COLLECTION GUIDES

1820-1950

Offsite Storage Inventory

Restrictions on Access

The Fifty Associates records are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Note: This collection is PARTIALLY PROCESSED.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the records of the real estate liquidating trust Fifty Associates in Boston, Mass., 1823-1916. Fifty Associates was established in 1823 as a charitable trust and early records relate to David Sears and his charitable donations. Includes directors' and proprietors' minutes; financial records including ledgers, journals, and dividend accounts, 1823-90; and stock certificates, 1823-27. Collection also includes directors' and proprietors' minutes and stock certificates of the Museum Hall (predecessor of Fifty Associates), 1820-23.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Fifty Associates, June 2002.

Restrictions on Access

The Fifty Associates records are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Note: This collection is PARTIALLY PROCESSED.

Summary Description of the Collection

I. Fifty Associates records, 1823-1950

A. Directors and proprietors minutes, 1823-1950

Carton 1SH 13C4 M
Directors' minutes, 1823-1950
Carton 1SH 13C4 M
Proprietors' minutes, 1823-1914

B. Financial records, 1823-1916

Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Dividend record book, 1823-1843
Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Donation fund, 1824-1873
Carton 2SH 13C6 O
Journal, 1823-1831
Carton 2SH 13C6 O
Journal, 1831-1840
Carton 2SH 13C6 O
Journal, 1940-1850
Carton 2SH 13C6 O
Ledger, 1823-1840
Carton 2SH 13C6 O
Ledger, 1840-1850
Oversize CartonSH 15FW C
Ledger, 1851-1890
Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Summary financial, 1823-1884
Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Summary financial, 1823-1916

C. Stock records, 1823-1827

Stock certificates.

Carton 3SH 13C7 P

D. Published material, 1823-1875

Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Acts of incorporation, 1824
Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Bylaws, 1853
Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Charitable endowments of David Sears, ca. 1853
Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Report on the David Sears Charity, 1875
Carton 3SH 13C7 P
Report to Supreme Judicial Court, ca. 1870

II. Museum Hall records, 1820-1823

Carton 1SH 13C4 M
Directors' minutes, 1820-1823
Carton 1SH 13C4 M
Proprietors' minutes, 1820-1823
Oversize CartonSH 15FW C
Stock certificate book, 1820-1823

Preferred Citation

Fifty Associates records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Sears, David, 1787-1871.

Organizations:

Museum Hall (Boston, Mass.).

Subjects:

Account books--1823-1890.
Charities--Massachusetts--Boston.
Real estate investment.
Trust companies--Massachusetts--Boston.