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Dion Boucicault Theatre Collection at the University of South Florida

A guide to the USF Tampa Library's physical and digital collections of materials related to the theatrical career of Dion Boucicault.


Dion Boucicault (1820-1890) was a prolific and innovative playwright, actor, producer, manager, and director of the 19th century English-speaking stage.  With astonishing energy, he wrote, acted in, directed, and produced literally scores of plays, 250 by his own reckoning. (more)

The USF Tampa Library’s Dion Boucicault Theatre Collection is one of the largest public collections of Boucicault materials in the world, purchased from his widow, Josephine Cheney Boucicault.  The physical collection consists of approximately 781 items, including printed and manuscript play scripts, stage directions, letters, and musical scores. The collection also includes set design sketches, prompt books, photographs, and select musical segments.

Most of USF's materials related to Boucicault’s The Shaughraun have been digitized and are available online. The digital collection includes promptbooks (one handwritten), photographs, scene etchings, programs, a bibliography, and an essay on the play by USF Professor Nancy Cole.