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National Theatre Collection, 1837-1864 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

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Collection Identifier: MS Th. 11

Primary Creator: National Theatre

Extent: 38.0 Items

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically

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

Forms of Material: Digital images., Manuscripts.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the theatre’s several changes in management, plays performed, and financial history.

Collection Historical Note

Established in 1836 by William Pelby, the National Theatre was located on Portland Street in Boston’s West End.  Designed by William Washburn, the National was destroyed by fire in April 1852 and was rebuilt and reopened in November. The theatre burnt down again in 1863; it did not reopen.

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 (Federal Street) Records, MS Th. 1

Boston Theatre and Opera House Collection, MS Th. 2

Tremont Theatre Collection, MS Th. 4

Preferred Citation: National Theatre Collection, MS Th. 11. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy ot the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/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 ms.fTh.12: Boston. National Theatre. Ms.; Boston, 1838Add to your cart.
Property book. List of properties used in each of the plays performed. 1 vol. (110p.)
Folder ms.fTh.13: Boston. National Theatre. Ms.; Boston, 1827-1828Add to your cart.
Property book, list of properties used in the plays performed at the National Theatre with sketches of some stage settings. 1 vol. (ca. 200p.)
Folder ms.fTh.14: Boston. National Theatre. Ms.; Boston, 1843-1850Add to your cart.
Return book, daily account of plays performed and box office receipts. 1 vol. (ca. 200p.)
Folder ms.qTh.15: Jones, Joseph Stevens, 1811-1877. A.Ms.; Boston, 1837-1839Add to your cart.
Account of two seasons at the National Theatre, Boston, including plays performed and receipts. 1 vol. (80p.)

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