Boston Committee of Correspondence records

Title
Boston Committee of Correspondence records, 1772-1784.
Author
Boston Committee of Correspondence.
Supplementary Content
Collection guide and digital images

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Mixed materialBy appointment onlyAvailable*ZL-231Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
Mixed materialBy appointment onlyAvailable*ZL-231Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r.1: Vols 1-12Mixed materialBy appointment onlyAvailable*ZL-231 r.1: Vols 1-12Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r.2: Correspondence and proceedings, 1772-1775Mixed materialBy appointment onlyAvailable*ZL-231 r.2: Correspondence and proceedings, 1772-1775Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r.4: Correspondence and proceedings, 1772-1775Mixed materialBy appointment onlyAvailable*ZL-231 r.4: Correspondence and proceedings, 1772-1775Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328

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Description
2.4 linear feet (8 boxes, 1 oversized folder), 4 microfilm reels
Genre/Form
  • History.
  • Minutes books.
Access (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
  • Surrogates must be used in lieu of originals.
Additional Formats (note)
  • Available on microfilm;
  • Available as digital images.
Funding (note)
  • Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Source (note)
  • Purchased by the Lenox Library from the estate of George Bancroft, 1893.
Provenance (note)
  • The papers were originally held by Samuel Adams. They were passed on to Adams' grandson, Samuel Adams Wells. Wells later transferred the collection to historian George Bancroft.
Call Number
MssCol 343
OCLC
122466514
Author
Boston Committee of Correspondence.
Title
Boston Committee of Correspondence records, 1772-1784.
Restricted Access
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Surrogates must be used in lieu of originals.
Additional Formats
Available on microfilm; New York Public Library; *ZL-231
Available as digital images.
Summary
The Boston Committee of Correspondence was formed at the Boston Town Meeting of November 2, 1772 in response to the British government's decision to pay the governor and Superior Court judges of Massachusetts with Crown stipends, thereby making them dependent on the Crown rather than the people in assembly. With the participation of Samuel Adams and others, the Committee prepared statements of the colonists' rights and the violation of those rights by Great Britain, and sent them to other Massachusetts towns in pamphlet form, asking for their support and advice. In response to what became known as the Boston Pamphlet, similar committees formed in towns across Massachusetts and in other American colonies, helping to create a network of colonial communication ultimately leading to independence from Great Britain. The Boston Committee of Correspondence records, dated 1772-1784, document the Committee's initiatives in colonial political action in Massachusetts, from the writing of the Boston Pamphlet in November 1772 through the early months of war with Great Britain in 1775, as well as the Committee's contact with other colonies. The records also document its continued work as the Committee of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety, 1777-1784, largely concerned with investigating suspected enemies of the American cause.
Funding
Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Provenance
The papers were originally held by Samuel Adams. They were passed on to Adams' grandson, Samuel Adams Wells. Wells later transferred the collection to historian George Bancroft.
Finding Aids
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Source
Purchased by the Lenox Library from the estate of George Bancroft, 1893.
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Chronological Term
1775 - 1783
Occupation
Politicians.
Statesmen.
Added Author
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803.
Church, Benjamin, 1734-1778.
Cooper, William, 1720-1809.
Otis, James, 1725-1783.
Quincy, Josiah, 1744-1775.
Warren, Joseph, 1741-1775.
Young, Thomas, 1732-1777.
Research Call Number
MssCol 343
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