Series 2 - Other Programs

Patience or Bunthornes Bridge Program The Bristol Club Minstrels Fourth Annual Entertainment Program New Cape Theatre Program, Week of August 16, 1915 Newark Theatre Program, Presentation For the Week of March 16th 1919 Peterborough Dramatic Festivals The Empress Eugenie Program The Final Program of Denishawn School Martha Graham with the Mariarden Dancers Program Martha Graham with the Mariarden Dancers Program Mariarden March Hares Program Cort Theatre Peg O' My Heart Program Oh! My Dear! Advertisement Sappho: As Represented by Mme. Sarah Bernhardt and Company L'Aiglon: As Represented by Mme. Sarah Bernhardt and Company Wallack's Theatre Grumpy Program Metropolitan Opera House Grand Opera Season 1918-1919 Program
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US MBE MSS 031-2

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Other Programs


  • 1881-1963 (Creation)


0.25 linear feet; 1 box

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(1885 - 1988)

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Sarah Moore Field lived all of her long life in the gracious home at 266 Main Street in North Andover, Massachusetts. Purchased by her great-grandparents, Jeremiah Smith and Sarah Field in 1874 the Field household reflected a restrained, upper middle class taste. Sarah Moore Field became the family historian and carefully preserved the furnishings, photographs, financial records, letters, memorabilia, and personal property accumulated by three generations of her family in hope that one day the Field House would be opened to the public. Though her dream never came to fruition, selected items from her collection, such as these theatre programs, will continue to be accessible to the public.

Theater programs and playbills have evolved significantly over the course of the 19th and 20th century. Appearing first as a single sheet, usually consisting of the actors’ names and scenes in the play, by the early 1900s playbills had evolved into booklets which often included advertisements and actors’ biographies. Playbills briefly reverted back to the single sheet format during World War II. Starting in the early 1900s, souvenir program books were also printed to commemorate a specific play during its run, and were not tied to specific performances or theaters. These programs were larger than playbills and usually include photos of the actors, biographies, and a summary of the plot.

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This series contain playbills from theaters and concert halls outside of Boston. Locations include New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and various places in Massachusetts. The New York Programs folder includes performances from Sarah Berhardt & Co., Cort Theatre, Wallack’s Theatre, the Metropolitan Theatre, Maxine Elliot’s Theatre, Moroscoe Theatre, the Capital Theatre, Knickerbocker Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Empire Theatre, Winter Garden Theatre, Center Theatre, Theatre de Lys, and Alvin Theatre. There are also souvenir programs for performances of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “That Lady,” and the Imperial Russian Ballet.

The Miscellaneous Programs folders includes performances from the Bristol Club Minstrels at Taunton Theatre, New Cape Theatre, Newark Theatre, and Mariarden. It also contains the complete script for a performance of the comic opera “Patience or Bunthorne’s Bride.”

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This series is arranged alphabetically by location, then chronologically.

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The collection is open to researchers.

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  • English

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