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Collection Overview

Title: Tremont Theatre Collection, 1839-1843Add to your cart.

Collection Identifier: MS Th. 4

Primary Creator: Tremont Theatre

Extent: 157.0 Items

Subjects: Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston, Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History

Forms of Material: Digital images., Letters., Manuscripts.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains correspondence written by actors, actresses, and musicians seeking and accepting engagements, financial records, and legal documents.

Collection Historical Note

The Tremont Theatre, located on Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts, was designed by Isaiah Rogers (1800-1869) in the Greek Revival style. Financed by a group of wealthy residents, it opened on September 24, 1827 and was the second playhouse in the city after the Federal Street Theatre.  Among the people who appeared at there were Charlotte Cushman and Charles Dickens; however, it was never very profitable and closed in 1843. The building was purchased in December 1843 by the Free Church Baptists and was renamed the Tremont Temple.

Subject/Index Terms

Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Rare Books."

Related Materials:

Boston Theatre and Opera House (Washington Street) Collection, MS Th. 2

Boston Theatre (Federal Street) Records, MS Th. 1

National Theatre Collection, MS Th. 11

Preferred Citation: Tremont Theatre Collection, MS Th. 4. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, January 2013.


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Folder 1: Tremont Theatre. Proprietors. Printed season ticket; [Boston], 1842Add to your cart.
1s. (1p.)
Folder 2: Tremont Theatre. Proprietors. Printed season ticket; [Boston], 1842-1843Add to your cart.
1s. (1p.)
Folder 3: Sutherland, A.B. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; [Boston], 21 March 1843Add to your cart.
Seeks engagement for himself and wife as actors. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 4: Tremont Theatre. Ms.D.; [Boston?], [1843?]Add to your cart.
"The Spectre Pig or Going the whole Hog," ballad. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 5: [Jones, Joseph S.] Ms.D.; [Boston], [1843?]Add to your cart.
Memorandum concerning French ballets, etc. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 6: [Jones, Joseph S.] Ms.D.; [Boston], [1843?]Add to your cart.
Memorandum concerning dates of performances of operas, etc. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 7: Addis, John B., 1804-. Ms.D.S. (J.B. Addis); [Boston], 28 January 1843Add to your cart.
Scene plot for "Beauty and the Beast". 1s. (2p.)
Folder 8: Tremont Theatre. Proprietors. Ms.D.; [Boston], [1843?]Add to your cart.
Inventory of wardrobe, music, scenery, machinery, and properties. 7s. (14p.)
Folder 9: S____, W.L. Ms.D.S. (W.L.S.); Poor House, South Boston, 4 October 1842Add to your cart.
Poem, "The Drama," with postwcript offering it for use of Theatre. 2s. (6p.)
Folder 10: [Jones, J.S.?] Printed forms, some filled out in ms.; [Boston], [1842?]Add to your cart.
Checkbook against Merchants Bank, Boston, with filled-out stubs and blank checks. 4s. (13p.)
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item a: Boston Theatre (Federal Street). Proprietors. Rules & Regulations.; [Boston], [ca. 1800?]Add to your cart.
I. No Gentleman...
Item b: Boston Gas Light Company. Printed form, filled out in ms.; [Boston], 17-24 June 1843Add to your cart.
Bill to J.S. Jones for gas. 1s. (1p.) Attached to 11(a)
Folder 12: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D.; [Boston], [1842?]Add to your cart.
Memorandum on accounts. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Item a: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D.; [Boston], [1842-1843?]Add to your cart.
Weekly receipts. 1s. (2p.)
Item b: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D.; [Boston], [1842?]Add to your cart.
Memorandum on outstanding accounts. 1s. (1p.)
Item c: Comer, Thomas, 1790-1862. Ms.D.; [Boston], [c. 1842]Add to your cart.
Inventory of scores and aprts among "Music of Comer". 1s. (4p.)
Folder 14: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D.; [Boston], [1842?]Add to your cart.
Tabulation of accounts. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Item a: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D.; [Boston], [September-January? 1842]Add to your cart.
Tabulation of expenses and recipts. 1s. (1p.)
Item b: [Comer, Thomas?]. Printed list of French dramatic pieces, with ms. notations; [Boston], [1842?]Add to your cart.
1s. (2p.)
Folder 16: Tremont Theatre. Stage Manager. Ms.D.; [Boston], [1842?]Add to your cart.
Sketch of stage showing grooves, etc. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 17: Jones, J.S. A.N.S. to Miss Fanny Jones; [Boston], [1842?]Add to your cart.
Refuses to allow her to change her announced performance. 1s. (2p.) Copy.
Folder 18: Jones, J.S. A.L.S. to T[homas] Comer; [Boston], [January? 1843]Add to your cart.
Requests that he and other orchestra members obtain permission to play at theatres other than Tremont. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 19: Clapp & Winkley, firm, Boston. Ms.D.S. (Isaac P. Clapp); Boston, 25 September 1826- 19 December 1839Add to your cart.
Receipts of payment by George Jones for clothing. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 20: Massachusetts. Court of Common Pleas. (Suffolk County) Clerk. Ms.D.S. (Chas. A. Parker); Boston, 13 May 1839Add to your cart.
Record of proceedings brought by A.B. Meech against George Jones. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 21: Harnden, William F. Ms.D.S. (J.W. Lawrence); Boston, 28 October 1839Add to your cart.
Receipt to Tremont Treasurer for notes to be exchanged. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 22: [Jones, J S ] Ms.D.; Boston, 30 October 1839Add to your cart.
Report to [Charles F.] Kupfer and T[homas?] Pollard concerning expenditures for improvements to Theatre. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 23: -----. Ms.L.S. (copy) to [William] Pelby; Boston, 18 December 1839Add to your cart.
Concerning engagements of Mrs. Anderson at Tremont and National theatres. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 24: -----. A.L.S. (copy) to [William] Pelby; Boston, 19 December 1839Add to your cart.
Concerning Mrs. Anderson's commitment to play at Tremont Theatre, making impossible her engagement at National. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 25: New Jersey Steam Navigation Company. Printed form, filled out in ms.; New York, 28 August 1839Add to your cart.
Receipt of carpeting from T.D. Bickford, to be shipped to Providence for J.S. Jones. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 26: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D.; [Boston], 1 January 1841Add to your cart.
Tabulation of accounts. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 27: [Jones, J S ] Ms.L. (draft) to [Charles E] Kupfer and [Thomas?] Pollard; Boston, 30 October 1839Add to your cart.
