Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS113
TitleScrapbook relating to London theatre productions
Extent1 volume
Date[c 1770- c 1879]
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DescriptionCollection of engravings and illustrations of actors and actresses and of theatres, newscuttings, theatrical playbills and programmes and other printed material and some manuscript items relating to the theatre. Compiled by Thomas Kemp, with additions made by Harry Tomkins.
ArrangementThis volume contains some playbills and programmes in addition to the engravings and other printed materials. The playbills and programmes were formerly numbered 6608-6627 and incorporated into a collection called the Theatre Collection, MS38. However, this volume has now been identified as an unconnected acquisition and its contents have been catalogued as a discrete collection.
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 of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections Department.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryFrom internal evidence, Thomas Kemp lived at 3 Cartland Terrace, The Mall, Kensington and his date of death is given as 10 May 1860. Harry Tomkins was living at 2 Compton Road, Highbury in 1878.
Custodial HistoryThis volume appears to have been compiled by Thomas Kemp as the first page of this volume bears his signature According to a pencil note, the volume subsequently became the property of Harry Tomkins, the note indicating that he received it as a legacy from his friend, Kemp. The subsequent custodial history of this volume is unknown.
AcquisitionSource and date of acquisiton is unknown
Archival NotePapers arranged and described by Beth Cutts, January 2017, in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; and in-house cataloguing guidelines.
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.