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Paul McPharlin papers, 1905-1956

McPharlin, Paul, 1903-1948


Collection Information

Size: 5,000 Items, (on 11 microfilm reels)

Summary: Writings on puppetry by McPharlin and others, 1879-1956; clippings concerning puppetry; puppet playscripts by McPharlin and others, 1915-1949; exhibition catalogs, programs, and photos from puppetry festivals and conferences, 1921-1952; Punch and Judy playscripts, bibliography, cartoons, and clippings, 1705-1951; correspondence, including some regarding the history of Punch and Judy puppets, 1927-1951; research material for PUPPETRY IN AMERICAN LIFE, and THE PUPPET THEATER IN AMERICA; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Puppeteer, Detroit, Mich.


The Paul McPharlin papers were endowed to the Detroit Institute of Art by Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McPharlin and Majorie Batchelder McPharlin.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals at the Detroit Institute of Arts Archives, Detroit, Michigan.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1560 through 1570 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Paul McPharlin papers, 1905-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.