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Boston Public Schools


Historical note

In 1789, the General Court of the Colony granted authority to “trust to appoint School Committees for the control of the Schools.” In accordance with the provisions of this act, the first School Committee for Boston was chosen October 20, 1789, “to exercise all the Powers relating to the Schools and School Masters, which the Selectmen or such Committees are authorized by the Laws of this Commonwealth on the Votes of this Town to exercise.” Under the reorganized plan of 1789, the public schools of Boston were administered by a committee consisting of twenty-one members, nine selectmen and one member from each of the twelve wards. For administrative purposes, the Board of twenty-one members was divided into various sub-committees. Sub-committees included a visiting committee, a committee to fill vacancies in the teaching staff and an examining committee.

Found in 202 Collections and/or Records:

Copley High School yearbook

 Item — Publications 1
Identifier: 0420.078
Scope and Contents

Yearbook for Copley High School from 1980.

Dates: 1980

"Costume design students."

 Digital Image
Identifier: 0420041_017

"Costume design students.", circa 1914

Identifier: 0420041_017
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Lantern slides from a presentation on the school circa 1914. Includes views of students, classrooms and student projects.

Dates: circa 1914

Curriculum guides and courses of study

Identifier: 0400.003
Scope and Contents

Includes copies of courses of study and curriculum guides for the Boston Public Schools. Courses of study and curriculum guides may also be found in the School Committee Annual Reports and Documents series.

Dates: 1943-1991

Department of Implementation records

Identifier: 0450.001
Dates: 1952-2002 (bulk, 1975-2000)

Department of Statistics records

Identifier: 0450.005
Scope and Contents The Department of Statistics collection is 2 cubic feet and contains files from 1967 to 1973 pertaining to Boston Public Schools students and teachers. The original arrangement of the collection has been maintained, they are arranged in reverse chronological order by school year. Each years files contain statistics gathered through questionaires and surveys as well as the questionaires and surveys themselves. A large portion of these statistics were used for the annual statistics report and...
Dates: 1965-1973

Deputy Superintendent's memoranda

Identifier: 0410.004
Scope and Contents

Memorandum circulated to cluster leaders, headmasters, principals and other administrative heads by the Deputy Superintendents, 1978-1990 and 1992-1999.

Dates: 1978-1990, 1992-1999

Desegregation related grants

Identifier: 0450.004
Scope and Contents The Desegregation related Grants Collection is arranged into 8 series: I. Chapter 636; II. Management Information Services Evaluation Reports; III. Office of Planning and Policy; IV. O'Connor, Thomas Evaluation Specialist; V. Gorham, Thomas Office of Chapter 636 Evaluation Specialist; VI. Hunt, Martin University Liaison, Chapter 636; VII. Horoschak, Peter Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent; and VIII. McCabe, Robert Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent.The Chapter...
Dates: 1967-1986 (bulk, 1972-1981)

Dorchester High School collection

Identifier: 0420.027
Scope and Contents Records of Dorchester High School, Dorchester High School for Boys and Dorchester High School for Girls. Includes administrative records, textbooks, framed copy of the first issue of "The Shrine" 1855, student magazines, programs, framed map of Dorchester from 1930, artifacts, photographs and yearbooks. Artifacts include DHS pins and a megaphone. Photographs include Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Fencing teams from the early 1900s; various classroom and school scenes from the early...
Dates: 1852-2003

Dudley School publications

Identifier: 0420.028
Scope and Contents

Published copies of "The Dudley Record", a student newspaper, from 1911-1915.

Dates: 1911-1915

East Boston High School photographs and film

Identifier: 0420.029
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of football teams from 1975-1979 and 1981-1982 and film reels of football games from 1975-1978.

Dates: 1975-1982

Edward Everett School records

 Series — Box Everett - 3
Identifier: 0420.032
Scope and Contents

Includes Exhibition programs, 1875-1883, 1885-1886; graduation programs, 1887-1894, 1897-1919; and Edward Everett Evening School graduation program from 1925; photographs, circa 1900-1936; and copy books of Florence Lurie, 1909.

Dates: 1875-1936

Elbridge Smith School photographs

 Series — SB - 034
Identifier: 0420.061
Scope and Contents

Class portraits from 1940 and 1947.

Dates: 1940, 1947

Elementary Principals Association records

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: 9800.005
Scope and Contents

Includes minutes, correspondence, etc. of the Elementary Principals Association in the Boston Public Schools.

Dates: 1919-1938

[Empty classroom]

 Digital Image
Identifier: 0420072_FB001_006_005

[Empty classroom]

 Digital Image
Identifier: 0420072_FB001_006_008

English High School records

Identifier: 0420.031
Scope and Contents

Various items from English High School including yearbooks, photographs, student magazines and a Boston School Cadets uniform.

Dates: circa 1910-1977 with gaps

Examination papers

Identifier: 0415.003
Scope and Contents

Bound volumes of examinations given to candidates for qualification as teachers in the Boston Public Schools for the years 1876-1893, 1925-30, 1932-1935, 1937-1938, 1940-1957, and 1959-1962.

Dates: 1876-1962 with gaps

[Exterior of Hyde Park High School]

 Digital Image
Identifier: 0420072_FB001_001_002

Fairmount School photographs

 Series — Box 1
Identifier: 0420.034
Scope and Contents

Photographs of students in school yard performing dances, circa 1960-1965 and other miscellaneous events.

Dates: circa 1960-1965

Fenway Middle College High School publication

 Item — Publications PB 061
Identifier: 0420.035
Scope and Contents

Publication from 1993 called "Our Future Community".

Dates: 1993

Frederic W. Lincoln School records

Identifier: 0420.070
Scope and Contents

Photograph of the Class of 1911 and diploma of Percy Blair. Also includes diploma of Frank Schofield from 1888.

Dates: 1888, 1911

Frederick O. Prince School records

Identifier: 0420.074
Scope and Contents

Includes diploma of Ethel Remick from 1891 along with a photograph of Remick, a photograph of principal E. B. Young and a class of '91 ribbon; writing samples, math worksheet, honor roll cards donated by estate of former student Judith Leverone; photograph of the Class of 1967; Grade 8 photograph; Grade 5 photograph, 1970; and graduation programs, 1970 and 1971.

Dates: 1891, 1967-1971

Girls' High School records

Identifier: 0420.039
Scope and Contents

Includes yearbooks for 1949, 1952, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1969; student newsletter "The Distaff" from 1937-1965 with gaps; photographs of the Class of 1920 and 1929; diplomas from 1920 and 1929; class ring from 1929; and small pennant.

Dates: circa 1860s-1970s

Girls' Latin School records

Identifier: 0420.040
Scope and Contents

Class lists for 1880-1910, graduation programs for 1901-1976 with gaps, and yearbooks for 1969 and 1971.

Dates: 1880-1976

Girls' Trade School lantern slides

 Series — Box 1
Identifier: 0420.041
Scope and Contents

Lantern slides from a presentation on the school circa 1914. Includes views of students, classrooms and student projects.

Dates: circa 1914

Graduation programs

Identifier: 0400.004
Scope and Contents note

Includes bound volumes of graduation programs of High Schools and Grammar Schools for the years 1885, 1890-1891, 1893, 1895-1897, 1904-1913 and 1918-1923; and graduation programs on microfilm of high schools for the years 1919-1979.

Dates: 1885-1979

Additional filters:

Collection 106
Archival Object 52
Digital Record 44
Lantern slides 64
Home economics 48
Photographs 46
Dressmaking 32
Yearbooks 27