Boston Public Library

Images of the Performing Arts
Collections of the Print Department

3rd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library


Photographs of Actors, Actresses, Boston Theaters, dance, music, etc. Included is a large collection of late 19th century cabinet card photographs of actors and actresses, many of them portraits in costume. As an interesting counterpoint, there is also a large collection of major studio photographs of 20th century movie stars, including film stills.  Also included is a variety of non-photographic material including prints and theatrical broadsides.

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford in "Forsaking All Others." MGM Photograph - 1934

Sarah Bernardt

The Great Sarah Bernhardt. Cabinet Card Photograph by Sarony, Late 19th Century