Winchester Home for Aged Women (Charlestown, Mass.). Records of the Winchester Home
for Aged Women, 1866-1932: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 295
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Winchester Home for Aged Women (Charlestown, Mass.)
Title: Records of the Winchester Home for Aged Women, 1866-1932
Quantity: 1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file boxes) plus 4 oversize volumes, 1 folio+ item)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Annual reports, minutes, applications, admission certificates, etc., of Winchester
Home for Aged Women (Charlestown, Mass.)
Accession numbers: 78-M126 79-M280
The records of the Winchester Home for Aged Women were given to the Schlesinger Library
in August 1978 and December 1979 as part of the records of the Home for Aged Women
Processed: February 1980
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Winchester Home for Aged Women as well
as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the
authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Winchester Home for Aged Women Records, 1866-1932; item description, dates. MC 295,
folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
The Winchester Home for Aged and Indigent Women was established in Charlestown, Massachusetts
in 1865 through a bequest of Mrs. Lucy Winchester "to establish in her native city
a Home for Aged and Indigent Females similar to the one established in Boston." Many
of the women who entered the Winchester Home for Aged Women or similar homes throughout
the state could no longer lead useful lives. They were considered to belong to a class
of women who were dependent but for whom the almshouse would have been an inappropriate
The Home's first residence was the mansion of the late James K. Frothington at 12
Eden Street, Charlestown. Donations of funds and useful items were acquired and on
July 3, 1866 the Board of Managers voted to admit six applicants. Public opening ceremonies
were held on October 3, 1866. By the end of the 1860s the Home needed more room; the
Board bought adjoining property and accepted donations for the new building. In 1873
the new Home at 10 Eden Street was dedicated. For a history of the Winchester Home
for Aged Women, see the opening addresses of October 3, 1866 and May 1, 1873, both
by Oliver C. Everett; they are in lv. of the collection. The work of the Home continued
until the early 1930s, when the trustee for the Winchester Home for Aged Women's trust
fund was charged with the theft of $120,000. In 1932 the remainder of the Home's assets
was transferred to the Boston Home for Aged Women, which took over the care of the
residents, moving them to its residence in Jamaica Plain. The Home in Charlestown
The records of the Winchester Home for Aged Women consist of annual reports, minutes
of Board of Managers' meetings, applications and other records of residents, and financial
The annual reports were issued by the Board of Managers. Each included a report from
the Board; names, ages, year of entry, and date of death of the residents; a financial
statement; and lists of standing and visiting committees, life members, and donors.
The 1867-1876 reports are bound in one volume and there are unbound reports for 1924-1926,
1929, 1930; reports for 1877 to 1923 have evidently not survived.
Minutes of Board of Managers' meetings cover the period from October 1865 through
March 1932 and include copies of the constitution and by-laws, memorials, various
lists, and reports on special votes.
Records of the residents have been arranged alphabetically and include applications,
admission certificates, doctors' reports, and other papers. Not all residents are
included and many individual files are incomplete. Number 23 contains miscellaneous
certificates of admission, for women other than those in the alphabetical file (#6-22).
These certificates are too fragile to be interfiled with the other records.
Financial records available here were created during the period 1885-1932, though
no record type is present for the entire period. Types of financial records in the
collection are treasurers' reports, 1897-1907; ledgers (arranged by name of account),
1906-1931; cash books (accounts received or paid), 1907-1932; bequests, real estate,
and securities, 1885-1918.
- Box 1: 1v-5v
- Box 2: 6-25v
- Box 3: 26v-33vo
- Box 4: 34v-39
- 1v. Annual reports, January 1867 - January 1876 (#1-10). Includes opening and dedication
address (October 3, 1866) and opening address for new home (May 1, 1873), both by
Oliver C. Everett.
- 2. Annual reports, 1924-1926, 1929, 1930 (#58-60, 63, 64); by-laws of the Corporation,
- 3v. Minutes of Board of Managers' meetings, October 27, 1865 - November 18, 1892. Includes
constitution and by-laws.
- 4v. Minutes of Board of Managers' meetings, January 19, 1893 - October 15, 1914. Includes
by-laws (1889), memorials of various persons.
- 5v. Minutes of Board of Managers' meetings, January 14, 1915 - March 8, 1932. Includes
various lists, memorials, special votes.
