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Chelsea Fire Club record book

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The Chelsea Fire Club of Norwich, Connecticut was a voluntary association instituted on December 11, 1788 to protect the waterfront district of Chelsea, or Norwich Landing, from fire. The Club's first elected officers were Ebenezer Whiting, chairman, and Ebenezer Huntington, secretary. Participants included Jabez Huntington, Levi Huntington, and members of the Coit, Howland and Perkins families, among others. The Chelsea Fire Club record book, dated 1788 to 1796, contains the Club's by-laws, meeting minutes, and an account of fines paid by members. Minutes dated 1788 December 11 to 1796 May 6 concern attendance, membership, and the election of officers; Club regulations; maintenance of fire-fighting equipment; procedures for fire alarms; and petitioning local government for support. The possible dissolution of the Club was raised at the annual meeting of December 22, 1795, and on May 6, 1796 the Club voted to transfer the care of its fire engine, engine house and apparatus to Norwich's Second Ward fire company.
Chelsea Fire Club (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1788 - 1796
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 638
Fire clubs (Cooperative societies) -- Connecticut -- Norwich
Fire prevention -- Connecticut -- Norwich
Fire fighters
Norwich (Conn.) -- History -- 18th century
Minutes (Records)
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Acquisition: Donated by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1899, as part of the Ford collection.
Physical Description
Extent: .2 linear feet 1 volume
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19374860
MSS Unit ID: 638
Archives collections id: archives_collections_638
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): 758977553
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7532bd00-e0e7-0134-8a59-49d1de38ccb5
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