Earl Huntington Barber papers
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Extent11 linear feet (4 volumes, 2 boxes, 7 cartons)
The collection contain articles, speeches, typescripts, notes, correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, drafts, drawings, notices, photographs, negatives, index cards, balance sheets, graphs, agreements, reports, invoices, maps, blueprints, memoranda, diaries and price lists. These papers document the development of public utility regulation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including the organizations that preceded the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and the creation of the D. P. U. itself.
The papers in this collection document the various directions taken by the Department of Public Utilities in response to a variety of economic and social trends in the field, as well as in response to the necessities of two world wars. Such trends can be observed in the emphasis placed on price regulation, the types of new plant construction offered, the rapid increase in use of electrical household appliances, the extension and betterment of facilities and finally the criticism and controversies surrounding the rate-setting function of D. P. U.
Of particular note in this collection are the descriptions of civil service and consulting jobs investigated by Barber during from the 1920s through the 1960s. These document the increasing demand for electricity, gas and water between the two world wars, the addition of transmission and distribution lines and increased generating capacities in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Also, the Rural Electrification Association material provides glimpses of the lives of employees of this Depression era federal agency.
- Series I. Personal material, ca. 1920-1962
- Series II. Writing and research, 1909-1943
- Series III. Professional experience: Department of Public Utilities, 1920-1965
- Series IV. Professional experience: Rural Electrification Administration, 1935-1937
- Series V. Professional experience: Federal Power Commission, 1938-1945
- Series VI. Professional experience: Fuel clause, 1945-1958
- Series VII. Inventory-Costs, A-W, 1909-1925
- Series VIII. Inventory-Costs, Board of Gas and Electrical Commissioners, 1914-1919
- Series IX. Notes: Department of Public Utilities, 1906-1927
- Series X. Miscellaneous professional papers, 1913-1969
- Series XI. Professional projects, 1913-1967
- Series XII. Subject file, 1910-1956
- Series XIII. Notebooks, 1927-1957
- Series XIV. Bound volumes, 1915-1940
- Series XV. Photographs, 1923-1936
- Barber, Earl Huntington, 1883-1974. Earl Huntington Barber Papers, 1909-1969 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
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