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Cornelia B. Wheeler Papers

Identifier: 061

Collection Overview

This collection documents the work of Cornelia B. Wheeler. The collection reflects Councillor Wheeler’s work on and off the Council. It includes extensive material regarding the Harvard Square Development Taskforce. Records also include meeting agendas, clippings, project material (e.g. Bennett Street Yard; Red Line Extension; parking; traffic; zoning); correspondence, and notes.


  • 1947-2003


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

The Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections does not hold copyright on the materials in the collection. It is the responsibility of the user to understand and observe copyright law and obtain copyright from the original creator.

The copyright law of the United States, Title 17, U.S. Code, governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction of copyrighted material is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research" (17 U.S.C. § 108). If a user makes a request for or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable to prosecution for copyright infringement. The Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


Cornelia B. Wheeler, née Balch, was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on September 3, 1909. She was one of six children of Franklin G. and Lucy (Bowditch) Balch. She was married to Leonard Wheeler from 1929 until his death in 1995. They lived in Cambridge throughout their marriage and had four children.

Wheeler was very active in Cambridge politics and civic life from the 1930s through the 1990s. She was elected to three terms on the Cambridge City Council (1964-65; 1966-67; 1968-69). After leaving the Council, she organized a citizens group that was involved in the development planning for Harvard Square. She donated a substantial amount of money for the Wheeler Water Garden in Danehy Park in Cambridge and it bears her name. Wheeler died on August 14, 2005.


2.5 Linear feet

2.17 Cubic Feet

9 boxes (8 Hollinger boxes and 1 oversize box)

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. Harvard Square Development Taskforce

Series 2. Cambridge Business

Series 3. Topical Files

Series 4. Visual Materials

This collection is arranged into 4 series, alphabetically within series.

Custodial History

This collection is a subject file. This collection was donated by Cornelia Wheeler in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Allyson Doyle in October 2016
Finding Aid to the Cornelia B. Wheeler Papers, 1947-2003
The finding aid was created by Allyson Doyle under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy in October 2016
October 23, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
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