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Field, Sarah Moore, 1885-1988


Biographical / Historical Note

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.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Boston Programs, 1901-1962

 Series — Record carton MSS 031 Box 01: Series MSS 031-1; Series MSS 031-2
Identifier: MSS 031-1
Scope and Contents This series contains programs and playbills from theatrical and musical performances in Boston, Massachusetts. The programs range in format from single sheet pamphlets to large souvenir brochures. Many theaters in Boston changed names multiple times over the course of their existence. A listing of known Boston theater locations as well as a list of name changes over time is included in the Appendix.The Miscellaneous Performances and Events folder contains programs from special...
Dates: 1901-1962

Other Programs, 1881-1963

 Series — Document case MSS 031 Box 02: Series MSS 031-2
Identifier: MSS 031-2
Scope and Contents 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,...
Dates: 1881-1963

Sarah Moore Field Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 031
Scope and Contents The Sarah Moore Field Collection includes over 200 programs and playbills from theatres within the New England region of the United States, with the bulk of the materials from Boston. The materials range in date from 1881 to 1963 with the bulk of the collection containing items from 1900 to 1928. Depending on the era, the playbills are formatted either as single sheets or posters (primarily the pre-1900s and World War II era programs) or booklets featuring advertisements, play descriptions,...
Dates: 1881 - 1963

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Archival Record 2
Collection 1
B. F. Keith's Theatre (Boston, Mass.) 1
Boston Opera House 1
Boston Symphony Orchestra 1
Boston Theatre (Boston, Mass.) 1
Castle Square Theatre (Boston, Mass.) 1