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Boston Manufacturing Company Collection
Catalog Record
Mss 442 1813-1930
Volumes 1-9, 80-151, 167, 169; box 1-A

The Boston Associates founded the Boston Manufacturing Company in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1813. Hoping to avoid the emergence of a working class in the United States as it had in Britain, the company built its labor force by contracting with individual New England farm girls, who lived in dormitory-style boarding houses, which has come to be known as the Waltham system. The collection includes payrolls listing women workers for the period from 1817 to 1881.

Wage and time accounting
Payrolls, with accounts per worker and pay rate in the early volumes, and hours worked as well as rent deductions in the later volumes (1817-1881): volumes 80-149; weaving department(1906): volume 167

Suspended payrolls(1882-1902): volume 151; (1924-1930) volume 150

Company Patronage
Rent roll (1901-1903): volume 169

Family and financial records
Stockholders' and directors' records (1813-1905): volumes 1-9, box 1-A

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