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Appointment/reinstatement forms

Identifier: 0500.015
Scope and Contents note This series consists of loose leaf binders housing Appointment/Reinstatement forms used for documenting the appointments and/or reinstatements of Boston Fire Department staff. The documents include appointments after certification to become a fire fighter, emergency appointments, provisional appointments, reinstatements of employment following leaves of absence due to injury, illness, maternity and suspensions. Some retirement benefit requests forms are also included. In addition, 2 binders...
Dates: 1979-1994

Boston Fire Department plans and drawings

Identifier: 0500.022
Dates: circa 1973

Circular letters

Identifier: 0200.008
Scope and Contents note

Letters sent by the Mayor to all department heads. These volumes include the circular letters received by the Fire Commissioner.

Dates: 1930-1974 with gaps

City Council Committee on the Fire Department

Identifier: 0140.014
Scope and Contents note The City Council Committee on the Fire Department records date from 1816-1844, bulk dates from 1831-1841. The collection contains fire department records and correspondence which document the transactions, personnel, activities and growth of the department from a subscription organization to a professional fire department. The original organization has been retained as much as possible, including the title Sundry Papers & Returns, which reflect the variety of the contents. The...
Dates: 1816-1844 with gaps (bulk, 1831-1841)

Department vehicle accident reports

Identifier: 0500.020
Scope and Contents

Includes reports for accidents involving Fire Department vehicles from 1963-1989. Some photographs are included for major accidents.

Dates: 1963-1989

Field incident reports

Identifier: 0500.025
Dates: 1987-2000

Fire alarm cable records

Identifier: 0520.002
Scope and Contents

Log books of the circuits in fire alarm cables. These are the circuits (wires) that connect to all of the fire boxes in the area of Engine's firehouse. These circuits are also used for sounding alarms. Includes index at the front of the book with references to each specific cable box.

Dates: 1906-1927

Fire Alarm cards

Identifier: 0500.011
Scope and Contents note

Includes a set of Fire Alarm cards in use from 1960-1981 and a set that was in use in the 1950s as they are marked with updates in 1955. The Fire Department began using a card system for the fire alarm boxes in 1910. New sets were issued in 1910, 1921, 1929, 1960 and 1981. Includes a card for each fire alarm box in the City with information on the order of response and coverage of fire companies to alarms on the fire box. These sets were kept in each fire house in the City.

Dates: circa 1960-1981

Fire Alarm Division photograph collection

Identifier: 0510.001
Scope and Contents

The original photographs are on display at the Fire Alarm Division at 59 The Fenway. The photographs in this collection were digitized by a member of the Fire Alarm Division and the files were made available to the City of Boston Archives.

Dates: circa 1878

Fire Alarm house journals

Identifier: 0510.004
Scope and Contents

House journals of the Fire Alarm Division and Communications Unit located in the Fenway. House journals are daily logs that record calls received and response, members present and other functions of house.

Dates: 1959-2010 with gaps

Fire Alarm Superintendent files

Identifier: 0510.002
Content Description

Administrative files of Superintendent of Fire Alarm circa 1930s-1970s

Dates: circa 1930-1970

Fire Commissioner proceedings

Identifier: 0500.013
Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of chronological bound volumes of the proceedings of the mostly daily meetings of the Board of Fire Commissioners, as well as the proceedings of what later became a single Fire Commissioner. The Board of Fire Commissioners was abolished and replaced by a single Fire Commissioner on July 1, 1895. The minutes record the actions of the Board of Fire Commissioners and the single Fire Commissioner on issues involving personnel, supplies, equipment, etc.

Dates: 1873-1954 with gaps

Fire Commissioner records

Identifier: 0500.016
Scope and Contents This series includes subjects files of the Fire Commissioner with the bulk of the files from the 1990s and early 2000s. Fire Commissioners during this period include, Commissioner Martin Pierce, Commissioner Paul Christian, Acting Commissioner Dennis DiMarzio, and Commissioner Roderick Fraser. This series also includes historical files, reports, photographs, etc. kept in the Commissioner's Office for reference purposes. The subject files when transferred to the Archives were arranged in...
Dates: circa 1940-2015; Majority of material found in , 1990-2006

Fire Commissioner's office correspondence

Identifier: 0500.014
Scope and Contents note This series consists of chronological bound volumes of correspondence and loose letters documenting the day to day business and activities of the office of the Board of Fire Commissioners, and later the Office of the Fire Commissioner. The letters, signed by the Fire Commissioner and other staff including the Clerk and Secretary, are addressed to various organizations and businesses, attorney’s offices, city departments, city council members, members of the state legislature, and private...
Dates: 1893-1911 with gaps

Fire Department annual reports and publications

Identifier: 0500.005
Scope and Contents Includes copies of annual reports for 1879, 1885-1890, 1945, 1969, 1971, 1982 and 2002; programs for Fire Department annual ball for 1973 and 2004; Constitution of the Charitable Association of the Boston Fire Department, 1835; Report of the Joint Special Committee appointed to inquire into the causes of recent fires in Boston, 1893; Boston Fire Prevention Code (Chapter 3 of the Ordinances of 1959), 1959 and 1979; and Rules and Regulations of the Fire Department, 1947, 1965 and 1997; and...
Dates: 1835-2004

Fire Department photographs

Identifier: 0500.004
Scope and Contents

Small collection of 10 photographs donated to City Archives. Includes image of horse-drawn fire apparatus, undated; Fire Engine on Cambridge Street, undated; Engine 47 Fire Boat, 1948; Fire Department Banner on Washington Street, 1956; Fire on Brattle Street, 1959; 4 photographs of damage to North Station MTA, 1959; and Gil Jones and Fire Prevention Detail, 1961.

