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.
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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.