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Central Housing Project files

 Collection
Identifier: 9000.006

Scope and Contents note

This series includes the central files of the staff of the Boston Housing Authority on the individual housing developments under their control. The files are arranged under the authority establishing the developments and within those categories by each development project. The Federally-Aided Developments for Families of Low Income were established under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937, as amended and were constructed between 1938 and 1973. The State-Aided Developments for Veterans' Families or Low Income were established under Chapter 200 of the Acts of 1948, as amended and were constructed between 1949 and 1954. The Federally-Aided Developments for Elderly Persons of Low Income were constructed between 1962 and 1977. The State-Aided Developments for Elderly Persons of Low Income were established under Chapter 667, as amended and were constructed between 1962 and 1977. Series V consists of a small number of files on the federal defense housing that was set up during World War II. These include files on the Old Colony Housing development and one file on the Temporary Housing Developments that were set up at Alsen Village, Franklin Field, Camp McKay and other locations.

The Central Housing Project files include correspondence with the City, State and Federal Governments, reports, memorandum, policies, public relations files, tenant relation files, dedication files, photographs, etc. The photographs in the series include images from Ground Breaking and Dedication ceremonies, first families in the developments, and construction photographs. Photographs do not exist for every housing development. All photographs have been removed from the original files and photocopied. The original photographs make up Series VI. All the files have been left in the original folders. In some instances, folders did not contain any records. These folders have been left in place and noted as being empty in the folder list. Dates were included in the folder listing only when the dates were already listed on the file label. An alphabetical listing of housing developments with their corresponding project number has been included in this finding aid.

Dates

  • circa 1938-1982

Creator

Historical note

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) was established by order of the Boston City Council on October 1, 1935, pursuant to St. 1935, c. 449, s. 5 which empowered cities and towns of Massachusetts to establish housing authorities. Such a body is responsible for providing decent, safe and sanitary housing for families unable to afford housing without public subsidies and for clearing substandard, decadent or blighted open areas under the provisions of MGLA c. 121B. To carry out these responsibilities BHA develops and manages housing projects and leases housing when necessary. It also performed the functions of an urban redevelopment authority until such a body was established separately pursuant to St. 1957, c. 150.

The management and governance of the BHA has deviated from that of other housing authorities since 1975, when BHA was sued in Boston City Housing Court by a group of BHA tenants, represented by Greater Boston Legal Services, over poor conditions in housing projects under the authority's control. As a result of the ruling in favor of the tenants, a court-appointed master prepared a report listing recommendations that provided the basis for a consent decree signed in 1977 by BHA, Greater Boston Legal Services and the Boston Public Housing Tenants Policy Council. The decree detailed a series of improvements that BHA was to make over the course of three years. The master, responsible for monitoring BHA's compliance with the consent decree, gave approval for all major decisions made by the BHA board and administrator. In 1979, the judge ruled that BHA had failed satisfactorily to fulfill the terms of the consent decree and BHA was placed in receivership, with its board of commissioners and administrator replaced by a court-appointed receiver. Since 1990, when the receivership ended, BHA has been directed by an administrator whose activities are reviewed by a nine-member monitoring committee appointed by the mayor of Boston.

Source: Massachusetts State Archives catalog record

Extent

14.0 Cubic feet (13 record cartons, 4 photograph boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Boston Housing Authority records were transferred from the Massachusetts State Archives to the City of Boston Archives on January 26, 2010.

Amory Street, Jamaica Plain
ref621
Project No. 2-45
Annapolis, Dorchester
ref459
Project No. 2-27
Archdale Road, Roslindale
ref347
Project No. 200-7
Ashmont, Dorchester
ref470
Project No. 2-28
Ausonia Homes, North End
ref727
Project No. 2-61
Bickford Street, Jamaica Plain
ref437
Project No. 2-25
Bromley Park, Jamaica Plain
ref143
Project No. 2-19
Camden Street, Roxbury
ref292
Project No. 200-2
John Carroll Apts., Brighton
ref554
Project No. 2-37
Charlestown
ref2
Project No. 2-1
Codman Apts., Dorchester
ref669
Project No. 2-51
Margaret Collins, Jamaica Plain
ref447
Project No. 2-26
Columbia Point, Dorchester
ref177
Project No. 2-20
Commonwealth Ave., Brighton
ref304
Project No. 200-3
Davison, Hyde Park
ref517
Project No. 2-34
East Boston
ref88
Project No. 2-8
Evans Street, Mattapan
ref241
Project No. 2-55
Fairmount, Hyde Park
ref336
Project No. 200-5
Faneuil Street, Brighton
ref321
Project No. 200-4
William J. Foley Apts., South Boston
ref496
Project No. 2-30
Franklin Field, Dorchester
ref382
Project No. 200-11
Franklin Field, Dorchester
ref760
Project No. 667-1
Franklin Field, Dorchester
ref764
Project No. 667-2
Franklin Hill Ave., Dorchester
ref90
Project No. 2-9
Gallivan Blvd., Dorchester
ref368
Project No. 200-10
Groveland, Mattapan
ref508
Project No. 2-32
Edward D. Hassan Apts., Hyde Park
ref714
Project No. 2-62
Heath Street, Jamaica Plain
ref83
Project No. 2-7
Heritage Apts., East Boston
ref678
Project No. 2-52
Franklin W. Holgate Apts., Roxbury
ref481
Project No. 2-29
Lenox Street, Roxbury
ref33
Project No. 2-4
Lower Mills, Dorchester
ref703
Project No. 2-57
Mary Ellen McCormack, South Boston
ref218
Project No. 2-23
John J. Meade, Dorchester
ref562
Project No. 2-38
Mission Hill, Roxbury
ref9
Project No. 2-3
Mission Hill Extension
ref127
Project No. 2-14
New Communities, Roxbury
ref247
Project No. 2-56
New Communities, Roxbury
ref271
Project No. 2-59
Old Colony, South Boston
ref231
Project No. 2-24
Orchard Park, Roxbury
ref42
Project No. 2-5
Orient Heights, East Boston
ref358
Project No. 200-8
Peter Pasciucco Apts., Dorchester
ref695
Project No. 2-54
Rockland, West Roxbury
ref663
Project No. 2-50
St. Botolph Street, Back Bay
ref687
Project No. 2-53
South End
ref57
Project No. 2-6
South End Elderly, A-B-C, South End
ref605
Project No. 2-44
South Street, Jamaica Plain
ref398
Project No. 200-12
Spring Temple, West Roxbury
ref739
Project No. 2-70
Torre Unidad, South End
ref650
Project No. 2-49
Walnut Park, Roxbury
ref590
Project No. 2-42
Warren, Roxbury
ref569
Project No. 2-40
General Warren Apts. Charlestown
ref633
Project No. 2-47
Washington, Brighton
ref535
Project No. 2-35
Washington & Beech Sts., Ros
ref110
Project No. 2-13
Washington-Corey, Brighton
ref744
Project No. 2-71
West Broadway, South Boston
ref286
Project No. 200-1
West Newton Street, South End
ref263
Project No. 2-58
West 9th Street, South Boston
ref544
Project Np. 2-36
Eva Whiting White, South End
ref576
Project No. 2-41
Whittier Street, Roxbury
ref98
Project No. 2-11
Title
Guide to the Boston Housing Authority records: Central Housing Project files
Author
Kristen Swett
Date
May 3, 2010
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the City of Boston Archives Repository

Contact:
201 Rivermoor St.
West Roxbury MA 02132 United States
617-635-1195
617-635-1194 (Fax)