COLLECTION GUIDES

1843-1982

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The bulk of the Lend a Hand Society 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.

Certain case material relating directly to charitable activities of the Lend a Hand Society is CLOSED to researchers at this time. This material includes Loyal Helper Scholarship Fund records, Special Grants, Camp Grants, records of the Frances Hathaway Kimball Fund for Tired Mothers, Vacation and Convalescent Care records, and records of Outings that postdate 1920. The use of other material pertaining to requests for aid in 1963-1964 is restricted to photocopies. See the Librarian regarding any questions about the use of these materials.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the records of the Lend a Hand Society, a private Boston charitable organization founded by Unitarian minister Edward Everett Hale in 1891. The records include administrative and financial records, historical material, correspondence, records of charitable activities, and scrapbooks. Documents on the society's charitable activities include those of the Book Mission, the Boston Floating Hospital, World War I relief abroad, Outings for Old Men, and other short-term projects.

Historical Sketch

The Lend a Hand Society, a private charity in Boston, grew out of the response to a short story called Ten Times One Is Ten, written in 1870 by Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909). The story tells of ten people who meet at the funeral of a mutual friend named Harry Wadsworth and discover that he had helped each one of them. They resolve to follow the example of their late friend and to help their fellow man. If each person they aided would in turn lend someone else a hand (10 x 1 = 10, 10 x 10 = 100, etc), the spirit of helpfulness could circle the globe.

Hale, born in Boston, became a Unitarian minister following his graduation from Harvard in 1839. His first church was in Worcester, Massachusetts, where his closest friend was Frederic William Greenleaf (1820-1850). It was Greenleaf who inspired the character of "Harry Wadsworth" in Ten Times One Is Ten. Edward Everett Hale became the minister of the South Congregational Church in Boston in 1856, a position he held until the end of his life.

Believing that his calling as a minister compelled him to work outside the church as well as in the pulpit, Hale became involved in the social issues of the day. Active in the movement to bring Kansas into the Union as a free state, one of his first published books was Kanzas and Nebraska (1854) [sic]. He was also active in charitable and reform efforts closer to home, including the temperance movement, the Industrial Aid Society and the formation of the Associated Charities. His best known work as an author, The Man Without A Country, appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in December 1863.

Hale did not intend to start a movement when he wrote Ten Times One Is Ten. He simply needed a story to put in Old and New, the magazine he edited, and wrote the story of "Harry Wadsworth" that he had been mulling over for years. Following the publication of the story, groups sprang up to follow its example, setting as their ideal (and taking their name from) this verse of Hale's:

Look up and not down
Look forward and not back
Look out and not in
Lend a hand

At first Hale's publishing office served as the Lend a Hand Society headquarters, becoming a clearinghouse for letters from individuals responding to Edward Everett Hale's writings. By 1891 the volume of correspondence and publishing work had grown so large that the Ten Times One Corporation was formed in that year to function as a central headquarters for the individual clubs. The name was changed to the Lend a Hand Society in 1898. Hale became the first president, serving until his death in 1909. Although Hale was a Unitarian minister the Lend a Hand Society was nonsectarian. In addition to "Ten Times One Clubs," other names chosen by clubs included "Harry Wadsworth Clubs," "Look-Up Legions," and "King's Daughters." This last group, formed in New York City in 1886, was more evangelical in nature than the others and did not align itself with the less strictly religious groups that formed the majority of clubs. Hale was very active in promoting and encouraging the establishment of clubs.

As described by the Rev. Christopher Eliot, Hale's successor as the president of Lend a Hand, "The purpose was to hold the clubs together, at the same time leaving them absolutely independent, and to encourage the formation of new clubs: also to undertake such Lend a Hand work as might be possible from a central office by cooperation..."

The work undertaken by Lend a Hand varied in scope from operating the Noon-Day Rest, a lunchroom for working women that existed in Boston from 1893-1899, to what later became the most sizeable segment of the Lend a Hand Society's work, sending books to schools and libraries in the rural South. A few aspects of the Lend a Hand Society's work are described below.

Sarah Brigham founded the Book Mission in 1890 and it shortly thereafter became allied with the Lend a Hand Society. After Miss Brigham's death in 1911 her niece, Anna E. Wood, took over the work. From its founding until 1914 the Book Mission was closely connected with the Lend a Hand Society but was not administered through the central office. After that date it was a fully integrated department of the Lend a Hand Society, and rapidly became the largest single part of the Lend a Hand Society's work.