- 6. Applications of residents. A - Annie M. Adams, Sarah J. Andrews, Martha Annie Anthony,
Mary E. Ayers
- 7. Applications of residents. B - Clara Barrows, Amanda E. Barton, Mary Baxter, Alice
Bennett, Mary A. Bishop, Eunice W. Blodgett, Lydia C. Boles, Maria Jane Brown, Maude
A. Brundage, Louise C. Burbank, Anna A. Butler, Mary A. Butler
- 8. Applications of residents. C - Elizabeth Ireland Cairns, Frances Haskell Carter, Marion
Adeline Childs, Fannie S. Cobb, Augusta A. Coffin, Ellen A. Collier, Sarah C. Conant,
Annie M. Cook
- 9. Applications of residents. D - Emma Elizabeth Dapisin, Mary Ida DeLuce, Martha Ann
Dempster, Julia F. Dodge, Mary Douglass, Cynthia Bishop Doyle, Mary Louise Dunn
- 10. Applications of residents. E - Lucy E. Easterbrook, Albertina Eldredge
- 11. Applications of residents. F - Clarissa R. French, Eliza J. French, Sarah Jane Fullerton
- 12. Applications of residents. G - Aurilla M. George, Ida Augusta Gibbs, Rebecca A. Goodspeed,
Maria Shepard Grace, Helen Green, Violet Green, Mary Grimes
- 13. Applications of residents. H - Mary Eliza Hadley, Sarah F. Hall, Emma Harris, Harriet
Maria Haynes, Mary C. Hill, Ellen Hilliard
- 14. Applications of residents. J-K - Alice L. Jenkins, Sarah Maria Johnson, Margaret Anna
Jordan, Alice P. King
- 15. Applications of residents. L - Georgia Lane, Alice M. Larkin, Josephine M. Leighton,
Augusta Anne Littlefield
- 16. Applications of residents. M - Emma MacGaw, Jennie Magrath, Emma Mohrow, Lydia Rebecca
Mooney, Elizabeth Abbie Moors
- 17. Applications of residents. N - Mary Elizabeth Nason, Mary Louise Newell, Ella F. Newhall,
Isabella Hiltz Newhall, Dicey Anne Nowell
- 18. Applications of residents. P - Addie E. Payne, Harriet M. Payson, Ella A. Perkins,
Helen S. Perkins, Margaret Perkins, Abbie J. Pierce, Ann Elizabeth Pigott, Lydia A.
- 19. Applications of residents. R - Abigail Ramsey, Julia A. Rich, Lydia C. Rich
- 20. Applications of residents. S - Martha J. Sanders, Lydia Ellen Small, Abbie Frances
Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Story, Elinor Elizabeth Swicker
- 21. Applications of residents. T - Elizabeth W. Talbott, Elizabeth Taylor, Olive A. Thurston,
Jennie Tibbetts, Helena Trumbull, Zelia Laurette Turner, Annie J. Twinning
- 22. Applications of residents. W - Margaret Watson, Eliza B. Wemys, Elvira P. Wood, Martha
A. Woodbury, Sarah J. Worcester
- 23. Applications of residents. A-W - Certificates of admission only, ms. notations on
the reverse. Very fragile.
See also folio+ folder for list of residents, January 1, 1932.
- 24v. Financial records. Treasurers' report, January 1897-December 1901
- 25v. Financial records. Treasurers' report, January 1902-May 1907
- 26v. Financial records. Ledger (by account), 1906-1916
- 27v. Financial records. Ledger (by account), 1917-1931
- 28v. Financial records. Cash book (paid and received), June 1907-December 1916
- 29. Loose items from 28v.
- 30vo. Financial records. Cash book (received), January 1917-December 1924
- 31vo. Financial records. Cash book (paid), January 1917-December 1924
- 32vo. Financial records. Cash book (received), January 1925-July 1932
- 33vo. Financial records. Cash book (paid), January 1925-July 1932
- 34v. Financial records. Journal (closing out of funds and assets, transferred to Boston
Home for Aged Women), November 1930-December 1931
- 35v. Financial records. Bequests to Winchester Home for Aged Women, November 1885-February
- 36. Financial records. Bequests, 1909-1918 (loose items from 35v)
- 37v. Financial records. Real estate and securities, 1907-1912
- 38. Financial records. Mortgages (loose items from 37v)
- 39. Newspaper clippings, 1930, re: Winchester Home and defalcation of funds.
Charlestown (Boston, Mass.)--Social conditions
Old age assistance
Old age homes
Older people--Health and hygiene