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Papers of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1211  Thursday, 24 May 2001

From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 May 2001 10:30:54 +0100
Subject:        Papers of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry

I am currently carrying out some research into Henry Irving's 1879
production of "The Merchant of Venice".  To my delight I came across a
catalogue to the Harvester Microform microfilm series "The Papers of
Henry Irving and Ellen Terry from the Shakespeare Centre Library".  This
is a microfilmed version of the rather useful Bram Stoker Collection
held by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Library in Stratford and
contains reviews, programmes, printed scripts, photographs, drawings and
just about everything that my heart could desire on this particular
production and on Irving and Terry in general.

Unfortunately the local library that held the catalogue does not hold
the microfilm - and neither does the University of Kent, the University
of London, or - most surprisingly - the British Library.  Obviously I
could travel to Stratford and do my research on the original collection,
but this would be expensive (as I live in Kent) and would mean that I
only had a limited time to stay there and go through the material, which
would hamper my research.

Does any SHAKSPERian happen to know whether there is any institution (or
amenable private collector) in London or the South-East who holds the
"Papers of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry" microfilm and might be willing
to allow an independent researcher to study it?  Failing that, does
anybody know of any British institution that holds the microfilm and
might be willing to send it as an inter-library loan?

The price of the microfilm, currently being sold by Primary Source
Microfilm, is 


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