Welcome to the Rivers Archives!

The Rivers Archives was established in 2015 as part of the school’s centennial celebration. The purpose of the archives is to preserve the records of the school and make them available to students, faculty, alumni and the community at large.

The holdings include documents, photographs, publications, and other materials accumulated over the history of the school and at its four different campuses. These materials document the rich and varied history of the school.

Meet The Archivist

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    Mr. David Burzillo 

    History, IDS, Archivist
    Harvard University - ALM
    Worcester State College - MEd
    Trinity College - BA


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    Here is a list of some of the materials that can be found in The Rivers School Archives collection:

    • Records of the school’s headmasters
    • Catalogues, viewbooks, student directories
    • The Current, Riparian, Edge, and other school publications
    • Photographs of students, sporting events, performances, and other school-related events
    • Records of major school events, such as graduations, prize days, and anniversary celebrations
    • Videos and dvds of major school events, musical and dramatic performances, and sporting events
    • Records of the school’s four campuses
    • Architectural drawings and other materials related to campus building projects
    • Records from the Country Day School for Boys of Boston

    • Have a question about the archives?
    • Have a question about Rivers history?
    • Do you have Rivers materials you would like to donate to the archives?
    • Would you like to volunteer at the archives?

    You can contact the archives in one of the following ways:

    You can email the archives at: TheRiversArchives@rivers.org

    You can reach David Burzillo, the school archivist, at: 781-235-9300, ext. 420

    You can write the archives at: 
    The Rivers Archives
    The Rivers School
    333 Winter Street
    Weston, MA 02493

From the archives

Rivers School Application Form for the 1916-1917 school year
This is one of the few documents that survives from the school’s first two years. It is an application form sent by Robert Rivers on June 26, 1916 to Howard and Helen Blackwell of Cambridge, who were contemplating sending their seven-year-old son George to Rivers in the 1916-1917 school year. The Blackwells toured the school, but George was eventually enrolled at Browne and Nichols School, which was much closer to home. While George Blackwell did not attend Rivers, he would come to Rivers in 1953 and serve as Headmaster from 1953-1968. George’s younger brother John was later enrolled at Rivers, and he graduated in the class of 1927, in the school’s fifth graduating class. He would later serve as a consultant to the Board concerning the purchase of the current campus in Weston.

The Blackwell family has a quite prominent place in the histories of medicine, abolition, and women’s rights in the United States. This application, and the letters between Rivers and the Blackwells, is part of the Blackwell Family Papers in the Harvard University Archives.