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Tremont Theatre Collection

 Collection — Container: MS Th. 4
Call Number: MS Th. 4

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1839-1843


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

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.


157.00 Items

Language of Materials


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

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff.

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

Statement on harmful description

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Revision Statements

  • 2013-01: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, January 2013.

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