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Peter Gilsey Collection of Theatrical Admission Tokens & Medalets, 1671-1888

Summary Information

Abstract

A collection of theatrical admission tokens and medalets for London theaters, 1671-1888, plus one from Ireland and one from the United States.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0485
Bib ID 4079720 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Gilsey, Peter
Title Peter Gilsey Collection of Theatrical Admission Tokens & Medalets, 1671-1888
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 case)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection may be used by appointment only. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on site.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series.

Description

Summary

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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection may be used by appointment only. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on site.

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.

Preferred Citation

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.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Peter Gilsey, 1939; transferred from Dramatic Museum, 1974.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

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.

Separated Materials

Items 11-37 and 58-77 are missing from the collection.

Revision Description

2020-05-22 PDF finding aid converted to EAD by CLB.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Medals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memorabilia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tickets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Drama Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theaters -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theaters -- England -- London Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theaters -- Great Britain Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theaters -- Ireland Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theaters -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theatrical paraphernalia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tokens Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.