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Ellerton J. Brehaut Boston history collection

Collection MS-2008-016: Ellerton J. Brehaut Boston history collection


  • Creation: 1718 - 1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1880 - 1950

Scope and Contents

Materials related to the history of Boston collected by Ellerton J. Brehaut. Consists of correspondence, manuscripts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, account books, publications, and reports of the City of Boston and other institutions. Brehaut's annotated scrapbooks of pamphlets and newspaper clippings from 1800 to the 1960s document the mayors of Boston, particularly James Michael Curley, the Chamber of Commerce, the great Boston fire of 1872 and its administrative aftermath, Protestantism, and the 1919 police strike and the Police Department.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Ellerton James Brehaut was born in North Attleboro, Massachusetts on 6 April 1897 to Annabel Hankins and James W. Brehaut. Ellerton received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1918 and enlisted in World War I that June. He served in France, where he was promoted to sergeant, and was discharged at the war's end. He married Catherine Hortense Farrell in about 1922 and they had one daughter, Elaine Janet Brehaut in 1927.

Brehaut worked for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce from October of 1919 until 1959, first as manager of the Civic Bureau, and later in the Legislative Department. After his retirement, he worked part-time for the Raytheon Company as a legislative consultant. He was a member of civic committees and organizations, including serving as the chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Massachusetts Association of Commercial Executives from 1946-1959. In his spare time, Brehaut collected and created thematic compilations of historical publications documenting Boston-area politics, government, and city infrastructure development.

Ellerton Brehaut died on 11 February 1985 in Danvers, Massachusetts.


Mead, Frederick S., ed. Harvard´s Military Record in the World War. Boston: Harvard Alumni Association, 1921.

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

State of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003. Boston, MA, USA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, 2005.

United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930.

United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940.


21.25 Linear Feet (28 containers)

Language of Materials



Materials collected by twentieth-century Massachusetts lobbyist and historical collector Ellerton J. Brehaut. Consists of correspondence, manuscripts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, account books, publications and other items relating to the history of the City of Boston. Includes records created by the Boston Police Department and other institutions, organizations, and committees.


In original order as received.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

Related Materials

Ellerton J. Brehaut witchcraft collection of the Danvers Archival Center.

Separated Materials

Some published works associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.

Processing Information

This collection has been minimally processed. No arrangement has been established for these materials.

Ellerton J. Brehaut Boston History Collection
1718-1983 (bulk 1880-1950)
Sara Nitroe, 2008, and Holly Springer
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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