COLLECTION GUIDES

1903-2005

Offsite Storage Inventory

Restrictions on Access

The Bay State Historical League 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 Bay State Historical League, founded in 1903 by John H. Ayer to form a society of local historical organizations in Massachusetts. The records include meeting minutes, account books, subject files, membership registers, bulletins, calendars, newsletters, photographs and other administrative records kept between 1903-2005.

Acquisition Information

The Bay State Historical League records were donated in 2005.

Restrictions on Access

The Bay State Historical League 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.

Historical Sketch

The Bay State Historical League was founded in 1903 at the instigation of John F. Ayer, president of the Somerville Historical Society, who wished to form a society composed of local historical organizations committed to sharing information and stimulating interest in historical matters. Originally limited to Middlesex and Essex counties, the League eventually expanded to include other Massachusetts counties as well. The Bay State Historical League disbanded in early 2005.

Summary Description of the Collection

Volumes:

Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Records of establishment, 1903
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Executive Committee records, 1903-1921
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Minutes, 1915-1921
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Minutes, 1958-1970
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Meeting records, 1936-1942
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Meeting records, 1943-1954
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Meeting records, 1955-1971
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Meeting registration book, 1952-1965
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Accounts, 1928-1961
Carton 1SH 17BT 7
Accounts, 1961-1962

Loose records:

Carton 2SH 17BU 8
Chronological files, 1903-1959
Carton 3SH 17BV 9
Financial records, 1964-1983
Carton 3SH 17BV 9
Workshops, 1970s
Carton 3SH 17BV 9
Meeting minutes, 1970s-1983
Carton 3SH 17BV 9
Membership registers, 1975-1981
Carton 4SH 17BW A
Financial records, FY 1989-FY 1984
Carton 5SH 17BX B
Membership, 1970-1972
Carton 5SH 17BX B
Minutes, 1982-1990
Carton 5SH 17BX B
Annual reports and financial statements
Carton 5SH 17BX B
BSHL Bulletin (misc. dates)
Carton 5SH 17BX B
History of publication of Bulletin
Carton 5SH 17BX B
Calendar, 1978-1981
Carton 5SH 17BX B
Newsletter, 1989-1995
Carton 5SH 17BX B
MCAH, 1970s
Carton 5SH 17BX B
Meetings, 1978-1980
Carton 5SH 17BX B
Education Committee, 1981-1986
Carton 5SH 17BX B
BSHL & Bicentennial Commission, 1970-1975
Carton 5SH 17BX B
Mass. Historical Commission, 1970
Carton 6SH 17BY C
Board meeting minutes, FY 1986 – FY 2004
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Records, 1960-1971
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Pre-1989 members and mailing lists
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Ledger directory, 1978
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Membership history, 2003
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Board binder, 2002
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Strategic planning, 1997
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Member analysis, 1999
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Unidentified binder, 1997
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Foundation research, 2002
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
Board member orientation, 2002-2003
Carton 7 SH 17BZ D
"A. Clickstein" binder
Carton 8SH 17CN 1
Board activities
Carton 8SH 17CN 1
Ayer Awards
Carton 8SH 17CN 1
Fundraising
Carton 8SH 17CN 1
Auctions
Carton 8SH 17CN 1
"Going Public," 1990s-2000s
Carton 9 SH 17C2 O
Board handbooks
Carton 9 SH 17C2 O
Strategic plans, 2000s
Carton 9 SH 17C2 O
BSHL Bulletin, 1933-1984
Carton 10 SH 17C3 P
Programs, workshops, seminars, 1990s
Carton 11 SH 17C4 Q
Programs, 1990s-2000s
Carton 12 SH 17C5 R
Member lists, 1993-2005
Carton 12 SH 17C5 R
Workshops, 1990s
Carton 12 SH 17C5 R
Exhibits
Carton 12 SH 17C5 R
Annual appeals, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998
Carton 12 SH 17C5 R
Dues renewals, 1992-1994
Carton 12 SH 17C5 R
Member files
Carton 12 SH 17C5 R
Membership surveys, 1989, 1995
Carton 12 SH 17C5 R
Programs, 2003
Carton 13 SH 17C6 S
Programs, 2002-2004
Carton 14 SH 17C7 T
Publications, 1930-2004
Carton 15 SH 17C8 U
Misc. publications, 1906-1953
Carton 15 SH 17C8 U
Meetings and programs
Carton 16 SH 17C9 V
Awards presented to BSHL
Carton 16 SH 17C9 V
Organizational member maps (laminated), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002
Carton 16 SH 17C9 V
Bulletin photographs
Carton 16 SH 17C9 V
Misc. photographs/publicity
Carton 17SH 17CA W
Misc. photographs
Carton 17SH 17CA W
Kingsbury, Mass. slide show
Carton 18SH 17EE
Addtions to the Bay State Historical League from board member Sandra Krein, 2001-2003.

Preferred Citation

Bay State Historical League 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:

Ayer, John H.

Subjects:

History--Societies, etc.--Massachusetts.