Contents and Arrangement

Poetry and Drama, circa 1638-1821

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 The correspondence series mainly features a collection of copies of unpublished love letters sent by David Garrick to Eva Maria Garrick before their marriage, as well as a few letters concerning Thomas Rackett, who was the executor of Mrs.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.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

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

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Credit this material:

Poetry and Drama; Eva Maria Garrick Estate Papers Concerning David Garrick, C1590, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001188