Northampton Community Chest

Northampton Community Chest Records, 1922-1969.

6 boxes (3 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 052

Community Chest of Northampton, Massachusetts, that sought the federation of non-sectarian social service agencies for the raising of funds necessary to carry on the work of several agencies doing welfare work in town. Records include constitution and by-laws, Board of Directors membership lists, minutes, annual reports, campaign reports, ledgers, annual meeting planning documents, scrapbooks, and newsclippings.

Historical Note

In 1922, the Northampton Chamber of Commerce retired from its leadership in the local Community Chest, and a separate Northampton Community Chest Association was established. The Community Chest sought the federation of non-sectarian social service agencies doing welfare work in Northampton, Massachusetts, for the raising of funds necessary to carry on the work of their several agencies.

The Community Chest Association continued its work until 1933 when four of six agencies withdrew from the Chest. The Community Chest Board then recommended that the Council of Social Agencies serve in the Chest’s former capacity and it briefly disbanded. In 1936, however, the Community Chest resumed its work.

The Chest frequently did not meet its campaign goals; public apathy and ignorance of the Chest’s purpose were reasons often cited for the failures. Public confidence in the Chest was greatly weakened by a theft of funds from the Chest Office in 1957. The Board minutes reflect an interest in joining the United Fund as early as 1955, but that decision was deferred until 1969, when the Northampton Community Chest association reincorporated as the Hampshire United Fund, Inc.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Records consist of constitution and by-laws, Board of Directors membership lists, minutes, annual reports, campaign reports, ledgers, annual meeting planning documents, scrapbooks, and newsclippings.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Northampton Community Chest Records (MS 52). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Anneliese Ostendarp, June 1985.


Additional Information

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Language
English.


Series Descriptions
1922-1969

Includes minutes of the Community Chest Association (1922-1934, 1954-1969). Minutes were kept annually and include some correspondence, campaign reports, and committee reports. Annual Meeting/Dinner materials (1961-1965) include minutes of that meeting, presidents’ reports, and correspondence concerning dinner and arrangements. Annual Reports (1949-1967), photocopied, summarize the Chest’s activities of the year including campaign results and agency disbursements. Agency Allocations (1967-1969) include agency budgets and requests as well as Budget Committee minutes, notes, and final allocations.

1940-1964

Campaign analyses (1940-1943, 1964) made by outside agencies. The reports include campaign results by committee (residence, mercantile, industry, school, and institution), committee members, campaign expenses, and conclusions and recommendations.

1945-1968
Arrangement:

Divided into two sub-series.

Scope and content:

The first sub-series, Financial Records, consists of four scrapbooks (1945, 1956-1962). The scrapbooks contain Community Chest Campaign newspaper clippings. The second sub-series is comprised of ledgers (1958-1968).

Contents List
Series 1. Administration
1922-1969
Constitution and By-Laws
c.1922-1966
Box 1:1
Board of Directors
1953-1964
Box 1:2
Council of Social Agencies
1942-1955
Box 1:3
Minutes
1922-1934, 1954-1969
Box 1:4-11
Annual Meeting/Dinner
1948-1965
Box 2:12-14
Annual Meeting/Dinner–Plaque Awards
1961-1965
Box 2:15
Agency Allocations
1967-1969
Box 2:16-19

Series 3. Reports
1940-1964
Annual Report
1949-1967
Box 3:1-3
Campaign Report
1940-1943, 1964
Box 3:4-8
Comparison of Actual Operations with Budgets and Recommended Allocations
1949
Box 3:9

Series 3. Financial Records and Scrapbooks
1945-1968
Campaign Records
1966-1968
Box 3:1
Scrapbook
1945
Box 3:2
Scrapbooks
1957-1962
Box 4:3-5
Ledgers
1958-1962
Box 5:6-9
Ledgers
1963-1968
Box 6:10-12

Subjects

  • Charities--Massachusetts--Easthampton--History--Sources
  • Federations, Financial (Social service)--History--Sources
  • Human services--Massachusetts--Northampton--History--Sources
  • Northampton (Mass.)--Social conditions

Contributors

  • Northampton Community Chest Association (Northampton, Mass.)

Types of material

  • Account books
  • Scrapbooks
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