Guide to the Collection of Nantucket Theatre Ephemera, 1817–1998, Bulk 1950–1970

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.


The Collection of Nantucket Theatre Ephemera is an artificial collection assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association. This collection includes clippings, playbills, reviews, posters, advertisements, and programs for concerts, recitations, plays, and other performances by professional acting troupes, well-known members of ‘Sconset’s actors’ colony, Nantucket schools, churches, and various island clubs.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Collection of Nantucket Theatre Ephemera
1817–1998, bulk 1950–1970
Nantucket Historical Association.
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Collection of Nantucket Theatre Ephemera, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Acquired by Nantucket Historical Association from a variety of donors and organizations.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Nantucket Historical Association assumes no responsibility.

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Subject Headings

  • Corporate Name
    • Fawcett Players
    • Theatre Workshop
    • Barn Stages Theater
    • Discovery Playhouse
    • Actor's Theatre of Nantucket.
    • Duncan Summer School of the Arts
    • Nantucket Stage Company
    • Straight Wharf Theatre
  • Topical Term
    • Theater.
    • Playbills.
    • Ephemera.

Biographical Information

This is an artificial collection of theater programs assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association. In some instances, the NHA gathers materials of a single format to preserve them and make them available. In these cases, the NHA is seen as the creator of the artificially constructed collection.

Scope and Content

This collection includes clippings, playbills, reviews, posters, advertisements, and programs for concerts, recitations, plays, and other performances by professional acting troupes, well-known members of ‘Sconset’s actors’ colony, Nantucket schools, churches, and various island clubs.


Folder 1 Actors’ ephemera, 1919–1959

Including clippings, correspondence, and autographs of New York and Nantucket actors

Folder 2 Atheneum ephemera, 1842–1906

Includes playbills, reviews and programs of performances, concerts and seating plans

Folders 3-4 Cyrus Peirce Theatre ephemera, 1914- 1991

Including clippings and playbills by Nantucket Stage Company,Nantucket High School dramatic club, Nantucket High School Senior Club and the Fawcett players

Folder 5 Discovery Playhouse 1968 season playbill, 1968

Folder 6 Duncan Summer School of the Arts ephemera, 1933–1934

Including brochures and playbills

Folder 7 Fawcett Players ephemera, 1939

Including clippings and playbills

Folder 8 Island Stage ephemera, 1993–1994

Including tickets and playbills

Folder 9 “King of Nantucket” broadcast by George H. Faulkner, 1951

Folder 10 Legion Hall programs, 1932–1934, 1975–1976

Including playbills of Nantucket Art Councils, Nantucket Shellfish Association, and T.J. McGee Council.

Folder 11 Methodist Church ephemera, 1879, 1935–1936

Including concerts by M. E. church choir and playbills by Nantucket Civic League.

Folder 12 Monnohanit Performances character lists, 1929

Folder 13 Nantucket Coffin School Association’s program, 1945–1946

“Musical Memories Reviewed”

Folder 14 Nantucket Playhouse ephemera, 1938

Including playbill and a special matinee

Folder 15 Nantucket Stage Company ephemera, 1973–1974

Including playbill and donor letter

Folder 16 Nantucket Yacht Club Theatre playbill, 1927

Folder 17 North Vestry shows, 1890–1939

Folder 18 “Over Twenty-One” playbill by Ruth Gordon, 1952–1953

OPF-66/1 Rink Theatre playbills, circa 1896

Folder 19 Sherburne Lyceum program and tickets, 1979–1980

Folder 20 Sconset Casino ephemera, 1900–1999

Including Agreement of Association, programs, and playbills

OP-66/3 Straight What Theatre broadside, 1865

Folder 21–22 Straight Wharf Theatre ephemera, 1938–1971

Including scrapbooks, revues, clippings, advertisements, and playbills

Folder 23–24 Straight Wharf Theatre programs, 1960–1969

SV-66/1-3 Straight Wharf Theatre Scrapbooks, 1940- 1975

OP-66/1 Straight Wharf Theatre clipping, 1975

OP-66/2 Straight Wharf Theatre company hierarchy, undated

Folder 25 Theatre Workshop ephemera, 1959-1982

Folder 26 Theatre Workshop playbills, 1956-2001

Folder 27 Terrapin Theatre Company playbills, 1988, undated

Folder 28 Unitarian Vestry ephemera, 1900, 1971

Folder 29 Unity Club ephemera, 1906-1913

Includes programs and a newspaper clipping.

Folder 30 Whalers Club ephemera, 1938-1941

Includes programs, playbills, and a menu.

Folder 31 Nantucket Yacht Club ephemera, 1913-1941

Includes programs and playbills.

Folder 32 Unidentified programs, 1817-1946

Items Separated

  • SV-66/1-3
  • OPF-66/1
  • OP-66/1-3

Processing Information

Finding aid by Cindy Li, July 2022.

This collection was reprocessed in July 2022.

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