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MS Am 817

Amicable Fire Society (Cambridge, Mass.). Amicable Fire Society (Cambridge, Mass.) records, 1810-1897: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: MS, b
Call No.: MS Am 817
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Amicable Fire Society (Cambridge, Mass.).
Title: Amicable Fire Society (Cambridge, Mass.) records,
Date(s): 1810-1897.
Quantity: 1 collection (7 volumes (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscript records of the Amicable Fire Society of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of the Amicable Fire Society; received: 1897 February 9. Formerly cataloged as: 10332.20.6 and US 13207.21.9.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Amicable Fire Society (Cambridge, Mass.) Records, 1810-1897 (MS Am 817). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

A fire fighting society founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in April of 1810 for the relief of those whose lives or property were endangered by fire. According to their bylaws, the society would have no more than 30 members, with regular meetings and dues, with elected officers of a chairman, clerk, treasurer, and 5 wardens, and each member would have 2 good leather buckets (marked with his name) and 1 bag and bed-key. When a fire alarm was sounded, each member would take his equipment and go to the fire site to help extinguish the fire. Loss of equipment at fires would be paid for by the society. Failure to attend meetings or pay fines and dues could result in loss of membership. The society was disbanded in January of 1897.


Arranged in volume order.

Scope and Contents

Includes manuscript records for the Society, including: minutes, membership lists, bylaws, financial accounts, and miscellaneous printed materials concerning the Society. Some records are duplicates of original materials.

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