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Boston Almshouse records

 Collection
Identifier: 8501.101

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one folder of records that appear to be receipts for people being admitted to the almshouse, a register of admitted persons from 1808, and a tax record for a W. Tileston Clark from the year 1782. The folder also contains a note that these papers were found in the corner of the attic of the Suffolk Court House in January of 1885.

Dates

  • 1782, 1803-1814

Biographical / Historical

The first almshouse in Boston dates back to 1662. After the original building burnt down in 1682, the citizens of Boston voted to rebuild and, in 1722, the Boston Almshouse opened on Beacon Street. The institution was placed under the care of the Overseers of the Poor, until 1823, when the responsibilites of the Overseers of the Poor were revised and limited to "out-door relief" or relief provided outside of public institutions.

Extent

1 Folder

Language of Materials

English

  • Almshouses Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Title
Boston Almshouse records
Author
Kayla Skillin
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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)