Cocoanut Grove Sign

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A fire broke out in Boston’s very popular Cocoanut Grove nightclub on November 28, 1942, killing 492 people, sending 166 to Boston-area hospitals and impacting countless others. This is the deadliest known night club fire in the world.

This site is a collaborative effort that brings together original and secondary sources from the collections of local Boston institutions and people interested in preserving the history of the fire.  This initiative is a work in progress and subject to continual updates. As materials come to light, they will be posted. We welcome and encourage anyone who may have information, documents, or artifacts to let us know.