The Boston Co-Operative Building Company records

The collection consists of a published act of incorporation with bylaws from 1871, and a series of annual reports. The majority of the collection consists of annual reports which encompass the years 1881-1940, missing only 1882, 1884-1886, 1917 and 1921.

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Corporate Author: Boston Co-operative Building Co
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Language:English
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520 |a The collection consists of a published act of incorporation with bylaws from 1871, and a series of annual reports. The majority of the collection consists of annual reports which encompass the years 1881-1940, missing only 1882, 1884-1886, 1917 and 1921. 
524 |a The Boston Co-Operative Building Company records, CC 22, Simmons College Archives, Boston, Mass. 
540 |a Resquests for permission to publish should be addressed to the College Archivist. 
544 |a Additional material: Baker Library, Harvard Business School. 
545 |a On May 24, 1871, William Gray, Abby May, Henry B. Rogers, and Anna Cabot Lodge, and their associates, were officially incorporated as the Boston Co-operative Building Company. This act of incorporation, voted on by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, enabled this organization to "hold and improve real estate in said city (Boston), as homes for working people, at moderate cost ..." Included in the original by-laws, and maintained by the Boston Co-operative Building Company until 1917, was the provision that one half of the officers of co-operation had to be women. The Boston Co-operative Building Company modeled its housing on the work of Sir Sidney Waterlow and Octavia Hill. Octavia Hill was a London social activist who pioneered the effort to " ... make not only the houses of the poor better, but by friendly contact to better the lives of their inmates." The agents who worked for the Company functioned as social workers as well as rent collectors. The needs of the tenants were as important as the condition of their housing. It was a policy of the Company to go to the rooms of their tenants to collect their rent in order to maintain close ties. In 1880, the Boston Co-operative Building Company owned property on East Canton Street, Webster Avenue, and in Dorchester. In 1910, with their highest census count of tenants, the Company owned property at "Clark Street, Thacher and Endicott in the North End, East Canton and Harrison Ave both in the South End, and Massachusetts Ave in Roxbury." The last documentation of the Company in A Directory of Social Agencies Boston and Metropolitan Area appears in 1940. After 1942, the Boston Cooperative Building Company fails to appear in any city directories. 
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