Archives & Manuscripts
American Antiquarian Society
Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
Collection Identifier: bMS 741
Overview: This leather bound, unsigned, autograph volume contains 224 pages of manuscript abstracts, in Latin, of sermons by Rev. Nathaniel Clapp (1668/1669-1745; Harvard AB 1690) a minister in Newport, Rhode Island. They span the period from 1706-1707.
Collection Identifier: bMS 252
Overview: Records of Grove Hall Universalist Church in Dorchester, Mass including Church register (1907-1960), with lists of members, baptisms, marriages, and deaths; Trustees records (1930-1968), with minutes, reports; and Treasurers record books (1930-1957).
Baker Library. Special Collections. Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Collection Identifier: Mss:100 1856-1872 S741
Overview: Personal and professional finance records kept by Charles Spear of Quincy and Dorchester, Massachusetts, from 1856-1895.
Boston. City Archives
Boston. Boston Landmarks Commission.
Research reports on Boston Landmarks located in Dorchester and neighborhood inventories.
Boston. Inspectional Services Department.
Building Permit Application – Inspectional Services website within Boston.gov
Boston Resident Listings by Ward and Precinct – Boston Public Library online for years – need index to locate ward and precinct by street address – speak to Earl Taylor
Countway Library of Medicine
FOUND IN: Countway Library of Medicine
Collection Identifier: B MS c23
Overview: The Nahum Capen papers, 1783-1885 (inclusive), 1826-1885 (bulk), consist chiefly of letters addressed to Capen and to the firm of Marsh, Capen, and Lyon, requesting information on or discussing phrenology; concerning establishment and meetings of phrenological societies in Boston and elsewhere; and other professional matters. Also includes social invitations, letters of transmittal and recommendation, documents from phrenological societies, and Capen’s collection of autograph letters.
Dorchester Historical Society
Historic New England
Pierce Family Papers. Pierce-Shaughnessey Family Collection. Historic New England
Luther Briggs, Jr., architectural collection
Conness House interior photos
Folsom House interior photos
Edward Capen House, Mt. Ida, interior photos
George C. Thacher House, Hillside, interior photos
Hoe House, corner of Melville Ave and Washington Street interior photos
Arabella Chandler McClintock Bellamy Fabric Design Collection
rapid transit photos
Boston Building Department photographic collection, 1920s and 1930s
Dorchester buildings photos
Massachusetts State House Library
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Boston YMHA Hecht House
Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society records and holdings
Massachusetts Historical Society
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
FOUND IN: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Collection Identifier: MC 882; Vt-280
Overview: Correspondence, writings, notes, projects, and master’s thesis of Donna Finn, Boston-based activist and co-founder of the Dorchester Women’s Committee.
Collection Identifier: MC 296
Overview: Minutes, membership book, account book, etc., of the Ladies Unity Club, which maintained the Roxbury Home for Aged Women and the Annah F. Osgood Home for Aged People in Dorchester, Mass.
University of Delaware
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Selected Resources Documenting Dorchester – Healey Library accessed 4/6/18
Archival and Manuscript Collections
Anthony Mitchell Sammarco collection, 1742-2006
Bellamy family papers, 1865-1960
Columbia Point Community Quilt Project, 2001
Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association records, 1967-1982
A Decent Place to Live – From Columbia Point to Harbor Point records, 1951-2000
Dorchester Brigadiers digital photo scrapbook, 1966-1967
Dorchester House Multi-Service Center records, 1909-1983
Dorchester Pottery Museum records, 1980-1983
Dorchester Pottery Works records, 1905-1961
Dorchester Recycling Volunteers records, 1989-1994
Doris Oberg: Dorchester Pottery collection, 1955-1993
Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses records and photographs, 1965-1994
John Madden papers, 1963-1988
Larsen family collection of Dorchester Pottery: pottery and publications, circa 1900-1979
Laurence Etter papers, 1960-1976
Little House records, 1906-1987
Marie Kennedy: Columbia Point collection, 1936-2003
Robert Bayard Severy photographs, 1877-1990
Sam Sawtelle papers, 1967-1981
Savin Hill Improvement Association records, 1967-1971
What’s the Point, A Public Art Project collection, 2005
William A. Cowles papers, 1862-1928
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