New England Watch and Ward Society

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  • 1878: New England Society for the Suppression of Vice formed.
  • 1882: Henry Chase chosen as first full agent, first office opens at 68 Eliot Street.
  • 1884: Society incorporated.
  • 1891: Name changed to New England Watch and Ward Society.
  • 1906: J. Frank Chase chosen as Executive Secretary to replace Henry Chase.
  • 1920: Prohibition begins.
  • 1926: H.L. Mencken arrested in Boston for selling his magazine American Mercury to J. Frank Chase in the famous "Hatrack" incident. Federal Court enjoins NEWWS for two years from threatening news dealers.
  • 1927: Charles S. Bodwell chosen as Executive Secretary following the death of J. Frank Chase.
  • 1933: Prohibition ends; the Howard Theater, a burlesque house in Boston, is closed due to the work of the NEWWS.
  • 1941: Louis J. Croteau chosen as Executive Secretary following the death of Charles S. Bodwell.
  • 1948: Dwight S. Strong chosen as Executive Secretary following the death of Louis J. Croteau.
  • 1957: Society changes name to New England Citizens Crime Commission.
  • 1967: Society changes name to Massachusetts Council on Crime and Correction.
  • 1975: Society merges with the Massachusetts Correctional Association (which was organized originally under the name of Massachusetts Prison Association by the same founders of the New England Society for the Suppression of Vice in 1889) and changes name to the Crime and Justice Foundation. Present address: 95 Berkeley Street, Second Floor, Boston, MA (617) 426-9800.

From the guide to the Records, 1918-1957, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.)

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creatorOf Records, 1918-1957 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf New England Watch and Ward Society. [New England Watch and Ward Society. : Pamphlet box.] HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf New England Watch and Ward Society. [Miscellaneous pamphlets, circulars, etc.]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Arlington Street Church (Boston, Mass.). Records, 1927-1980. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Cabot, Godfrey L. (Godfrey Lowell), 1861-1962. Godfrey Lowell Cabot papers, 1870-1962. Massachusetts Historical Society
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associatedWith Arlington Street Church (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bodwell, Charles S. person
associatedWith Cabot, Godfrey L. (Godfrey Lowell), 1861-1962. person
associatedWith Cabot, Thomas Dudley, 1897- person
associatedWith Garrett, Oliver B. person
associatedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
associatedWith Hellman, Lillian, 1906- person
associatedWith Huntingdon, Henry Strong. person
associatedWith King, Delcevare. person
associatedWith Pringle, Henry F. (Henry Fowles), 1897-1958 person
associatedWith Sheldon, Eleanor Touroff, 1898-1972 person
associatedWith Strong, Dwight S. person
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Midwest Distributors,Inc
Massachusetts Council on Crimeand Correction
Theater--Censorship--Massachusetts--Boston
Lobbying
New England Society for the Suppression of Vice
Illinois Vigilance Association
New England Citizens CrimeCommission
International Reform Federation
Prohibition--Massachusetts--Boston
New England News Company
Crime and Justice Foundation
Citizen crime reporting--New England
Censorship--Massachusetts--Boston
Crime
Gambling--New England
New York Society for the Suppression of Vice
Vigilance committees--New England
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