Since 1935 the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has been responsible for planning, building, and managing housing for low-income families and the elderly in Boston, Massachusetts, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies. As the result of a suit brought against BHA in the Housing Court of the City of Boston, the court in 1975 appointed a master to oversee BHA's management. Administrative files of the court-appointed master were created and maintained by the master in carrying out responsibility for monitoring activities of BHA in accordance with provisions of a consent decree signed in 1977.
Files contain correspondence, memorandums, reports, legal records, notes, and budgets relating to every provision of the consent decree including financial management, leased housing policies, contract management, maintenance, modernization programs, personnel practices (equal opportunity and affirmative action), purchasing, security, tenant selection, energy conservation and utilities, court actions taken in conjuction with consent decree, and related lawsuits. This series reflects the interrelationship of the court-appointed master with parties of the consent decree (BHA, Greater Boston Legal Services, and Boston Public Housing Tenants Policy Council), as well as with city, state, and federal agencies, including the state Dept. of Commerce and Development and the federal Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
Correspondence files of the court-appointed master, 1979-1980 contains correspondence and other files of the master during BHA's transition to receivership.