Archives and Manuscripts

Archives & Manuscripts

American Antiquarian Society

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School

Clapp, Nathaniel, 1668-1745. Sermons, 1706-1707.

FOUND IN: 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.


Grove Hall Universalist Church, Dorchester, MA. Records, 1907-1968.

FOUND IN: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School

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

Charles Spear business records

FOUND IN: 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 Athenaeum

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 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

Bostonian Society

Countway Library of Medicine

Nahum Capen papers

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. Archives

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

Papers of Donna M. Finn, 1971-2013

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.


Records of the Ladies Unity Club, 1904-1951

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

Clapp daybooks

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

Explore all of our archival and manuscript collections that document Dorchester, Massachusetts. To access collections held outside of UMass Boston, search ArchiveGrid, WorldCat, and the Digital Public Library of America. Search for “Dorchester” and related keywords.



Posted on

December 4, 2021

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