About the Cambridge Historical Society Image Collection

 

32 boxes                                                                             Processor:  Mark Vassar

32.12 linear feet                                                                   Date:  February 2011

 

Acquisition: The images in the Cambridge Historical Society Image Collection were collected at various times and from various personages and institutions. Few formal records remain of their donation or accession. Notations on the backs of individual photos indicate that the photos include gifts of:

 

J. Henry Blake, 1906

Sarah H. Swan, 1906

Isabella Batchelder, 1909

Susanna Willard, 1909

Mary Saunders, 1911, 1918

Francis Hill Bigelow, 1913

Mrs. Frank H. Teele, 1913

Alice Merrill White, 1918

Archibald Howe, 1920

Alice Longfellow, 1920

Mrs. E.L. Holt, 1921

Lexington Historical Society, 1926

Eleanor Gray Tudor, 1926

Eliza P. Huntington, 1927

Mary Deane Dexter, 1932

Mrs. Moses Perkins White, 1933

E. L. Soolien, Harvard College Library, 1934 Maria Bowen, 1934

Margaret Norton, 1908, 1909, 1939

Leona W. Frothingham, ca.1940

Margaret E. Cogswell, 1942

Eleanor Clarke Bowser, 1946

Roger Gilman, 1950

Lois Lilley Howe, 1952

Florence Maynard, 1952

Helen Fuller Dudley, 1957

E. W. Huckel, 1957

Harvard University Archives, 1957

Penelope Noyes, 1960

Ann B. Grimes, 1961

Margaret Thayer Lancaster, 1967

Cora D. Morse, 1967

Irene Thompson, 1968

Walter Dodge, 1970

Arlington Historical Society, 1981

Dix Campbell, 1984

Cedar Street House (Fitchburg, MA), 1988

Nancy Wells, 1993

Whitney Historic Programs, 2001

Elizabeth Meredith, 2001

Muriel Rosso, 2002

Beth McCarthy, 2002

Esther Rivinus, 2003

Beverly Rutstein, 2004

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 2004

Lewis Bushnell, 2005

Irene Dwyer, 2005

Andy Leighton, 2006

Grafton (NH) Historical Society, 2006

Conrad Wright, 2006

Betty Poltrack, 2007

Boothbay Region Historical Society, 2007

Susan Poverman, 2007

Marc Truant Associates, 2007

Bridget Walker, 2007

Helen Moulton, 2008

Larry Gobrecht, 2008

Cambridge Skating Club, 2009

Daniel Percoco, 2009

Suzanne Revaleone Greene, 2010

Richard Lingner, 2010

Shelley Cardiel, 2005-2010

Robert George Morrissey, 2010

Charles Sullivan, 2008-2010

Dorothy Blanchard, 2010

Caroline B. Shaw, Bursar of Radcliffe College, n.d.

Willard Phippins, n.d.

Cambridge Historical Commission, n.d. Beryl Beatley, n.d.

Graham Gund Associates, Inc., n.d.

Buffalo Historical Society, n.d.

Mrs. William F. Stearns, n.d.

Leo Pompiers, n.d.

Mary Isabella Gozzaldi, n.d.

Lucian Fuller, n.d.

Fran Snider, n.d.

 

Also includes a bequest of: Elizabeth Harris, n.d.

 
 

Access

There are no restrictions on items in this collection.

 
 

Permission to Publish

Requests for permission to publish from the collection should be made to the Executive Director.

 
 

Copyright 

Copyright in a large number of images in this collection has expired. Copyright in other images in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

 
 

Note

 Series I. Cambridge Neighborhoods and Series II. Cambridge Churches, were originally processed by Megan Friedel, February-April, 2002. Her original finding aid is located with the newly created finding aid in Box 1.  A number of images that were originally housed in the collection were determined to properly belong in other collections and were removed.  Most notable of these were images of Cambridge neighborhoods taken for the "Remove Overhead Wires" campaign of the Harvard Square Businessmen's Association in 1922 that were returned to the George G. Wright Collection and images of Cambridge buildings that were returned to the Lois Lilley Howe Photographic Collection.  Postcards were added to the Cambridge Historical Society Postcard Collection.

 

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes photographs, stereographs, etchings, prints, watercolors, glass plate negatives, etc., of Cambridge neighborhoods, buildings, churches, individuals, social organizations, objects, etc. The bulk of the photographs were taken between 1865 and 1922.

