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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:442 1813-1930

Boston Manufacturing Company records


Records of the first mill in the world to combine all aspects of the manufacture of cotton founded in Waltham, Mass. in 1813.


  • 1813-1933


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


22 linear feet (184 volumes, 14 boxes, 6 mapcase folders)
The Boston Manufacturing Company records contain administrative material, financial records, correspondence, and labor and production records of the Waltham based textile firm founded in Waltham, Mass. in 1813. The administrative records include stockholder's records, director's records and meeting minutes. Financial records include ledgers, journals, cash books, invoices, sales records and semi-annual reports containing general financial statements. Labor and production records include payroll, time books, summaries of production costs, amounts produced, and values of products. Also included are tax reports and other papers relating to the production of ginghams, zephyrs, shirtings, draperies, hosiery, and other cotton goods. Includes papers of the Waltham Textile Co., 1926-1928; and a few letters of T. Jefferson Coolidge, Edmund Dwight, A. M. Goodale, Arthur T. Lyman, and John A. Sweetser, treasurers.

Historical Note:

The Boston Manufacturing Company was a textile firm established in Waltham, Mass. in 1813 by Francis Cabot Lowell and Patrick Tracy Jackson. The company operated the first mill in the world to combine all aspects of the manufacture of cotton cloth under one roof. Its' establishment marked the start of the factory system in the United States.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Administrative records, 1813-1933
  2. Series II. Financial records, 1830-1930
  3. Series III. Labor and Production records, 1817-1930
  4. Series IV. Loose manuscripts, 1813-1930

Physical Location



Deposited by Boston Manufacturing Co. through Robert Amory, 1924-1934.
Boston Manufacturing Company. Boston Manufacturing Company Records, 1813-1933
Baker Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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