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Relief Fire Club Records

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RELIEF FIRE CLUB RECORDS, 1817-1869





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Relief Fire Club (Salem, Mass.)
Title:Relief Fire Club Records
Dates:1817/1869
Quantity:1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Abstract:The records of the Relief Fire Club of Salem, Massachusetts, consist of a treasurer's book, a dues book, and two record books.
Collection Number:MSS 287

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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Relief Fire Club of Salem, Massachusetts, consist of a treasurer's book, a dues book, and two record books. The treasurer's book is a record of assessments and fines to the members. The dues book includes a list of members and their due to the organization. The record books include reports of meetings. Business conducted at these meetings was primarily the discharge and election of members. Articles of Association of the Relief Fire Club appear in record book, volume 2. No records of fires are included in this collection.


Historical Sketch

The Relief Fire Club was formed in Salem, Massachusetts, on June 24, 1803. The Articles of Association were revised in 1835. The number of members was not to exceed forty-five. The stated purposed of the organization was to "afford relief and assistance to the persons and property of each other" and "to promote harmony and good fellowship among new members." Each member was to furnish himself with a pair of new buckets. Two ladders, thirty-four feet long, were to be procured by the club. On the notice of fire, each member was to immediately report with his buckets and bag to the dwelling, store, or shop of the member he deemed to be in most danger.


The earliest record of a meeting in this collection is one that was held November 14, 1824, at the Salem Hotel. A moderator was chosen for each meeting, and meetings were held four times a year in February, May, August, and November. Among moderators chosen were: Benjamin Crowninshield, Joseph Ropes, Joseph Sprague, Capt. Samuel Cook, and Dr. Samuel Johnson. Meetings were later held at the Lafayette Coffee House and the Mansion House.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Clubs--Massachusetts--Salem
Fire clubs (Cooperative societies)
Fire departments--Massachusetts--Salem
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Relief Fire Club Records, MSS 287, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by William C. Waters, Jr. from the estate of Henry F. Waters in 1916.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, August 1996. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, January 2016.


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