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Boston City Hospital

 Organization

Historical note

Due to the need in the mid 1800's for a hospital to care for the sick poor, the city initiated plans for the construction of a city hospital. Chapter 113 of the Acts of 1858 established a City Hospital. Construction began in 1861 and the Boston City Hospital opened on June 1, 1864. The Hospital was under the charge of a Board of Trustees. Over time, besides the main hospital, the Trustees had charge of the South Department for contagious diseases, the Sanatorium Division at 249 River Street, Mattapan (for tuberculosis patients), Long Island Division (for chronic diseases) and East Boston Relief Station. Relief Stations were closed to patients on March 15, 1938; East Boston Relief Station was reopened on a twenty-four hour basis on October 15, 1945. The trustees were initially incorporated by Chapter 174 of the Acts of 1880 and authorized to receive and hold real and personal estate bequeathed or devised to said corporation to an amount not exceeding $1,000,000. By the 1950s, the trustees were authorized to receive and hold real and personal estate bequeathed or devised to said hospital corporation to an amount not exceeding $10,000,000. The Hospital Department and the Health Department were merged as the Health and Hospitals Department by Chapter 656 of the Acts of 1965. The Board of Health and Hospitals by this same statute was incorporated as the Board of Trustees of Health and Hospitals.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Boston City Hospital collection

 Collection
Identifier: 7020.001
Scope and Contents This collection documents the history of the Boston City Hospital from 1864-1996. Parts of this collection were originally in the custody of the Boston City Hospital Library. The collection includes Board of Trustees minutes and records; published reports of the hospital; administrative files of the hospital and of the library; financial records of the hospital; historical files and news clippings compiled by the library over time; holdings of the library including medical texts dating...
Dates: circa 1790-1996 (bulk, 1864-1996)

Boston City Hospital Merger files

 Series
Identifier: 0700.017
Dates: circa 1994-1995

City Council Committee on Establishing a City Hospital records

 Series
Identifier: 0140.022
Scope and Contents note

This series is divided into two sub series. Sub series I: Committee records includes the notes, minutes, reports and orders of the Committee. Sub series II: Correspondence includes the letters received in response to the Committee's October 1849 inquiry to specific physicians, and also the letters received in March and April 1850 in response to the circular sent to the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Dates: 1849-1850

Long Island Hospital records

 Collection
Identifier: 7020.004
Dates: circa 1890 - 1991