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Boston Public Schools

 Organization

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:

Roxbury Memorial High School for Girls records

 Series
Identifier: 0420.058
Scope and Contents

Includes yearbooks for 1947-1949, 1958 and 1960; student newsletter "Enterprises", 1928-1931 with gaps; programs; and photograph of the Class of 1931.

Dates: 1928-1960 with gaps

Rules and regulations of the Boston Public Schools

 Collection
Identifier: 0400.002
Scope and Contents note

The Rules and Regulations of the Boston Public Schools are dated 1877-1879, 1883, 1888, 1895, 1897-1898, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1910, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, and 1935. Each volume is divided into two sections. The first describes the rules and structure of the Boston School Committee. The second the regulations of the Boston School Department. Each volume contains a definition of the school districts.

Dates: 1877-1935

School building photographs

 Series
Identifier: 0403.002
Scope and Contents

Collection of photographs of Boston Public School buildings. Most photographs show exterior views of buildings. A small number include interior views.

Dates: circa 1920-1960

School Committee annual reports and documents

 Series
Identifier: 0405.001
Scope and Contents

Annual reports and other documents including annual statistics, committee reports, curriculum, courses of study, etc. of the School Department. Includes School Committee annual reports, 1845-1850, 1852-1855, 1857-1963 and School Documents, 1853-1861, 1877, 1879-1905. Also includes Annals of the Primary Schools, 1818-1854; Report of Committee on Drawing, 1870-1877; Report on Accounts, 1869-1877; and budget reports.

Dates: 1845-1963

School Committee Secretary desegregation files

 Series
Identifier: 0405.004
Abstract The School Committee Secretary Desegregation Files date from 1963 to 1984. They are comprised of correspondence, meeting minutes, transcripts, student assignment plans, court orders and news clippings collected by Edward J. Winter; Secretary of the Boston School Committee from 1962 to 1984. Items of interest in this collection include letters from the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), Office of Civil Rights; the United States Attorney General; the Boston Police...
Dates: 1963-1984 (bulk, 1974-1976)

School Committee Secretary's circulars

 Series
Identifier: 0405.005
Scope and Contents

Notices circulated to headmasters, principals and others by the School Committee Secretary. Includes amendments to the Rules and Regulations and salary schedules.

Dates: 1906-1914, 1920-1971

School Department grants

 Series
Identifier: 0405.006
Scope and Contents

Grants submitted by the Superintendent to the School Committee for approval.

Dates: 1994-2002

School Department publications

 Series
Identifier: 0400.005
Scope and Contents

Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.

Dates: circa 1916-2000

School History collection

 Collection
Identifier: 0400.008
Scope and Contents note This is an artificial collection compiled from books and pamphlets transferred from the Campbell Resource Center (formerly the School Committee Administration Library). It includes published works about individual Boston Schools, works by students and faculty, and works about the individual for whom the school was named. The collection is broken down into three series based on the size and format: Pamphlets and small-size publications; Books; and Other publications and...
Dates: 1820-1989

Schools and Schoolboys of Old Boston: an Historical Chronicle of the Public Schools of Boston from 1636-1844...by Arthur Wellington Brayley, 1894

 Item — Publications Tray: Series II
Identifier: II
Scope and Contents note From the Collection: This is an artificial collection compiled from books and pamphlets transferred from the Campbell Resource Center (formerly the School Committee Administration Library). It includes published works about individual Boston Schools, works by students and faculty, and works about the individual for whom the school was named. The collection is broken down into three series based on the size and format: Pamphlets and small-size publications; Books; and Other publications and...
Dates: 1894

Scrapbook of school forms

 Item — Volume 1-2
Identifier: 0400.006
Scope and Contents note

Scrapbook of forms used by the School Department, circa 1940. Includes samples of office record cards, attendance and scholarship records, transfer cards, report cards, monthly reports, teacher record cards, etc.

Dates: circa 1940

"Shaping the hat, the blocks for which were purchased from a little shop on a country road in one of our suburbs.", circa 1914

 Item
Identifier: 0420041_029
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

"Showing how the little folks were fitted and dressed by Junior dressmakers.", circa 1914

 Item
Identifier: 0420041_005
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

"Stitching hats - The girl in the foreground is making the 'tips'.", circa 1914

 Item
Identifier: 0420041_027
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

Student records

 Series
Identifier: 0420.001
Scope and Contents Student transcripts, office record cards and attendance records of primarily closed Boston Public Schools. Includes records of the following high schools and programs: Boston Technical High School/Mechanic Arts High School, pre-1952 only; Boston Trade School for Boys, pre 1929 only; Brandeis Vocational High School; Charlestown High School, pre-1917 only; High School of Commerce; Dorchester High School, pre-1946 only; Evening High and Trade Schools, pre-1978 only; Girls' High School; Girls'...
Dates: 1847-2000

[Students at a machine]

 Digital Image
Identifier: 0420072_FB001_006_021

"Summer days, out on the roof which extended from the second story of the building. A class in Senior Dressmaking.", circa 1914

 Item
Identifier: 0420041_039
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

Superintendent Lois Harrison-Jones administrative records

 Series — Box 1
Identifier: 0410.002
Scope and Contents

Subject and correspondence files of Superintendent Lois Harrison Jones. This collection is unprocessed.

Dates: 1989-1994

Superintendent's annual reports

 Series — Box 1
Identifier: 0410.003
Scope and Contents

Collection of copies of the published annual reports of the Superintendent for the years 1919-1929, 1931, 1933-1946, 1948, 1950-1957, 1959-1973 and 1979-1985. Annual reports can also be found in the School Committee Annual Reports and Documents series.

Dates: 1919-1985 with gaps

Superintendent's circulars

 Series
Identifier: 0410.001
Scope and Contents

Administrative notices circulated to all school headmasters and principals by the Superintendent, 1899-1936, 1942-1952, and 1962-1990.

Dates: 1899-1990 with gaps

Thanksgiving football game records

 Series — Box 1
Identifier: 0434.001
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, programs, etc. of high school Thanksgiving Day football games. Most records relate to the English-Latin Football game.

Dates: 1964-1977

"The power stitchers on the job, from dresses, uniforms, shirts, etc. to...", circa 1914

 Item
Identifier: 0420041_026
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

Theodore Roosevelt School photograph

 Item — Box 1
Identifier: 0420.053
Scope and Contents

Photograph of the Class of 1929.

Dates: 1929

Thomas Gardner School photograph and diploma

 Series — Box Tube 1
Identifier: 0420.038
Scope and Contents

Includes photograph of the Class of 1926 and diploma from 1926.

Dates: 1926

Additional filters:

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