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William E. Wight Business Papers, 1906-1910

 Collection — Container: MS 7106
Call Number: MS 7106

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of approximately 190 items related to the development and financing by William E. Wight of triple-decker houses in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The collection provides insight into the costs of building materials and home furnishings in the first decade of the twentieth century, as well as a look into various contracting companies which did business in Boston. Included are business invoices, receipts of payment, and building permits.


  • Majority of material found in 1906-1910
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/00/2012

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

William E. Wight, 1875-1967, was a banker and home builder in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Wight served as president and a founder of the Meeting House Hill Cooperative Bank. Wight is associated with building over 1,400 homes in Dorchester and along the South Shore.


OBITUARIES: William E. Wight, 92, Banker, Home Builder Boston Globe (1960-1981); May 27, 1967; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Boston Globe (1872-1981) pg. 21


190.00 Items

Language of Materials



Arranged alphabetically.

Source of Acquisition

James Day

Method of Acquisition


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William E. Wight Business Papers, 1906-1910
Vincent R. Capone, February 2013
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