Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS108
TitleColyer-Fergusson Albums
Extent4 volumes
DescriptionAlbums of theatrical and other programmes and associated printed materials collected and compiled by Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson. The programmes have often been annotated with the date on which he attended a performance, together with the initials of the person or persons attending or accompanying him
ArrangementThe contents of each album is arranged chronologically: 1870-1888, 1889-1898, 1898-1908, 1909-1915. Each album is catalogued at file level and the individual programmes and other items contained have been catalogued at item level
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue, or view the catalogue as a PDF file by clicking in the document field below. A paper copy is also available in the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections Department.

Detailed cataloguing at item level has been made possible by the Backstage project, a performing arts gateway funded as part of the Research Support Libraries Programme. Each item level record includes the title of play or other performance together with the name of author or adaptor in the title field; and, in the description field, performance and production details such as venues, dates and names of production teams and casts where given
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistorySir Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson (1865-1951) 3rd Bt, was the eldest son of Sir J. R. Fergusson, 2nd Bt, and Mary Ann Somes (died 1868), daughter of late Thomas Colyer, Wombwell Hall, Northfleet. He succeeded his father in 1924. He married Beatrice Stanley Muller in 1890 (died 1902), daughter of late Rt Hon. Prof. Max Muller and had one son, Max and three daughters. (He assumed the additional name of Colyer on his marriage.) He subsequently married Mary Freda Cohen, daughter of late Rt Hon. Arthur Cohen in 1914. He was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford (MA) and served as High Sheriff of Kent in 1906.
Source: 'Who was who'
Custodial HistoryMost of the contents of these four volumes were formerly numbered 5429-6021and incorporated into a collection called the Theatre Collection. They have now been identified as an unconnected acquisition and have been catalogued as a discrete collection.

The inside cover of the first three volumes bear the bookplate of Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson of Ightham Mote and Wombwell Hall, Kent. The first volume is also inscribed by Thomas Colyer- Fergusson: 'Thomas Colyer-Fergusson of Hever Court. Programmes from 1870-1888'.
AcquisitionSource and date of acquisition is unknown
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department holds other personal and artificial collections of theatre playbills, programmes, newscuttings and associated materials. These smaller collections, which were formerly incorporated into the Theatre Collection, include the following:

Theatre Collection, MS38;
Heron-Allen album of playbills, MS107;
Colyer-Fergusson albums, MS108;
The Williams Theatre collection, MS109;
Volume of playbills, MS110;
Album of programmes, MS111;
Louis Cohen Collection, MS112;
The Kemp album, MS113;
Volume of Shakespearian souvenirs and programmes, MS114;
Album of presscuttings, photographs and theatre programmes, MS808;
Theatre programmes, MS897;
Birmingham Repertory Theatre programmes, MS934,
Theatre programmes collected by Andrew Leigh, MS937;
Collection of miscellaneous theatre programmes, playbills, and related items, MS939;
Regional theatre programmes: artificial collection, MS991;
Theatre programmes and ephemera, MS1016;
Theatre programmes, MS1035;
Scrapbook for the 1912 production of 'Twelfth Night', MS1058;
Ephemera relating to Victoria Wood, MS1061;
Theatre programme of 1912 production of 'Twelfth Night', MS1062.


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