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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:798 1939 A849

Insurance appraisal of Boott Mills, Lowell, Massachusetts

Scope and Contents

Insurance appraisal dated September 15, 1939 by the Inspection Department of Associated Factory Mutual Fire Insurance Companies at the request of Arkwright Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Appraisal conducted by A.T. Norton on June 22, 1939 in conference with Frederick Flather, Jr.


  • 1939

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.25 linear feet (1 volume)

Biographical / Historical

The Boott Cotton Mills, located in Lowell, Massachusetts, was incorporated in 1835 by Abbott Lawrence, John Amory Lowell and Nathan Appleton for the purpose of producing "drillings, sheetings, shirtings, linens, fancy dress goods, and yarns." By the 1870s, Boott Cotton Mills shifted to a variety and order mill with six mills working as a unified plant. In 1905, the mill closed and the corporation ceased, with stockholders, dominated by the current generation of directors, selling the plant and its assets to a group of investors from Lowell and Boston. Renamed Boott Mill, this new company reorganized management and production, invested in new equipment and retrained workers. In 1955, Boott Mill closed after one hundred and twenty years of operation.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2019.

Related Materials

Other records relating to Boott Cotton Mills are in the Boott Cotton Mills Collection at Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2019 By: Christine Riggle
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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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