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MS Thr 1139

Boston Museum (1847-1903), recipient. Letters sent to the Boston Museum, 1864-1891: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 1139
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Boston Museum (1847-1903), recipient.
Title: Letters sent to the Boston Museum
Date(s): 1864-1891
Quantity: 9 linear feet (18 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters sent to R. M. (Richard Montgomery) Field, manager of the Boston Museum, from various members of the theatrical profession.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006MT-252r. Gift of unknown source; received: date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection 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.
Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Letters Sent to the Boston Museum, 1864-1891 (MS Thr 1139). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Boston Museum (1841-1846 and 1846-1903), the first theater was at Tremont and Bromfield Streets, second at Tremont Street, between Scollay Square and School Street. Boston Museum (1846-1903) was a performance hall that also housed a gallery of curiosities, best known for its wax tableaux, music programs and displays from the New England Museum. Proprietor/managers included Moses Kimball (the first), R. Montgomery Field, and E. F. Keach.


Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Manuscript and typescript letters from members of the theatrical profession sent to R. M. (Richard Montgomery) Field (1834-1902), the manager of the Boston Museum from 1864-1898. Primarily letters from theatrical agents, actors, musicians, and other performers concerning securing engagements at the Boston Museum.

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