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Mayor James M. Curley collection

 Collection
Identifier: 0237.001

Scope and Contents

The Mayor James M. Curley collection includes materials created by and created about James Michael Curley during his long political career. The collection includes materials pertaining to periods during his time as Mayor of Boston as well as during his tenure as Governor of Massachusetts and as member of the United States House of Representatives. The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks, speeches, audiovisual materials, writings, and various forms of memorabilia. Included with the memorabilia is a top hat once owned by Mayor Curley, funeral books created after the deaths of his wife and children, mayoral campaign material, and photographs. It is unclear who compiled the collection as it contains materials produced after Mayor Curley's death in 1958.

Dates

  • 1912-1977, undated

Creator

Biographical note

James Michael Curley was the 37th Mayor of Boston and served four terms: 1914-1917, 1922-1925, 1930-1933 and 1946-1949. He was born in Boston on November 20, 1874 and attended Boston Public Schools. He entered politics when he was elected as a member of the Common Council for the 1900-1901 term. He married Mary E. Herlihy on June 27, 1906. After his first wife died, he married Gertrude Casey Dennis in 1937. James Michael Curley died on November 12, 1958.

Political Timeline of James Michael Curley

1900-1901
Member, Boston Common Council
1902-1903
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1904-1909
Boston Board of Alderman
1910-1911
Member, Boston City Council
1911-1919
Member, Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses, Twelfth Massachusetts District
1914-1917
Mayor of Boston
1922-1925
Mayor of Boston
1930-1933
Mayor of Boston
1935-1936
Governor of Massachusetts
1943-1945
Member, Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses, Eleventh Massachusetts District
1945-1949
Mayor of Boston
Source: "Boston's 45 Mayors from John Phillips to Kevin H. White", City Record Office, 1979.

Extent

10 Cubic feet (6 document cases, 4 record cartons, 1 oversize record carton, 1 flat box, 1 film reel case)

Language of Materials

English

Title
Guide to the Mayor James M. Curley collection
Status
Completed
Author
Kayla Skillin
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)