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Name of Creator:Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc.
Title:Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc. records
Date:1893-2004 (bulk 1950's-1980's)
Reference Code:M103
Location Code:63/3-4, 62/1, FF5/D9, FF5/D10
Extent:49.25 cubic ft. (46 boxes and 1.5 flat file drawers)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of the BGCB date from 1893 to 2004. They document the central administration's efforts to provide the city of Boston with a youth development agency. The documentation includes the records of executive directors and other administrators; Board of Directors and Board of Overseers correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes; fund raising and development material; records relating to program operations; and photographs, media, and scrapbooks. The collection also includes material pertaining to the BGCB's parent organization, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Historical Abstract:The first clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) was founded in Charlestown in 1893. The club was meant to be a refuge and alternative space for young boys whose home life and education were not conducive to their development into productive citizens. Over a century later, the BGCB serves more than 8,000 urban youths, largely from disadvantaged circumstances, in its five clubhouses in Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, Roxbury and South Boston. In 1981, girls were admitted to all clubhouses as full members for the first time. As of 2005, the mission of the BGCB is to aid in the development of youth ages six to 18, through programs in six core areas: the arts; education; leadership and character development; life skills; sports, fitness and recreation; and technology. The program activities and support services are designed to assist in the overall educational, emotional, physical and social development of participants, without regard to social, racial, ethnic, or religious background. Trained youth development professionals act as mentors and role models while volunteers provide key supplementary support to the organization.
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Arrangement:Organized into 6 series: 1. Governance; 2. Directors and Assistant Directors; 3. Development; 4. Program Services; 5. Audio-Visual; and 6. Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Boys and Girls Clubs (Boston)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston
  • Kiwanis Club (Charlestown, MA)

  • Boys -- Societies and clubs -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Community Centers -- United States
  • Girls -- Societies and clubs -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Youth -- Services for -- United States
  • Youth -- United States -- Societies and clubs
  • Youth Centers -- United States

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
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Processor:Finding aid prepared by Rachel Chatalbash and Archives Staff, August 2005