CollectionMax Tyler Music Hall Collection
TitleMax Tyler Music Hall Collection
Name of creatorTyler, Max, 1933-2018
Datelate 19th century - early 21st century
Extent52.2 linear metres
DescriptionMax Tyler was the archivist (between 1984-2012) and historian (between 1993-2016) of the British Music Hall Society. He wrote regularly for ‘The Stage’ and ‘The Call Boy’, the magazine of the British Music Hall Society, and was co-editor of ‘Music Hall Studies’. Max looked after the British Music Hall Society’s own large archive of theatrical memorabilia but built up a substantial personal collection of books, ephemera, research notes, and audio-visual recordings relating to the British Music Hall tradition, with material spanning from the late nineteenth century to the early 21st century.

Contains material including:
• original and copies of Music Hall song sheets
• song sheets and scripts for musical comedies
• music hall programmes
• playbills
• 20th century music hall and vaudeville magazines and periodicals
• music hall audio recordings on cassette, CD, shellac discs, and reel-to-reel tapes
• published books on music hall, and music hall performers
• research notes
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (
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