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MS Thr 606

Boston theater watercolors and printed materials, 1797-1886: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 606
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Boston theater watercolors and printed materials,
Date(s): 1797-1886 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Watercolor drawings of theater buildings in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as some clippings and playbills concerning these establishments.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Boston Theater Watercolors and Printed Materials, 1797-1886 (MS Thr 606). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Arranged alphabetically by theater name.

Scope and Contents

Watercolors of Boston theatres, drawn by an unknown artist. Size of drawings vary; all are matted on 28 x 36 cm. paper board. Titles taken from manuscript annotations on mats. Some include clippings and playbills pasted on versos. Many of these images are actually copies of originals and probably were to be used for a book. Some, but not all, of the text and images can be found in the drama section of Justin Winsor's History of Boston... Many of these theaters no longer exist.
Also includes black and white photomechanical prints of most of these watercolors.
Includes the following Boston theaters: Bijou Theatre, Bland's Lyceum, Boston Adelphi Theatre, Boston Museum, Boston Theatre, Continental Theatre, Globe Theatre, Hay-Maket Theatre, Hollis Street Theatre, Howard Athenaeum, Leonard's National Theatre, National Theatre, Park Theatre, Tremont Theatre, Washington Theatre, and the Windsor Theatre.


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