Concerning expenditures to improe Theatre. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 28: Meech, A. B. Ms.D.S; New York, 31 December 1839Add to your cart.
Receipt of payment of demands against George Jones. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 29: Hillard, George S. Ms.D.S.; Boston, 3 January 1840Add to your cart.
Receipt of payment by John Wilson of court costs in case of A. B. Meech v. George Jones. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 30: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D; [Boston], 2 September 1839-4 May 1840Add to your cart.
Expenses and receipts. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 31: -----. -----. Ms.D.; [Boston], 2 September 1839-4 July 1840Add to your cart.
Expenses and receipts. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 32: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D.S. (George H. Child); Boston, 14 July 1840Add to your cart.
Expenses and receipts. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 33: Jones, J S A.L.S. (J.J. Mgr) to Junius B. Booth; Boston, 15 May 1841Add to your cart.
Concerning engagement at Theatre. 1s. (2p.) Probably a copy.
Folder 34: Lecomte, I. (T.?) Ms.D.S. (Lecomte, J.S. Jones); Boston, 11 June 1840Add to your cart.
Agreement to engage at Theatre Madame Lecomte and company including Mlle. Desjardins, M. and Mme. Martin, Mme. Kaiffer [?] and Mlle. [?] Lecomte. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 35: Stevens, Henry Edmund, 1814-1854. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 17 June 1840Add to your cart.
Offering his wife's services as actress. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 36: Lecomte, I. (?) Ms.D.S. (I. Lecomte, J.S. Jones); Boston, 30 June 1840Add to your cart.
Agreement by Lecomte to engage for two nights at Tremont, with his company. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 37: Marshall, William Frederick. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Pawtucket, R.I., 29 August 1840Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as violin player. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 38: Boston Academy of Music. Executive Committee. Ms.D.S. (L[uther] S. Cushing); Boston, 19 October 1840Add to your cart.
Agreement with J.S. Jones to hold concerts [at Odeon, Federal Street] only on Saturday nights in ensuing season. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 39: Fuller, Henry H. Ms.DD.S. (Henry H. Fuller, Ophelia Anderson by J. C. Oliver, Otto McCarthy, Wm. H. Prentice, Jr., Joanne P. Clapp by Chris. W. Clark); Boston, 25 February 1841-17 April 11841Add to your cart.
Receipts of payment for services. 3s. (6p.)
Folder 40: Tremont Theatre. Treasurer. Ms.D.; [Boston], 1 May 1841Add to your cart.
Tabulation of accounts. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 41: Jones, J S Ms.L.S. (copy by Geo. H. Child); Boston, 18 May 1841Add to your cart.
To Junius Brutus Booth threatening suit if Booth appears at rival theatre previous to appearing at Tremont. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 42: Welch, Rufus, 1800-1856. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 16 January 1842Add to your cart.
Requesting terms of lease of Theatre. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 43: Kemble, Thomas D. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Portland, Me., 2 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking position at Theatre. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 44: Norton, Robert. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; Boston, 13 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 45: Bird, R.M. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; Boston, 13 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 46: Oliver, John C. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 15 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking appointment as wardrobe-keeper. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 47: Holman, Abijah R. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 16 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as low comedian. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 48: Weston, John M. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; Woodville, Mass., 16 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 49: Winnemore, Anthony J. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; [Boston?], 17 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as musician and actor-singer, citing theatres at which he has appeared, mentioning [Thomas] Comer, Messrs. Preston & Andrews, Mr. Schmitz, and Geo. P. Reed. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 50: Savory, Thomas C. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 17 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking post as scene-painter. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 51: Matthews, Richard, 1823- . A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 18 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor, mentioning theatres at which he has appeared and parts he has played, referring to theatreical managers Hill and Hield. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 52: Proctor, George B. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; Boston, 18 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking post as doorkeeper. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 53: Harbordt, Charles A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 19 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as double-bassist or flautist. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 54: Phillips, Sarah C. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Baltimore, 19 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actress, offering credentials and terms. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 55: "Friend, A," i.e. anonymous. Ms.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 19 August 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning abuses to supernumeraries by Mr. Parker, Head of Supernumeraries. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 56: Everts, Henry. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 20 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as violinist. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 57: Russell, Mrs. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 19 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement [as actress?], referring him to Mr. Friedham [John Friedham?] of National Theatre. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 58: Crosland, Charles. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; Cambridgeport, Mass., 20 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 59: Niles, G.W. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 20 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 60: James, John S. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 20 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor, offering credentials. 1s. (2p.)

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