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TCS 66

Playbills and programs from Boston theaters, 1775-1988: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, f, pf, bpf, ppf, pfd
Call No.: TCS 66
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Playbills and programs from Boston theaters,
Date(s): 1775-1988.
Quantity: 352 linear feet
Language of materials: Collection materials are predominantly in English; also includes some in French,German, one in Armenian, one in Russian, and as well as other languages.
Abstract: Printed playbills and programs from theaters in and around Boston, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Various accession numbers; Gifts of various sources, various dates.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Micah Hoggatt and Susan Pyzynski, with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Playbills and Programs from Boston Theaters, 1775-1988 (TCS 66). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Theater programs and playbills are printed lists of the acts, scenes, selections, or other features composing a play or theatrical entertainment, including the names of the performers. Typically a playbill is a single-sheet listing of acts with a short description, printed on one side of paper and a program is a folded piece printed on both sides, in leaflet, pamphlet, or booklet size.


The finding aid is arranged alphabetically by name of theater, though the materials are arranged physically by size, and therefore the item numbers are not in sequential order in the finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Printed playbills and programs from theatrical productions presented at theaters in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Addresses for theaters have been provided, when known. Occasionally the same theater name applied to multiple locations and in those cases, we have named the theater and added a (I), (II), (III) etc...
Includes materials for: Boston Museum; Boston Music Hall, Boston Opera House, Boston Theatre, Castle Square Theatre, Colonial Theatre, Columbia Theatre, Cort Theatre, Hollis Street Theatre, Majestic Theatre, Park Theatre, Plymouth Theatre, Shubert Theatre, Symphony Hall, Tremont Theatre, Wilbur Theatre, and many others.

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