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National Theatre Collection

 Collection — Container: MS Th. 11
Call Number: MS Th. 11

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1837-1864


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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."

Biographical or Historical Information

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.


38.00 Items

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

Arranged chronologically

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

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff.


National Theatre Collection
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Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
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Revision Statements

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

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