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Harry Bagan Photographs

Identifier: P027


The Harry Bagan Photograph Collection consists of three photographs with Harry Bagan. The images date between 1910 and 1951 because Bagan was an active officer between 1910 and 1944. Other members of the Fat Man’s Club are unidentified.


  • ca. 1910-1951

Language of Materials

Material is in English.


Collection is available for research under the CHC rules of use.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives.

Historical Note

Harry Bagan (d. 1952) was born on Prince Edward Island but lived at 1105 Mass Ave. during his residency in Cambridge. He joined the Cambridge police in 1910 as a reserve officer and retired from the force in 1944. He married Helen M. Bagan (1896-1986) and they had two children, Helen M. and George. Helen was a member of the Cambridge Women’s Club and the couple were known to be close to President Roosevelt and his family. During the 1930s, Bagan was a member and then president of the United States Fat Man’s Club. He died on April 29, 1952 and was buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington.

The Fat Man’s Club was a widespread trend that began around 1910 that celebrated physical girth and required a weight qualification of over 190 pounds. There were many regional and state groups, including the one in Cambridge. Most annual meetings for this branch were held at the Pocahontas Club, Lynnfield Center but there were variations some years.


1 folders (3 photographs)

Physical Location

Collection is stored on-site.

Collection is stored as part of Small Collections.


The photographs were donated by Maria Sousa in October of 1995. There is little biographical information on the donor.

Processing Information

Processing and original finding aid by: Brittany Fox, February 2019.

Encoded by: Brittany Fox, March 2020.
Harry Bagan Photographs
Processing and original finding aid by Brittany Fox, February 2019. Machine-readable finding aid created by Brittany Fox, March 2020.
March 26, 2020.
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Repository Details

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