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Cambridge Manual Training School Records,1887-1932

Identifier: 062

Collection Overview

Most of the material in the collection concerns Cambridge Manual Training School/Rindge Manual Training School/Rindge Technical School. It includes correspondence to and from Frederick Rindge concerning the school; other incoming and outgoing correspondence related to school business; financial records; student records; scrapbooks; and topical materials related to the building and various activities. One of the few items not related to the school specifically is an album containing photographs of the Cambridge Public Library and other buildings/institutions created through the Rindge gifts, which was presented to Rindge by the City of Cambridge in 1891.


  • 1887-1932, bulk 1887-1903

Access to Collection

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials in this collection are believed to be in the public domain. However, it is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.


The Rindge Technical School, originally the Cambridge Manual Training School, was a boys-only school founded in 1888 after Cambridge received a donation from Frederick H. Rindge. Rindge was a businessman from Cambridge who moved to California. The school was renamed the Rindge Manual Training School in 1899 and its benefactor remained invested in the school through the turn of the century. Students were taught technical trades such as woodworking and firefighting. Sports were also a part of the Rindge Technical School, beginning with football. In 1977, the Rindge Technical School merged with Cambridge Latin high school and became the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.


17.4 Linear feet

10.7 Cubic Feet

26 boxes

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Organization of Collection

Arrangement: Arranged into 5 series. Chronological or alphabetical within groupings in series. Series 3 includes foldered materials which are believed to have been added to the collection by the Cambridge Public Librarian. Series 1: Correspondence Series 2: Topical Series 3: Addendum Subject File Series 4: Financial Records Series 5: Student Records Series 6: Scrapbooks and Albums

Processing Information

Processed by Christine Di Bella in June 2015 and reprocessed and updated by Gabrielle Womack in March 2017 under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy.
Cambridge Manual Training School Records,1887-1932
Christine Di Bella (June 2015) and Gabby Womack (reprocessed and updated in March 2017)under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy.
June 2015 and March 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138 USA