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Boston Police Department, 1826-1878

Series II: Boston Police Department, 1826-1878


  • Creation: 1826-1878

Scope and Contents note

From the Collection:

This collection documents the life of Edward Hartwell Savage and his role in the developement of the Boston Police Department from its roots in the Boston Watch. His materials include meticulous notebooks with chronological listings of events in his life and in Boston history; manuscripts of his published works, as well as some poetry and dialogue; local newspaper clippings; and records of the Boston Police Department. While on the police force Savage compiled departmental correspondence; lists of department members and shifts worked; receipts for returned lost/stolen property; and property inspection reports. This collection also includes a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and correspondence about Savage gathered by Ellerton J. Brehaut, the source of these papers.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research; portions also available digitially.


8.25 Linear Feet (10 containers)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States