Both Miss Brigham and Miss Wood traveled South to learn firsthand about the communities that requested aid. Their IRS successors continued this practice, including Annie F. Brown who made the trip in 1915, 1917, 1921, 1924 and 1928. Mary Coburn traveled to the South in 1935 and 1941, and Helen Merritt in 1951.

New and used books were sent to schools (usually small and rural), libraries, YMCA's, prisons, and to an occasional individual. Both black and white institutions were aided and books were occasionally sent outside the South. Later on in the Book Mission's existence, money to purchase books was sent, rather than the books themselves. Institutions were often helped on a continuing basis.

The Boston Floating Hospital was founded by the Rev. Rufus Tobey in 1894 to relieve the suffering of sick children in the hot city by providing them with fresh sea air and to treat the summer diseases of children. Tobey was aided in this work by Edward Everett Hale, and the Floating Hospital was a department of the Lend a Hand Society from 1896-1901. After that time it became a separate entity.

Beginning at the turn of the century and continuing for many years, the Lend a Hand Society contributed to the medical missionary work of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell and the Grenfell Association in Labrador and Newfoundland.

Most of the work done by the Lend a Hand Society was on a much smaller scale, though. The Lend a Hand Society worked predominately through other relief agencies, providing aid to meet a need that might otherwise be unmet. Wheelchairs and hospital equipment were loaned to those in need, layettes were given (through the local clubs as well as Boston City Hospital, among other agencies) to new mothers, and "gentlewomen" were enabled to earn some money by sewing garments to be distributed primarily by hospitals and the Red Cross. Vacations and convalescent care were provided for men, women and children who needed to get away from their daily cares. In the 1970s and early 1980s this goal continued to be met by sending children to summer camp. Beginning in the 1930s and continuing into the 1970s, small loans were made to college and graduate students to assist them in completing their education.

Publications associated with Hale or the Lend a Hand Society were Old And New (1870-1875), Ten Times One Is Ten Circulars (1882-1875), Lend a Hand A Record Of Progress (1886-1897), The Look-Out (1888-1891), The Ten Times One Record (1893-1898), Lend a Hand Record (begun 1898), and Lend a Hand Leaflet (begun 1910). Note that some Lend a Hand publications in fact pre-date the official date of incorporation.

The Lend a Hand Society is still in existence today.

Collection Description

The records of the Lend a Hand Society are made up of 12 cartons and two oversize cartons stored offsite.

Included in the collection are materials that predate the establishment of the Lend a Hand Society, specifically correspondence between Edward Everett Hale and Frederic William Greenleaf, covering the years 1847-1850. In their letters, written when Frederick William Greenleaf lived in Georgia, Hale and Greenleaf comment on the issues of the day, such as slavery, as well as on personal matters.

The Edward Everett Hale correspondence on non-Lend a Hand Society topics reflects the charitable and reform efforts taking place in Boston in the second half of the nineteenth century. Among the correspondents are Amos A. Lawrence, on the need to differentiate between the deserving and the undeserving poor, Edward Everett Hale's uncle Edward Everett, writing about Irish emigration, Samuel Gridley Howe, about a farm for orphans in Hartford, Conn., and 14 letters to Edward Everett Hale from Annie Adams Fields, one concerning the Industrial Aid Society and the rest about Associated Charities. Organizations represented include the American Social Science Association, the Society for the Prevention of Pauperism, and Hale House. Also included here is Edward Everett Hale correspondence with his publishers, cutslip autographs of Edward Everett Hale and Sarah Orne Jewett, an undated Christmas card signed by Paderewski, and an 1869 letter by Charles Sumner. "The Welcome & Correspondence Club," a group of young people of the South Congregational Church begun by Hale in 1875, is also represented here by correspondence, minutes, and "general orders."

The papers directly related to the Lend a Hand Society also contain correspondence of Edward Everett Hale. His letterbooks include not only Lend a Hand Society-related letters written by him but also letters written to him by people who were inspired by Ten Times One Is Ten to start clubs.

