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Dorchester Pottery Museum : Records, 1980-1983


Quantity

1 cubic foot

History

A group of Dorchester residents, mainly from the Clam Point Neighborhood, organized early in 1980 to work to preserve the site and history of the Dorchester Pottery Works on Victory Road. The Pottery had closed in 1979 and in 1980 a series of fires had destroyed all but the brick building housing the unusual beehive kiln. This preservation group, the Dorchester Pottery Museum, Inc., planned to raise money to purchase the site and establish a museum and a community craft center. To this end they sponsored a variety of fundraising events including a walking tour of the Clam Point (formerly Harrison Square) neighborhood of Dorchester. While they did succeed in obtaining a Boston Landmarks Designation for the building, they were not successful in purchasing the site which was sold to a local contractor.

The Dorchester Pottery Museum, Inc. then turned its efforts toward preserving the history of the Works and used the funds they had raised to finance the processing of the Dorchester Pottery Works' records and the mounting of an exhibition on the history of the Pottery Works at the Library of the University of Massachusetts Boston, to publish an illustrated booklet on the Pottery Works, and to sponsor a permanent display of Dorchester Pottery, both decorative and industrial, at the Dorchester Historical Society.

Scope and Content

The records (1980-1983) of the Dorchester Pottery Museum, Inc., include by-laws, minutes, correspondence, proposals, accounts, photographs and clippings relating to the efforts of the group and to the Dorchester Pottery Works. For more information on the Works see the finding aid for Collection 18: Records of the Dorchester Pottery Works, 1906-1961. The Dorchester Pottery Museum applied for several funding grants and the copies of these applications in this collection give a history of their efforts and a significance of the Pottery Works. The clippings and the Boston Landmarks Commission report are good sources for information on the Dorchester Pottery Works. Also included is the printed history of the Dorchester Pottery Works published by the organization.