Kemp album

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Collection 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.

Administrative / Biographical History

From 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.

Reference: Deposit information

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Other Finding Aids

Detailed cataloguing of the contents of this volume is in progress.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

This 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. This 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.

Related Material

The Special Collections Department holds other personal and artificial collections of theatre playbills, programmes, newscuttings and associated materials. The largest collection is the Theatre Collection, MS38. Smaller collections include the Heron-Allen album of playbills, MS107; Colyer-Fergusson albums, MS108; the Williams Theatre collection, MS109; a volume of play bills, MS110; an album of programmes, MS111; the Louis Cohen Collection, MS112; and a volume of Shakespearian souvenirs and programmes, MS114.