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Title Woburn Temperance Associations collection
Dates 1828-1892
Bulk Dates 1828-1839
Author Woburn Public Library
Extent 1 volume and 2 folders
Collection number AS-7
Admin/Biographical History The Woburn Association for the Promotion of Temperance was organized on March 28, 1828. As of April 30, 1833 there were 664 members. In total 811 members were connected with the society. The Woburn Abstinence Society for the Promotion of Temperance and the Suppression of Intemperance split off from the former association by 1829 and had a similar mission "to relinquish wholly the use of ardent spirits and all beverages containing it..." The two organizations met jointly in 1834 and at that time had a combined 930 members. Other later temperance organizations were the Mishawum Division, no. 59, Sons of Temperance (1862), the Perseverance Division No. 6, Sons of Temperance (1882), the Woburn Reform Club (n.d.) and the Committee of 100 (n.d.). The sale of liquor became a political issue in Woburn in 1881 with a change in state law that allowed the sale of liquor but required a yearly vote at town meeting to approve it.
Scope & Content Thematic collection of the constitutions and ephemera of several Woburn temperance organizations including the Woburn Association for the Promotion of Temperance, the Mishawum Division and Perseverance Division No. 6 of the Sons of Temperance, the Woburn Reform Club, and the Committee of 100. Record book, constitutions, broadsides and annual report.

Source Various donors
Cite as Woburn Temperance Associations Collection,
Woburn Public Library, Dr. Thomas J. Glennon Archives, Woburn, MA 01801.
Copyrights No restrictions.
Subjects Alcohol abuse
Alcoholic beverages
Alcoholism
Associations
Drinking
Drinking problem
Temperance
Local Subjects Committee of 100
Mishawum Division and Perseverance Division No. 6 of the Sons of Temperance
Woburn Reform Club
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