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MS Thr 520

Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.). Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.) box office receipts: Guide.

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Last update on 2008 October 7

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: MS Thr 520
Creator: Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.).
Title: Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.) box office receipts,
Date(s): 1864-1901.
Quantity: 42 volumes (9.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscript box office records from the Boston Theatre on Washington Street from 1864 through 1901.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Acquisition Information:

Donor unknown.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.) Box Office Receipts (MS Thr 520). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

The Boston Theatre on Washington Street in Boston, Massachusetts, opened 11 September 1854, and was the second Boston Theatre in this location, rebuilt after the first structure was razed in 1852. The playhouse was designed by Edward and James Cabot and Jonathan Preston from plans by Henri Noury and it seated 3000.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

Box office receipts recorded as manuscript entries written on printed forms bound into volumes. Data recorded in some volumes, but not all, can include: date, title of production, number of tickets and dollar value sold per type of seat, gross sales for day, weather, special discounts, names of lead cast members, and miscellaneous notes about event. Most volumes also include pasted-in playbills, broadsides, clippings, programs, and notations on verso of front cover listing gross receipts for season.
Includes the following theater managers: Henry C. Jarrett; Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., L. R. Shewell, Eugene Tompkins, and others.

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