual items. The dealer’s catalog can be found at: