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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 479

Early American playbills

Eighteenth and nineteenth-century printed playbills from American theaters.


  • 1750-1812

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.


3 linear feet (5 boxes and 186 oversize folders)

Printed playbills from American theaters, including Boston Theatre and Federal Street Theatre in Boston, Mass., Front Street Theatre (Baltimore, Md.), Annapolis Theatre (Annapolis, Md.), Portland Theatre (Portland, Me.), Portsmouth Theatre (Portsmouth, N.H.), Providence Theatre (Providence, R.I.), American Circus (Philadelphia) Chestnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia), Chestnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Water Street Theatre, City Theatre, Church Street (Charleston, S.C.). Also includes playbills for local circuses.


Arranged in a single alpha-chronological run based on theatre name and date of production.

Physical Location

pfd (P1.C2.06.10 - P1.C2.06.14, P1.C2.06.16 [Folders 1-177, 185, 186]), ppf (P1.C2.06.15) [Folders 178-184]), b (in end processing)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2004MT-132. Various gifts and purchases, various dates.

Processing Information

MMS ID 990096154340203941
Link to catalog
Early American playbills, 1750-1812: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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