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Boston (Mass.). Schoolhouse Department


Historical note

Chapter 473 of the Acts of 1901 established in the City of Boston a Schoolhouse Department under the charge of a board of three Commissioners appointed by the Mayor without confirmation. The authority and duties of the board were those formerly conferred and imposed upon the City Council and the School Committee in relation to selecting lands for school purposes and requesting the Street Commissioners to take the same, providing temporary school accommodations, and making, altering and approving designs and plans for school purposes; erecting, completing, altering, repairing, furnishing, and preparing yards for school buildings and making contracts and selecting architects for doing said work. The board was also required to take measures to secure proper ventilation, proper sanitary conditions, and protection from fire for existing school buildings. Annual reports were first made in 1901.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Board of Schoolhouse Commissioners proceedings

Identifier: 0430.001
Scope and Contents

Minutes of the Board of Schoolhouse Commissioners, 1901-1929.

Dates: 1901-1929

Contracts and specifications

Identifier: 0430.002
Scope and Contents note

This series consists of a set of bound volumes of contracts and specifications for school buildings, 1902-1938 with gaps. The set is numbered volumes I-XVLI. Volumes VI, VII and X are missing.

Dates: 1902-1938 with gaps

Department of School Buildings annual reports

Identifier: 0430.003
Scope and Contents

Includes copies of the annual reports of the Schoolhouse Department/Department of School Buildings for the years 1901-1915, 1918-1919, 1921, 1925, 1928, 1934-1935, 1943-1946, 1948-1949, 1951, and 1963-1965. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Dates: 1901-1965 with gaps

School building plans

Identifier: 0430.004
Scope and Contents note

4 sets of plans of closed/obsolete school buildings.

Dates: circa 1900-1940