Roxbury Charitable Society records

The records of the Roxbury Charitable Society (1794-1919) constitute 5.0 linear inches. The largest part of the collection is annual reports dating from 1865 to 1919. There are three speeches that were delivered at the 1794, 1796, and 1808 annual meetings. Also, there are two copies each of two pr...

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Corporate Authors: Roxbury Charitable Society, Simmons College (Boston, Mass.) Archives
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520 |a The records of the Roxbury Charitable Society (1794-1919) constitute 5.0 linear inches. The largest part of the collection is annual reports dating from 1865 to 1919. There are three speeches that were delivered at the 1794, 1796, and 1808 annual meetings. Also, there are two copies each of two printings of the RCS's constitution and other legislation. Finally, there is one copy of the book published in 1894 for the RCS centennial celebration 
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540 |a Requests for permission to publish should be addressed to the College Archivist 
541 |a Donald Morland  |c gift, 1988, 1989, Simmons College School of Social Work, transferred  |d 1991.  |e 1999.056 
545 |a The Roxbury Charitable Society (RCS), organized in January 1794 and incorporated in February 1799, was founded to "impart a due proportion of the goods, with which [God] hath blessed us, towards the relief of the truly unfortunate, indigent, and helpless of our fellow-citizens." The RCS was a Christian organization but does not seem to have been affiliated with a specific denomination or church. RCS aid to individuals and families included groceries, fuel, and housekeeping and childcare instruction.The RCS was initially funded by membership fees and private donations, three quarters of which were invested and one quarter of which was distributed to the needy. In 1850, the Norfolk Bank, which then held the Society's funds, folded. Financially crippled, the RCS was almost dormant until it received the bequest of Horatio Davis in 1863. (Davis had added the RCS to his will when he had removed from it a relative who supported the Confederacy.) In 1869, the Roxbury Dispensary voted to merge into the RCS. Sometime between 1914 and 1924, the Boston Provident Association (BPA) became the agent of the RCS. Beginning in 1946, the RCS was no longer listed as a separate social service, though the BPA was still noted as its agent and was still "doubly interested in Roxbury residents." 
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