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MS Am 2730

Boston Union of Associationists. Boston Union of Associationists records, 1846-1850: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b, MS
Call No.: MS Am 2730
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Boston Union of Associationists.
Title: Boston Union of Associationists records,
Date(s): 1846-1850.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box, 1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Records of the social reform group, the Boston Union of Associationists.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Purchase with funds from the Friends of the Library; received: 1933 May 17. Recataloged from Soc 859.209*.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Boston Union of Associationists Records, 1846-1850 (MS Am 2730). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The Boston Union of Associationists, an affiliate of the American Union of Associationists (founded May 1846), was devoted to the propagation of Fourierism, a philosophy developed by François Marie Charles Fourier (1772–1837), a French utopian socialist and philosopher. This Boston Union was organized on 30 November 1846 and operated steadily until 1851. The Union divided itself into groups, notably the Group of Practical Affairs, Group of Indoctrination, and Group of Social Culture. Some members of this organization were also participants in their sister society, the Boston Religious Union of Associationists, as well as the Brook Farm Community, which was a transcendentalist Utopian experiment in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.


For detailed information on this society, see: Sterling F. Delano. The Boston Union of Associationists (1846-1851): 'Association is to me the great hope of the world.' Studies in the American Renaissance. 1996, pp.5-40.


Arranged alphabetically by author, then by title.

Scope and Contents

Includes: lists of members; manuscript minutes of meetings, financial account books, bylaws, and constitutions; printed invitations; and printed tickets to events. Also contains items concerning the sub-groups of the Union, including the Group of Guaranties, Group of Practical Affairs, and Group of Study & Indoctrination.

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