Scope and arrangement
Collection is primarily sheets for toy theatres consisting of scenery, characters and wings, both colored and uncolored. Some sheets are still threaded together into booklets showing they were sold as sets. A few characters and wings have already been cut out. The sheets are mainly 1814-1832 or undated, with the exception of Green who published his prints from 1833-1857 and Mathews who published from 1886 to1895. The collection is particularly strong in the work of the publishing firms of Green, Hodgson, Pollock, Redington, Skelt, Webb and West. The collection also includes published booklets of the juvenile drama used with toy theatres.
The Arthur Weyhe toy theatre collection is arranged in three series:
- 1814-18957 boxes
Scenery, characters and wings used in toy theatres.
- 1812-18322 boxes
Scenery, characters and wings used in toy theatres. Box 9 is almost entirely from the publishing house of W. West.
- 2 boxes and 1 portfolio
Plays in published booklets consist of juvenile drama to accompany toy theatre sets. Includes scripts as well as, in some cases, directions on how to cut out and place the scenery and characters. Most booklets are undated; some are illustrated.