Charles F. Walcott Archaelogical Collection, circa 1960-1970
The Charles F. Walcott Archaeological Collection was a gift from Dr. Charles F. Walcott to the Cambridge Public Library sometime in the late 1970s, early 1980s. Items include a variety of Native American tools and implements, mainly arrowheads but also scraping tools for wood, gun flint, quartz, a stone drill, bone, and felcite. Not much is known about the individual items other than what little accompanying information was included – usually at most a single sentence. Some of the items are identified as having come from the American South West, South America, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
The only outlier to the Native American objects in the collection is a box containing two bullets and a minie ball from the Battle of Antietam.
Also accompanying the box is a wooden plaque from a painting of Dr. Walcott’s father, Charles F. Walcott, Sr. A portrait was commissioned, however the location of said portrait is unknown.
- Circa 1960-1970
- Walcott, Charles F. (Charles Folsom), 1904-1989 (Creator, Person)
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He married Susan Cabot Walcott (1907-1998) and they had two sons Charles and Benjamin. The Walcott family lived on Sparks Street in Cambridge, where he conducted his famous bird study, until moving to Hancock, New Hampshire. The Walcott’s also had a summer home in North Haven, Maine.
Walcott died on July 1, 1989. Both he and his wife, Susan, are buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.
0.88 Linear feet
0.31 Cubic Feet
3 boxes (1 legal Hollinger box and 2 small clamshell boxes)
71 Items : Objects: 52 Paper items: 19 documents
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- Finding Aid for the Charles F. Walcott Archaeological Collection, circa, 1960-1970
- The finding aid was created by Rachel Sietz in November and December 2012 under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy and coverted to EAD by Allyson Doyle in September 2016 under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy.
- November and December 2012 and September 2016
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