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Mss:768 1811-1891 B

Boston Water Power Company. Boston Water Power Company Records, 1811-1891: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:768 1811-1891 B
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Boston Water Power Company records
Date(s): 1811-1891
Quantity: 28.25 linear feet (12 cartons, 81 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Incomplete records concerning the development and sale of lands in the Back Bay area of Boston, Mass. Included are stock records, journals, ledgers, cash books, unbound letters, bills, checks, and receipts. Nathan Matthews, Dwight Foster, N. C. Munson, and J. P. Farley were active in the business. Evidences of connection with the Boston and Roxbury Mill Corporation, the City Mills, Mill Dam Foundry, and numerous railroads are recorded.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gifts, John H. Storer and Arthur Lyman, June 1927; Charles H. Taylor, March and June, 1934.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 2018 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edufor more information.

Preferred Citation:

Boston Water Power Company Records. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Biographical / Historical

The Boston Water Power Company was incorporated in 1832, and along with the Boston & Roxbury Mill Corporation, owned the marshes and flats on the western side of Boston.

Scope and Contents

This collection provides a partial record of one period in the growth of Boston to the westward by the filling in of the marshes and flats of which the whole westerly growth of Boston towards Roxbury and Brookline has taken place. The accounts show many entries of payments for filling and financial transactions with the different contractors undertaking that work. Included are stock records, journals, ledgers, cash books, unbound letters, bills, checks, and receipts. Nathan Matthews, Dwight Foster, N. C. Munson, and J. P. Farley were active in the business. Evidences of connection with the Boston and Roxbury Mill Corporation, the City Mills, Mill Dam Foundry, and numerous railroads are recorded.

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