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Sigmund A. Lavine Boston Theatre Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 002

Scope and Contents

The Sigmund A. Lavine Boston Theatre Collection is a collection of materials generated by and relating to Boston Theatres of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Included in the collection are photographs of actors and productions, theatre programs and playbills from Boston area theatres, production materials such as scripts and journals, and newspaper and magazine clippings about people, places, and events in the Boston theatre community. The bulk of the material concerns the Castle Square Theatre, but also includes materials from other Boston theatres.

Also included in the collection are a number or correspondences, papers, and newsclippings written or collected by Edwin F. Edgett, noted journalist, author, and Editor of the Boston Transcript.


  • Majority of material found within 1880-1914
  • 1827-1950


Language of Materials

The collection contains records in English, German, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be subject to copyright. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials under copyright.


22 linear feet


The collection is organized into six series:

Series 1: Photographs

Series 2: Programs, 1881-1960

Series 3: Theatre Production and Related Materials

Series 4: Periodicals, 1857-1952

Series 5: Edwin F. Edgett Papers, 1897-1935

Series 6: Book Collection

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Sigmund A. Lavine in October 1995.

Processing Information

Finding Aid prepared by Ashley Judson in 2009.

Last updated by Chessie Monks and Brendan Higgins on 21 September 2011.

Sigmund A. Lavine Boston Theatre Collection
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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120 Boylston Street
Boston Massachusetts 02116 United States
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