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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 554

Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.) orchestra music


Music parts and scores by various composers and arrangers used by the Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.) as occasional music for performances.


  • 1860-1900

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


6.5 linear feet (26 boxes)

Parts and scores of miscellaneous music in manuscript and print, with arrangers noted where known.

Biographical / Historical

The Boston Theatre on Washington Street in Boston, Massachusetts, opened 11 September 1854 and was the second Boston Theatre in this location, rebuilt after the first structure was razed in 1852. The playhouse was designed by Edward and James Cabot and Jonathan Preston from plans by Henri Noury and it seated 3000.


Arranged alphabetically by first title.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2009MT-37. Unknown source.

Processing Information

Processed by: Monique Duhaime and Melanie Wisner

Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.). Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.) orchestra music, circa 1860-1900: Guide.
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Repository Details

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