Cambridge Historical Objects, 1775-1924
There are several related objects that have been grouped together into subseries, including the following:
1. Historic Tree Memorabilia, which consists of pieces of two historic Cambridge trees (the Washington Elm and the Spreading Chestnut Tree) and the Brick Meeting House.
2. The Brewster House, which consists of a lantern and two foot warmers.
3. The John Snelling Popkin Estate, which consists of a tobacco jar, small lantern, sabot (wooden shoe), and a chair – all owned from the estate of John Snelling Popkin (1792 – 1852), a professor of Greek at Harvard University. Popkin lived on “North Avenue near the common,” according to the 1852 Cambridge Directory. North Avenue is now Massachusetts Avenue. An article from the April 19, 2012 edition of the Harvard Gazette, titled “Harvard’s Long-ago Student Risings,” briefly profiles Popkin and is located in collection documentation.
There are four oversize objects, Dirk (Box 10), West Cambridge Whig Party Flag (Box 11), City of Cambridge Voter Ballot Boxes (Box 12 and 13). These objects are currently located in Ca2h storage.
This collection was originally called “Cambridge Curios.” There was no particular order or arrangement to the collection, though the majority of the items were identified either with a label or a catalog card describing what the object was and any known information about it, generally totaling two or three sentences. One item described with a catalog card is missing: “the whale oil lamp – 3 wick.” These cards, along with any historical information about the collection and photographs of unboxed objects, are located in collection documentation.
- Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge, Mass.) (Creator, Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
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24.75 Linear feet
10.81 Cubic Feet
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Organization of Collection
- Cambridge Historical Objects, 1775-1924
- Rachel Seitz (finding aid author Fall 2012), Alyssa Pacy (finding aid author December 2012 and 2013) and Gabrielle Womack (EAD author May 2017)
- December 2013
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository
Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge MA 02138 USA