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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 407

First Night Boston records


Records of the nonprofit organization First Night Boston.


  • Creation: 1976-2002

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


20.88 linear feet (20 boxes and 22 oversize folders)

Collection includes correspondence, minutes, notebooks, clippings, flyers, posters, programs, tickets, buttons, maps, and business records, such as annual reports, financial statements, grant proposals, and contracts of First Night Boston. Topics concern administration, planning, fund-raising, advertising and public relations, community relations, sales, and volunteers. Also contains records relating to the Massachusetts Council on the Arts; Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Metropolitan Cultural Alliance, New England Foundation for the Arts, Russ Costa, and Zeren Earls.

Biographical / Historical

First Night Boston is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to produce Boston's annual New Year's Eve celebration as well as the Neighborhood Network, a community outreach and arts education program.


Arranged roughly in series.

Physical Location

b, pfd (P1.C3.06.11 [Folders 1-8]), ppf (P1.C3.06.12-P1.C3.06.14 [Folders 9-22])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-338. Donor and date unknown. Oversized materials are the gift of First Night Boston at various dates.

2023MT-60. Gift of Zeren Earls, 2023 April 19.

Related Materials

See also unprocessed collection 2013MT-25.

First Night Boston (Boston, Mass.). First Night Boston records, 1976-2002: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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