Cambridge Electric Light Company records
Scope and Contents
- Cambridge Electric Light Company (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Extent14 linear feet (18 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
The consistently increasing public demand for electric power fueled rapid growth of the company, expanding its number of customers from 5,021 in 1915 to 43,000 in 1930. By 1930, the company’s overhead distribution system comprised over 80 miles of poles and nearly 1200 miles of wires; the underground distribution system comprised of 110 miles of cable and 177 miles of conduit.
In 1926, the New England Gas and Electric Association was founded as an unincorporated trust to control nearly 100% of the stocks of various gas and electric companies, including Cambridge Electric Light Company, Cambridge Gas Light Company, Worcester Gas Light Company, and other utilities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The New England Gas and Electric Association became affiliated in 1927 with Associated Gas and Electric System, a holding company of gas, electric, and water utilities in 16 states, through the ownership and control of its common shares by stockholders and officers of the Associated Gas and Electric System.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Cambridge Electric Light Company. Cambridge Electric Light Company Records, 1883-1936: A Finding Aid
- Bailey Brunick
- January 2019
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