Lend a Hand Society records include correspondence and other material related to many different aspects of its work, some ongoing, some only lasting a short time. Among the latter are the Farmers Fruit Offering, 1896; the care of Boer prisoners of war in Bermuda, 1901-1902; and a house in Cambridge for the use of Cuban teachers studying at Harvard in the summer of 1900. One of the longer-lasting Lend a Hand Society activities documented in the collection are the loans of wheelchairs and other medical equipment to individuals in need. Records of such loans begin in 1943 and continue through the early 1960's. Records of the Book Mission range from 1912-1976, but the bulk of the material covers the years 1925-1955.

Administrative records include correspondence with individual clubs, minutes of annual meetings and monthly board of directors meetings, and typescript drafts of annual reports.

Financial records include fundraising appeals, ledgers, journals, cash books and records of office expenses.

The largest fundraising effort by the Lend a Hand Society was the Hale Endowment Fund. Begun in 1897 in honor of Edward Everett Hale's 75th birthday, a second fundraising drive was begun ten years later with the goal of raising $50,000. Records of the Fund include correspondence from those solicited to lend their names to the effort as well as lists and receipts of those who contributed. Notable correspondents include Henry Cabot Lodge, Grover Cleveland, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Lawrence, Helen Keller, Julia Ward Howe and Curtis Guild, Jr. There is some correspondence with the office of Andrew Carnegie, but not with Carnegie himself, about the industrialist's contributions to the Fund.

Acquisition Information

The Lend a Hand Society records were given to the MHS by the Society in 1990.

Restrictions on Access

The bulk of the Lend a Hand Society 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.

Certain case material relating directly to charitable activities of the Lend a Hand Society is CLOSED to researchers at this time. This material includes Loyal Helper Scholarship Fund records, Special Grants, Camp Grants, records of the Frances Hathaway Kimball Fund for Tired Mothers, Vacation and Convalescent Care records, and records of Outings that postdate 1920. The use of other material pertaining to requests for aid in 1963-1964 is restricted to photocopies. See the Librarian regarding any questions about the use of these materials.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Historical and non-Lend a Hand materials, 1843-1913

This series is primarily made up of the personal papers of Edward Everett Hale, but also contains correspondence by or about Frederic William Greenleaf and Edward Hale Greenleaf not related to Hale.

A. Edward Everett Hale-F.W. Greenleaf correspondence, 1847-1850; related Greenleaf correspondence, 1843-1850, 1872-1906

Arranged chronologically.

These materials consist of correspondence between Edward Everett Hale and his good friend Frederic William Greenleaf as well as a small amount of Frederic William Greenleaf correspondence, mostly with relatives. There are also a small number of letters written to or by F.W. Greenleaf's son Edward Hale Greenleaf, including correspondence with Edward Everett Hale.

Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Frederic William Greenleaf miscellaneous writings, 1843
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Frederic William Greenleaf-Otis family, 1845-1847
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Frederic William Greenleaf-Noyes family, 1848-1850
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Mary Noyes-Edward H. Greenleaf correspondence, 1884
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Frederic William Greenleaf-Edward Everett Hale, 1847
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Frederic William Greenleaf-Edward Everett Hale, 1848
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Edward Everett Hale-Frederic William Greenleaf, 1848
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Frederic William Greenleaf-Edward Everett Hale, 1849
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Edward Everett Hale-Frederic William Greenleaf, 1849
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Frederic William Greenleaf-Edward Everett Hale, 1850
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Edward Everett Hale-Frederic William Greenleaf, 1850
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Letters of condolence to Caroline Greenleaf, 1850
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Edward Everett Hale-E.H. Greenleaf, 1872-1897
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Correspondence re: Edward Everett Hale's sons, 1895, 1905-1906

B. Edward Everett Hale philanthropic correspondence, 1850-1913

Arranged alphabetically by organization or movement.

This correspondence deals with Edward Everett Hale's philanthropic concerns predating or separate from Lend a Hand, arranged alphabetically by organization or movement.

Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Edward Everett Hale miscellaneous philanthropic correspondence, 1850-1905
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
American Social Science Association, 1867-1879
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Associated Charities, 1874, May 1883
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Boston Provident Association, 1857-1858
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Charities of Boston, 1857
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Hale House, 1888-1913
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Hartford Orphan School, 1860-1861
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Industrial Aid Society, 1866-1894
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Irish Emigration, 1851-1852, 1856
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Lowell Island/Children's Island, 1886-1892
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Pine Bluff, North Carolina, 1886-1901
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Mt. Coffee Association (Liberia), 1903-1906
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Society for the Prevention of Pauperism, 1858-1864
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Temperance, 1873-1894
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Tolstoi Club, 1886-1893
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Willard Hospital, 1902-1904
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Correspondence with publishers, printed list of published books, 1871, 1894-1895
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Misc. newspaper clippings of sermons, 1873-1876
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1872, 1896-1908
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Misc. autographs, Sumner letter, 1869

C. Edward Everett Hale South Congregational Church-related work; miscellaneous Edward Everett Hale scrapbooks, 1875-1913

Arranged by subject.

Contains records of the Welcome & Correspondence Club, a young people's group begun by Hale at the South Congregational Church in 1875, a scrapbook of clippings of Edward Everett Hale's writings for The Christian Register, as well as entire pages of that publication, and a scrapbook of clippings related to the dedication of the Edward Everett Hale statue in the Boston Public Garden.

See also photograph #50 (in the Lend a Hand Society photographs) for a description of a Hale photograph scrapbook.

Welcome & Correspondence Club

Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Record book (minutes, etc.), 1875-1886
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
General orders, 1883-1893, 1895
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Minutes, 1886-1890
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Scrapbook, clippings of writings of Edward Everett Hale, 1894-1904
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Scrapbook, dedication of Hale statue, 1913

II. Lend a Hand Society records, 1870-1982

A. Charitable activities, 1870-1982

Arranged by type of activity.

Note: Cartons 11-12 are closed to researchers. See Curator of Manuscripts for access.

Records of the charitable work carried on by the Lend a Hand Society from its beginnings include subject files arranged alphabetically by charitable activity, correspondence, applications, records of money and materials donated, account books (including results of newspaper solicitations), and scrapbooks. Among the long-term efforts documented by loose and bound records are the Book Mission, Loyal Helper Scholarship Loans, Camp Grants, Outings, and the Frances Hathaway Kimball Fund for Tired Mothers. Other special charitable endeavors include wheelchair loans, the Floating Hospital, Boer prisoners in Bermuda, and World War I relief.

Scrapbooks related to Cuban teachers and World War I relief have been moved to Series III. Oversize materials.

Subject files

Arranged alphabetically

Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Boer prisoners in Bermuda, 1901, 1902, 1904
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Clothing donations, 1913
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Farmer's fruit offerings, 1896-1900
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Floating hospital, 1894-1901, 1928, 1932
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Freeman sisters, 1911-1913
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Grenfell Association, 1924-1939
Carton 1SH 13FJ /
Loans, 1914-1925
Carton 2SH 13FI $
Medical equipment records, 1938-1958
Carton 2SH 13FI $
Noon-Day Rest, n.d.
Carton 2SH 13FI $
Wheelchair loans, 1943-1961
Carton 2SH 13FI $
World War I relief, 1914
Carton 2SH 13FI $
Miscellaneous printed material, [1891?]-1978

Book Mission records

Carton 2SH 13FI $
Correspondence, 1912-1976
Carton 2SH 13FI $
Appeals to church schools for donations to Book Mission, 1937-1940
Carton 2SH 13FI $
Book Mission trips, 1935, 1941, 1951
Carton 2SH 13FI $
Records of the number of books sent South by the Book Mission, 1914-1941
Carton 2SH 13FI $
Miscellaneous reports and printed material about the Book Mission, 1926-1942, 1962-1968
Carton 11SH 13F9 U
Loyal Helper Scholarship fund records of educational loans, 1939-1972

CLOSED to researchers.

Carton 11SH 13F9 U
Special Grants, Camp Grants, 1956

CLOSED to researchers.

Carton 12SH 13F8 T
Records of requests for aid, 1963-1964

Use of originals restricted. Use photocopies in Carton 3.