Series I, Cambridge Neighborhoods, ca.1830-1999, consists of photographs, prints, etchings, etc., of neighborhoods, squares, and landmarks throughout Cambridge during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Notable subjects are Harvard Square, Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Cambridge Arsenal, Fort Washington, and the Washington Elm.  These images also include: stereographs taken for the 1875 Cambridge Centennial Celebration of Washington taking command of the American Army; photographs from Harvard Class Albums, 1863, 1866, and 1887; and reproductions of photographs from the Emily Broussard Collection at the Cambridge Historical Commission. There is considerable overlap between this series and Series III, Cambridge Buildings and researchers are recommended to refer to that series as well.  This series is arranged in five subseries based on the geographic subdivisions of Cambridge, as outlined by the Cambridge Historical Commission's Survey of Architectural History in Cambridge:

 

Subseries A. Old Cambridge, ca.1830-1990

Subseries B. Cambridgeport, ca.1860-1945, n.d.

Subseries C. East Cambridge, ca.1940-1990, n.d.

Subseries D. Mid-Cambridge, ca.1860-1947, n.d.

Subseries E. North Cambridge, ca.1870-1940, n.d.

 

Series II, Cambridge Churches, 1831-1970, consists of photographs and prints of Cambridge churches and divinity school buildings. These images also include: stereoviews taken for the 1875 Cambridge Centennial Celebration of Washington taking command of the American Army and photographs from Harvard Class Albums, 1863, 1866, and 1887.  Several of the churches in this series are no longer standing, most having been replaced by later church buildings, or have since been demolished or moved.  Although there are currently no images in Subseries B, Cambridgeport or Subseries C, East Cambridge, this series is arranged in five subseries in order to provide for further expansion.  These subseries are based on the geographic subdivisions of Cambridge, as outlined by the Cambridge Historical Commission's Survey of Architectural History in Cambridge:

 

Subseries A. Old Cambridge, 1831-1970

Subseries B. Cambridgeport, (currently no images)

Subseries C. East Cambridge, (currently no images)

Subseries D. MidCambridge, 1880

Subseries E. North Cambridge, 1871-1904

 

Series III, Cambridge Buildings, 1848-1990, consists of photographs, prints, paintings, etc., of Cambridge houses and various other buildings.  These images also include: stereoviews taken for the 1875 Cambridge Centennial Celebration of Washington taking command of the American Army and photographs from Harvard Class Albums, 1863, 1866, 1887, and other unidentified years.  Many of the buildings in this series are no longer standing and have been replaced by later houses or commercial buildings, or have since been demolished or moved.  This series is arranged in five subseries in order to provide for further expansion.  These subseries are based on the geographic subdivisions of Cambridge, as outlined by the Cambridge Historical Commission's Survey of Architectural History in Cambridge:

 

Subseries A. Old Cambridge, 1848-1990

Subseries B. Cambridgeport, ca.1880-1900

Subseries C. East Cambridge, 1851-1990

Subseries D. MidCambridge, ca.1850-1960

Subseries E. North Cambridge, ca.1875-1960

 

Series IV, Social Organizations, Events, Objects, etc., 1855-1997, consists of photographs, prints, slides, etc., of groups, social organizations, modes of transportation, events, objects, etc.  Several of the photographs of groups are from Harvard Class Albums of various dates and include students, clubs, and staff.  Other groups include school groups, firemen, military groups, clubs, etc.  Images of transportation include horse-drawn carriages and trolleys, motor vehicles, trains, etc. Images of objects, advertisements, etc., include items in the Cambridge Historical Society collection or that are in some way connected with Cambridge history. Also included in this subseries are images not associated with Cambridge, but are examples of professional Cambridge photographers’ works. This series is arranged in four subseries:

 

Subseries A. Social Organizations, Groups, etc., 1855-1964

Subseries B. Objects, Advertisements, etc., ca.1866-1997

Subseries C. Transportation, ca.1860-1990

Subseries D. Events, 1868-1990

 

Series V, Harvard Buildings and related, ca.1850-1980, consists of photographs and other images documenting the buildings, gates, grounds, etc., of Harvard University.  These consist mainly of photographs from Harvard Class Albums of various dates.  A number of these buildings are no longer standing or have been altered or replaced by more recent buildings.

 

Series VI, People, 1759-1990, consists of photographs, paintings, prints, glass-plate negatives, etc., of various individuals (and at times their families) most of whom were either residents of Cambridge or important to the history of Cambridge in some manner.  A number of these consist of images of Harvard University professors, many of whom are unidentified, taken from Harvard Class Albums of various dates.  Some of these are more famous such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, George Washington, etc. The bulk of these images, however, consist of paintings, photographic portraits, and snapshots of ordinary Cambridge citizens.