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Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars Records

 Collection — Container: MS 2868
Call Number: MS 2868

Scope and Contents

The Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars collection documents the functions and interactions the Society had with its members and other organizations. The correspondence reflects committee and officer appointments, genealogy requests, monument construction notes, events such as dinners and Colonial Wars Day, and donations to the Library of Congress and other historical societies. Also included are letters referring to administrative and day to day functions that kept the association organized, such as dues and membership status. The related materials are largely composed of documents from other Colonial Wars Societies, among them Texas, Vermont, and New York. The Massachusetts branch kept notes on officers and members of the societies in other parts of the country and their collaboration in the construction of monuments and special events. The Treasury file contains financial reports and rules on dues and prices for insignias and other regalia. Records include membership lists, invitations, and programs.


  • 1893-1911
  • Majority of material found in 1904-1910


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical


1892 - Society of Colonial Wars is founded.

1893 - Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars is chartered.

1906-1909 - Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars donates publications to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Massachusetts Historical Society, Bostonian Society, and Library of Congress.

1907 - Great Swamp Fight of 1675 Memorial is unveiled in Rhode Island with the help of the Massachusetts Society.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Arranged into two sections:


Related Materials

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from the Research Library in March 1995 after coming to the Boston Public Library from the Boston City Archives.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Emmalia Harrington, April 2009

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

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