North Bennet Street Industrial School (Boston, Mass.)

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Pauline (Agassiz) Shaw was the guiding spirit and considered the founder of this trade school and settlement house in Boston's North End. Founded in 1879 to provide a means of self-help for the poor, the North End Industrial Home first established a sewing room managed and staffed mainly by women for women. In 1885 the school was incorporated under its present name to serve the surrounding immigrant community, which after 1900 was mainly Italian. It aimed to help the immigrants become citizens and improve their economic conditions. In addition to the sewing room, the School offered other vocational courses for children and adults, a day nursery and Play School for Habit Training, a library, clubs, outings, pageants, summer camps, a credit union, and an industrial training program. For many years it provided vocational training to Boston public school students, sponsoring such industries as lighting fixtures and lead garden ornaments which it sold in its Industrial Arts Shop. Vocational guidance and placement were initiated before WWI but were emphasized particularly during the Depression, when the School helped run a work relief program for the unemployed. After both world wars the School participated in government programs to train veterans and handicapped persons, and it has been active in civic improvement projects in the North End. It attracts students from all over the U.S., and is affiliated with the United Way (formerly the Boston Council of Social Agencies).

Early superintendents of the School were women. In 1909, Alvin E. Dodd became director, and after him George Courtright Greener, a potter from Columbus, Ohio, succeeded in 1954 by Ernest Jacoby. The school has had an active Board of Managers that has included many prominent Bostonians.

From the description of Records, 1880-1973 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006788

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referencedIn Peabody, Marian Lawrence, 1875-1968. Marian Lawrence Peabody papers, 1874-1968. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Saturday Evening Girls (Organization). Records, 1910-1991 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Greener, George C. Papers, 1913-1993 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf North Bennet Street Industrial School (Boston, Mass.). Records, 1880-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Agassiz family. family
associatedWith Bigelow family. family
associatedWith Boston Council of Social Agencies. corporateBody
associatedWith Boston (Mass.). School Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Boston Social Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Boxford Camp. corporateBody
associatedWith Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941. person
associatedWith Caldwell, Grace M., 1874?-1950. person
associatedWith Committee of the Permanent Charity Fund, Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Community Federation of Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Deane, Frederick. person
associatedWith Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell, 1857-1945. person
associatedWith De Mille, Agnes. person
associatedWith Dodd, Alvin Earl, 1883-1951. person
associatedWith Fenno, Pauline Shaw. person
associatedWith Fessenden, Russell Green, 1869-1945. person
associatedWith Fiske, Annie F. W. person
associatedWith Gould, Lawrence A., 1930- person
associatedWith Greater Boston Community Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Greater Boston federation of neighborhood houses. corporateBody
associatedWith Greener, George C. person
associatedWith Greenough, Henry Vose. person
associatedWith Hemenway, Augustus. person
associatedWith Higginson, Ida Agassiz. person
associatedWith Jacoby, Ernest. person
associatedWith Lucas, Dione, 1909-1971. person
associatedWith Lyman family. family
associatedWith Massachusetts. Dept. of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts. Dept. of Public Welfare. corporateBody
associatedWith McGinley, Gertrude. person
associatedWith Morison, Elizabeth Shaw, 1886-1945. person
associatedWith Mu╠łnsterberg, Margarete Anna Adelheid, 1889- person
associatedWith National Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centers. corporateBody
associatedWith North End Industrial Home (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Peabody, Marian Lawrence, 1875-1968. person
associatedWith Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965. person
associatedWith Play School for Habit Training. corporateBody
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. person
associatedWith Saturday Evening Girls (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Sharp, Helen. person
associatedWith Shattuck, Henry Lee, 1879-1971. person
associatedWith Shaw, Pauline Agassiz, 1841-1917. person
associatedWith Sturgis, R. Clipston 1860-1951. person
associatedWith United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Board for Vocational Education. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Veterans Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith Wight, Crocker. person
associatedWith Williams, Mary Elizabeth. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Boston (Mass.)
North End (Boston, Mass.)
New Hampshire
Woodwork (Manual training)
Lighting, Architectural and decorative
Vocational guidance
Women--Vocational education
Emigration and immigration
Amateur plays
Employment agencies
Trade schools
Social workers
Nursery schools
Social service
Technical education
Interior decoration
Italian Americans
Community centers
Cooking, Italian
Vocational education
Credit unions
Jewelry making
Clock and watch making
Social settlements

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Active 1880

Active 1973



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