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Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House : Photographs, 1887-1985


5 cartons, 2 oversize boxes


In December 1885, the Ellis Memorial Club for boys living in the South Cove neighborhood of Boston was established by Ida Eldredge. In 1890, the Club opened the Eldredge Home to provide lodging for boys. By the turn of the century, EMC had developed into a settlement house. It became the Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House in 1920 and, shortly thereafter, purchased a building on Berkeley Street in the South End. Since the 1960s they have provided day care, and elderly, health, disabled, and youth services.

Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of mounted photographs, and includes contact sheets, negatives, and three photograph albums. The photographs document a variety of the activities EMEH sponsored and its clientele from its early days, but particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. There are also some annual reports, correspondence, and other publications dating from the early part of this century and from the 1950s.