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COLLECTION Identifier: B-18

Records of the Friends of Framingham, 1948-1957


Correspondence, clippings, etc., of Friends of Framingham, Inc., formed in support of Miriam Van Waters and the progressive changes she had implemented as superintendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women at Framingham.


  • 1948-1957

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Closed for digitization.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Friends of Framingham, Inc., as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


6.67 linear feet (16 file boxes)

The collection consists of correspondence about the Van Waters case. There are also publications, state government documents, scrapbooks, and clippings about Van Waters, Friends of Framingham, women at Framingham, and prison conditions in general.

This collection was formerly cataloged at the Schlesinger Library as Friends of Framingham Reformatory Records.


The Friends of Framingham, Inc. (FOF) was formed in 1948 in support of Miriam Van Waters and the progressive methods she had implemented as Superintendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women at Framingham with emphasis on rehabilitation of women prisoners rather than on punishment. An attempt was made to remove Van Waters because of alleged irregularities at the reformatory, but she was cleared of all charges. Friends of Framingham then worked on development of rehabilitation methods, public education in penology, and improving the practices of government agencies concerned with the accused or convicted. It established a halfway house in 1964 and a friendly visitors program.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 143

Received June 1960. Gift of The Friends of the Framingham Reformatory thru Dorothy Kirchwey Brown, (Mrs. LaRue Brown) Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Friends of Framingham, Inc. Additional records (MC 343).


  1. Box 1: 1-28
  2. Box 2: 2: 29-55.
  3. Box 3: volumes 1-4
  4. Box 4: volumes 5-8
  5. Box 5: volumes 9-12
  6. Box 6: volumes 13-14
  7. Box 7: volumes 15-17
  8. Box 8: volumes 18-20
  9. Box 9: volumes 21-23
  10. Box 10: volumes 24-26
  11. Box 11: volumes 24-26
  12. Box 12: volumes 27-28
  13. Box 13: volumes 31-32
  14. Box 14: volumes 33-35
  15. Box 15: volumes 36-38
  16. Box 16: volumes 39-41
Friends of Framingham, Inc. Records of the Friends of Framingham, 1948-1957: A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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