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MS Thr 1078

Programs and playbills from Boston-area theaters and other venues, 1809-1974: 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 1078
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Programs and playbills from Boston-area theaters and other venues,
Date(s): 1809-1974.
Quantity: 1 collection (2.1 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are primarily in English. Some material in German.
Abstract: Programs and playbills for theatrical and popular entertainment events.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett ; received: 2010 October 9.
Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Boston Theatre (Harvard Theatre Collection).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Ashley M. Nary

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Programs and Playbills from Boston-area Theaters and Other Venues, 1809-1974 (MS Thr 1078). 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.


Arranged alphabetically by venue.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 19th and 20th-century programs and playbills from theatrical, musical, and popular entertainment productions held in the Boston area.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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