Collection RS001 - Rosalynde Stearn Puppet Collection

Pollock's Characters and Scenes in the Miller and his Men The Miller and his Men, in two acts The Miller and his Men, a drama by Isaac Pocock Webb's Characters and Scenes in the Miller and his Men Characters from the Miller and his Men

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Rosalynde Stearn Puppet Collection

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  • before 1952 (Collection)
    Stearn, Rosalynde
  • between approximately 1700 and 1960 (Creation)

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2714 volumes
171 puppets

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Collection formed by Rosalynde Osborne Stearn prior to 1952 and given to the library in 1953.

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The collection was formed by the Canadian puppeteer Rosalynde Osborne Stearn as a comprehensive library on the puppet theatre with representative examples of puppets characteristic of different periods and countries. It includes some 2714 books and periodicals from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on the puppet theatre in various European languages as well as scripts for puppet plays. The collection contains 171 puppets from Europe, Asia (including shadow puppets), and the Americas, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Also included are toy theatres, theatrical portraits, paintings, prints and posters.

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Images of many of the puppets and other materials can be found in the digital exhibition: Pulling the Strings: Rosalynde Stearn Puppet Collection.

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Finding aid based on 1961 catalogue by Elizabeth Lewis.

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Detroit Institute of Arts' Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection.

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