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Garrick, Eva Maria, 1724-1822
Eva Maria Garrick Estate Papers Concerning David Garrick
Manuscripts Division
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9 boxes
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001187 to B-001189, P-000103 to P-000108


Consists primarily of printed materials, as well as correspondence, documents, objects, and ephemera concerning British actor David Garrick from the estate of his wife, Eva Maria Garrick.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of printed material from the estate of Eva Maria Garrick, as well as correspondence, legal and financial documents, notes, manuscript transcriptions of poems, objects, and ephemera concerning her husband David Garrick. A large portion of the material relates to the Garrick's involvement in theater; Eva Maria Garrick was a popular dancer during the 18th century and David Garrick was an actor, playwright, and theater manager who pioneered a more realistic acting style that deviated from the more ostentatious methods of the time.

Many of the items in the collection specifically concern David Garrick's profession, including documents and accounts from the Royal Theatre, Drury Lane David, which he managed from 1747 to 1776. There are also commemorative materials from the Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769 that Garrick staged at Stratford-upon-Avon, printed copies of poetry and dramatic texts kept by the Garricks, broadside playbills, and other assorted items pertaining to the Garricks' careers in entertainment. The correspondence series mainly features a collection of copies of unpublished love letters sent by David Garrick to Eva Maria Garrick before their marriage, as well as a few letters concerning Thomas Rackett, who was the executor of Mrs. Garrick's estate.


As no original order was discernible, materials were arranged by topic/genre.

Collection Creator Biography:

Garrick, Eva Maria, 1724-1822

Eva Maria Garrick (née Veigel) was a well known 18th century dancer and wife of British actor David Garrick. She was born on February 29, 1724 in Vienna and used both of the stage names Violette and Violetti during her dancing career. Veigel married Garrick on June 22, 1749, and they remained married until his death in 1779. She lived for another nearly 50 years, passing away in 1822 at age 98 in Westminster, London.

Collection History


Purchased at auction (Bonham's, London, Lot 39), 2018 (AM 2018-79).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in April 2018. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in April 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Eva Maria Garrick Estate Papers Concerning David Garrick; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001187 to B-001189, P-000103 to P-000108