Dates: circa 1900-1961

Fire records

Identifier: 0500.007
Scope and Contents note This series consists of oversized chronological log books of fire alarms received and responded to by the Boston Fire Department from 1880-1967. The location and existence of earlier volumes is unknown at this time. These log books may have been in use as early as 1852 when the fire alarm telegraph system was officially accepted by the City. It is believed that the department no longer recorded fire alarms in this format after 1967. The information recorded in the logs over time include the...
Dates: 1880 May-1967 December

General Orders

Identifier: 0500.001
Scope and Contents

General Orders sent out to all station houses by the Fire Commissioner concerning administrative and personnel issues.

Dates: 1887-1970 with gaps

House journals

Identifier: 0500.003
Scope and Contents Station House journals of Engine 3, 1956-1972; Engine 12, 1898; Engine 13, 1962; Engine 16, 1969; Engine 28/Ladder 10, 1901-2002 with gaps; Engine 32/Ladder 9, 1913-2006 with gaps; Engine 41/Ladder 14, 1941-1968 with gaps; Engine 50, 1961-2000 with gaps; Ladder 23, 1906-1973 with gaps; Fire patrol, 1891-1955 with gaps, Maintenance Division, 1939; and Fire Investigation Unit, 1959-2011 with gaps. House journals record calls received and response, members present and other functions of...
Dates: 1891-2011 with gaps

Lists of call men

Identifier: 0500.008
Scope and Contents note

Registers recording names of firemen, engine company, date admitted and discharged. Beginning in 1837, compensation was given to firemen who served for six consecutive months with the same engine company.

Dates: 1837-1858

Mayor's approvals

Identifier: 0500.012
Scope and Contents note This series consists of chronological bound volumes of letters (letters were later replaced by standardized forms) written by the City of Boston Fire Commissioner to the Mayor requesting approval for myriad personnel and financial matters. Approval requests regarding personnel matters include those for new hires, retirements, salary/wage increases, reinstatements, pension enrollments for widows, and pension allotments for those who were injured on the job. Some requests for vacation time for...
Dates: 1901-1994 with gaps

Medical Examiner records

Identifier: 0500.021
Scope and Contents

Includes logs of the Fire Department medical examiner documenting sickness and injuries of Fire Department personnel, 1894-1928 with gaps.

Dates: 1894-1928

Payroll records

Identifier: 2200.018
Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous records documenting payroll for various departments. Includes Fire Department, 1829-1868 with gaps; Schools, 1833-1870 with gaps; Police, 1869-1870; Water Works, 1869-1870; Chestnut Hill Reservoir, 1868-1869; Lamps, 1869-1870; Paving, 1869-1870; Health, 1868-1869, Auditing, 1875-1885; Welfare, 1920-1923; and Institutions, 1922-1923.

Dates: circa 1829-1923


Identifier: 0500.009
Scope and Contents

Payroll lists for the Fire Department from 1876-1884, 1886-1889, 1902-1907, 1916-1924, 1927-1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1956-1969 and 1972.

Dates: 1876-1972 with gaps

Police and Fire hiring cases (Castro, Fagan, Mackin)

Identifier: 0700.024
Dates: circa 1971-1991

Record of fire alarms

Identifier: 0510.003
Scope and Contents

Daily log books documenting alarms received with remarks from 1884-1905 with gaps.

Dates: 1884-1905 with gaps

Record of horses bought and sold

 Item — Volume: 1
Identifier: 0500.017
Scope and Contents

Logbook of horses bought by the Fire Department from 1883-1911 with disposition and horses sold, died, destroyed or exchanged from 1900-1910.

Dates: 1883-1918

Riot cases

Identifier: 0700.020
Scope and Contents note This series contains a wide variety of documents relating to both the 1967 and 1968 riots, including but not limited to: fire reports, auditor reports, case law, police journals, and damage claims. All files are created and organized by the original creator, Theodore R. Stanley, who acted as Assistant Corporation Counsel. Mr. Stanley represented several businesses in the Blue Hill Avenue of Roxbury, many of whom still exist, who were bringing a suit to the city for damage compensation...
Dates: 1967-1972

Scrapbook of fires

 Item — Volume: 1
Identifier: 0500.006
Scope and Contents

Scrapbook and log of fires in Boston and other towns, 1841-1847.

Dates: 1841-1847

Special Orders

Identifier: 0500.002
Scope and Contents

Special Orders sent out to all station houses by the Fire Commissioner.

Dates: 1920-1968 with gaps