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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series.
The bulk of the collection is composed of theatrical admission tokens and medalets for London theaters, 1671-1888. There is one token for the Theatre Royal in Cork, Ireland, circa 1820. The collection also contains a medal, circa 1871, commemorating the American actor Edwin Forrest. These items seem to have been one small component of the New York City real estate developer Peter Gilsey's extensive collection of theatrical memorabilia.
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Peter Gilsey Collection of Theatrical Admission Tokens & Medalets; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Peter Gilsey, 1939; transferred from Dramatic Museum, 1974.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Gilsey, Peter. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1939. Accession number--M-1939.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed BRC 03/15/74.
A biographical note and related materials notes were added at the same time the finding aid was converted to EAD. Nothing in the collection was physically rearranged.
Items 11-37 and 58-77 are missing from the collection.
2020-05-22 PDF finding aid converted to EAD by CLB.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Peter Gilsey (1848-1901) was a New York City real estate developer and collector of cultural heritage materials in a wide variety of forms, including theatrical ephemera. He died on November 10, 1901, and a large portion of his collection was sold at auction in 1903.