Carton 3SH 13FH
Records of requests for aid, 1963-1964 [photocopies]
Carton 3SH 13FH
Social Statistics, 1961-1968
Carton 3SH 13FH
Scrapbook, letters to Edward Everett Hale, 1870-1887
Carton 3SH 13FH
"Wadsworth Club" scrapbook, 1874-1884
Carton 3SH 13FH
Edward Everett Hale letterbook, 1876-1889, 1900
Carton 3SH 13FH
Guestbook, house for Cuban students, 1900
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Scrapbook, clippings about the Lend a Hand Society, 1892-1931
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Scrapbook, clippings about the Lend a Hand Society, 1897-1959
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Case histories of the Lend a Hand Society beneficiaries, 1904-1915
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Outings for Old Men, 1916-1920
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Book Mission, material donated and distributed, 1940
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Journal, 1890-1898
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Farmer's fruit offering, 1900
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Boer War prisoners in Bermuda, 1901-1902
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Filipino Boys, 1901
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Christmas Boxes, 1901-1904
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Outings for men, 1902-1930
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Christmas cards, 1908-1929
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Pillow account, 1913-1917
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Salem fire, 1914-1917
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Red Cross, 1914
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Belgian Relief Fund, 1914
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Book Mission, 1915-1925
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Southern trips for Book Mission, 1924-1928
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Special needs/salary
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Sewing, 1916-1931

Special project donation accounts

Carton 4SH 13FG .
Dr. Grenfell, 1916-1925
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Floating hospital, 1919-1927
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Manassas Indian School, 1919-1923
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Thanksgiving, 1916-1928
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Christmas Boxes, 1919-1923
Carton 4SH 13FG .
War relief and misc., 1917-1924
Carton 4SH 13FG .
Clothing, 1918-1932
Carton 11SH 13F9 U
Outings, Vacation and Convalescent Care, 1921-1955

CLOSED to researchers.

Carton 11SH 13F9 U
Frances Hathaway Kimball Fund for Tired Mothers, 1927-1955

CLOSED to researchers.

Carton 11SH 13F9 U
Clothing and miscellaneous articles distributed, 1956-1962

CLOSED to researchers.

B. Administrative records, 1880-1979

Arranged by record type.

Subject files on a variety of topics arranged chronologically, correspondence, minutes of annual meetings and board of directors meetings, surveys of Lend a Hand Society, and reports by individual clubs.

Subject files

Arranged chronologically.

Carton 5SH 13FF -
Membership certificates signed by Edward Everett Hale, n.d.
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Letters to Edward Everett Hale re: influence of "Ten Times One," 1880-1904, 1922
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Edward Everett Hale, Lend a Hand correspondence, 1881-1908
Carton 5SH 13FF -
"Office records," 1889, 1891-1892
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Agreement of association, Ten Times One Corporation, 1891
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Edward Everett Hale-C.W. Caryl correspondence, 1891-1892
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Copyrights, 1898-1899, 1910
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Dispute with bookbinder, 1899-1914
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Mortgage deed, Lend a Hand Society to Rufus B. Tobey, 1899
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Hale calendar recipient list, 1902
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Rufus B. Tobey correspondence, 1907
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Lend a Hand Society-related sermons by Christopher Eliot, 1909, 1922-1923
Carton 5SH 13FF -
C.R. Eliot-S.E. Cassimo Co. correspondence, 1910-1911
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Edward H. Greenleaf-Christopher Eliot/Annie Brown correspondence, 1915-1922, 1926-1927
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Edward Everett Hale centennial correspondence, 1921
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Misc. correspondence, 1924-1925, 1945, 1951
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Correspondence re: elections to board, 1926
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Address, "In Memory of Dr. Hale," 1926
Carton 5SH 13FF -
By-laws (various versions), n.d., 1889, 1928-1929
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Article by Mary Coburn for Christian Register, 1942
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Christmas card lists, 1947-1956
Carton 5SH 13FF -
"A Statement," [1949-1950]
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Correspondence re: board meetings, 1959-1960
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Board members' personal correspondence, obituaries, n.d., 1963-1973
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Office furniture, 1964
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Lend a Hand Limited (England), 1968
Carton 5SH 13FF -
"Troubled youth" clippings and correspondence, 1977-1978
Carton 5SH 13FF -
UPI story on Lend a Hand Society, 1979
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Miscellaneous, n.d., 1937

Annual meeting records

Carton 5SH 13FF -
Ballots, 1910-1955
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Agendas, 1921-1955, 1970
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Secretary's report, 1932
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Drafts, 1933-1968

Board meeting records

Carton 5SH 13FF -
Secretary's reports, 1922-1927
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Minutes, 1947, 1963, 1969
Carton 5SH 13FF -
Lend a Hand Society correspondence reports, lists of conferences and attendees, 1894-1967
Carton 6SH 13FE Z
Surveys of Lend a Hand Society, 1934, 1945, 1960
Carton 6SH 13FE Z
Annual meeting minutes, 1891-1923
Carton 6SH 13FE Z
Board meeting minutes, 1897-1934

C. Financial records, 1897-1978

Arranged by topic or record type.

