Want to learn more about Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls, nineteenth-century social services, Boston in the 1860’s, or conduct your own genealogical research? Dive into the resources below.
Library and Archives:
The Boston Globe (via Proquest) – Check with your university or local library for free Proquest access.
Newspaper Database at the Boston Public Library – Note: Access requires a BPL library or researchers card.
Books and Articles:
Bagley, Joseph M. A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts (Hanover: UPNE 2016).
Boyer, Paul S. Urban Masses and Moral Order in America: 1820 – 1920 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978).
Brenzel, Barbara M. Daughters of the State: A Social Portrait of the First Reform School for Girls in North America: 1856 – 1905 (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1983).
Broder, Sherri. Tramps, Unfit Mothers, and Neglected Children: Negotiating the Family in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002).
Dudden, Faye E. Serving Women: Household service in nineteenth-century America (Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University Press, 1985).
Ginzberg, Lori D. Women and the Work of Benevolence: Morality, Politics, and Class in the Nineteenth-Century United States (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990).
Holloran, Peter C. Boston’s Wayward Children: Social Services for Homeless Children, 1830 – 1930 (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1994).
Meltsner, Heli. The Poorhouses of Massachusetts: A Cultural and Architectural History (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Co. Publishers, 2012).
O’Connor, Thomas H. Bibles, Brahmins, and Bosses: A Short History of Boston (Boston: Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, 1991).
Schneider, Eric C. In the Web of Class: Delinquents and Reformers in Boston: 1810’s – 1930’s (New York: New York University Press, 1992).
Sutherland, Daniel E. Americans and Their Servants: Domestic Service in the United States from 1800 to 1920 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981).
Vrabel, Jim. A People’s History of the New Boston (Amherst: UMass Press, 2014).