Included are loose and bound records of fundraising appeals, in particular the Hale Endowment Fund and the Permanent Charity Fund, bequests to Lend a Hand Society, account books and journals, and cash books.

Carton 6SH 13FE Z
Fundraising appeals, n.d., 1896-1977

Hale Endowment Fund

Carton 7SH 13FD Y
Correspondence, etc., 1897-1912
Carton 7SH 13FD Y
Contributors' receipts, Jan.-Mar. 1907
Carton 7SH 13FD Y
Contributors' receipts, Apr. 1907-1908
Carton 7SH 13FD Y
Andrew Carnegie correspondence, 1906-1912
Carton 7SH 13FD Y
Correspondence, 1912
Carton 7SH 13FD Y
Cashbook, 1906-1907
Carton 8SH 13FC X
Bequests to Lend a Hand Society, n.d., 1909-1970
Carton 8SH 13FC X
Permanent Charity Fund, 1914-1930
Carton 8SH 13FC X
Bank statements, accountant's report, miscellaneous financial records, 1924-1978
Carton 9SH 13FB W
Journals, 1907-1947
Carton 9SH 13FB W
Accounts of Lend a Hand Society leaflets, 1916-1926
Carton 9SH 13FB W
Lend a Hand Society monthly accounts, 1920-1930
Carton 9SH 13FB W
Petty cash, 1926-1933
Carton 9SH 13FB W
Administrative expenses, 1936-1938
Carton 9SH 13FB W
Ledgers, 1907-1926
Carton 10SH 13FA V
Ledgers, 1926-1947
Carton 10SH 13FA V
Cash books, 1907-1928

Oversize cash books have been moved to Series III. Oversize materials.

III. Oversize materials, 1900-1954

Two maps showing Book Mission activity, ca. 1934, were moved to Mss. Large, June 2003.

Carton OS 1SH 15FU A
Cash book, July 1926-June 1928
Carton OS 1SH 15FU A
Cash book, July 1928-June 1930
Carton OS 1SH 15FU A
Cash book, June 1930-Aug. 1932
Carton OS 1SH 15FU A
Cash book, Sep. 1932-Apr. 1935
Carton OS 1SH 15FU A
Cash book, May 1935-Mar. 1938
Carton OS 1SH 15FU A
Cash book, Apr. 1938-May 1941
Carton OS 2SH 15FV B
Cash book, June 1941-Aug. 1944
Carton OS 2SH 15FV B
Cash book, Sep. 1944-Mar. 1948
Carton OS 2SH 15FV B
Cash book, Mar. 1948-Apr. 1951
Carton OS 2SH 15FV B
Cash book, May 1951-Apr. 1954
Carton OS 2SH 15FV B
Lend a Hand Society scrapbook: Cuban teachers, 1900
Carton OS 2SH 15FV B
Lend a Hand Society scrapbook: World War I relief, 1914-1919

Preferred Citation

Lend a Hand Society 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:

Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919.
Everett, Edward, 1794-1865.
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915.
Greenleaf, Frederic William, 1820-1850.
Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909.
Howe, S. G. (Samuel Gridley), 1801-1876.
Keller, Helen, 1880-1968.
Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-1886.
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924.

Organizations:

American Social Science Association.
Associated Charities of Boston.
Boston Floating Hospital.
Society for the Prevention of Pauperism (Boston, Mass.).

Subjects:

Account books--1907-1954.
Aged men--Massachusetts--Boston.
Charities--Massachusetts--Boston.
Charities, Medical.
International relief.
Libraries and the poor.
Scrapbooks.
Temperance--United States--Societies, etc.
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief.

Materials Removed from the Collection

Printed materials, including books, sermons of Edward Everett Hale, Lend a Hand Society serials, and other serials, 1870-1988, have been removed from the collection and are cataloged in the MHS card catalog.

Photographs from this collection have been removed to the Lend a Hand Society photographs (Photo. Coll. 223). See separate descriptions of daguerreotypes (Photos. 1.385-386), which are stored in the MHS Photo Archives by format.

Museum objects have been removed from this collection.