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Ruth A. Lindblom Collection

Identifier: CHC042


This collection relates to the Lindblom family who lived at 478 Huron Ave. It consists of graduation, and baptism certificates; financial and probate records; a WWI journal; personal correspondence; church publications and papers; and photographs. Topics include local charitable activities in Cambridge, the First Parish Unitarian Church, the Samuel Crothers Memorial Chapel, and church secretarial duties. The majority of the collection reflects the work and life of Ruth Abie Eveline Lindblom, but there are records of her siblings and parents present as well.


  • 1867-1983

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

Ruth Abie Eveline Lindblom’s parents John V. and Ida Christine Lindblom were born in Sweden. They moved to Massachusetts in the 1880s and lived in Cambridge for the rest of their lives. Ruth Lindblom was also a life-long resident of Cambridge. According to the baptism certificate in this collection, Ruth was born in 1892. The Cambridge city directory shows that in 1914 the family moved to 478 Huron Ave. Ruth Lindblom lived at this address until the time of her death, and this collection was eventually found there. She never married or had children. Religious life appears to have been very important to her. She worked as the secretary of the First Parish, Unitarian Church in Cambridge for 38 years and she retired from her position in 1947. Ruth remained closely involved in the church for her entire life.

Besides Ruth, the Lindbloms had three surviving children, a daughter, Edith Lindblom, and two sons, George V. Lindblom and Francis C. Nelson. Another son, Arthur Rudolph, appears to have died in childhood. George Lindblom fought in Europe during World War I.


1 linear foot

1 flat file

Scope and Contents

The items in this collection are primarily the papers of Ruth Abie Eveline Lindblom and provide evidence of her life and work. Several items relate to her siblings and these records appear to have been collected by Ruth. These include their baptism and graduation certificates as well as George’s World War I diary. Since Ruth Lindblom was so active in her church, this collection would be of particular interest to a researcher looking for information on the church of the First Parish in Cambridge. The collection is also a significant source of information on a family of Swedish immigrants in Cambridge.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Series I: The Lindblom Family 1890-1934
  2. Series II: George Lindblom 1918-1919
  3. Series III: Ruth Lindblom, Personal 1909-1982
  4. Series IV: Church of the First Parish, Cambridge 1867-1983
  5. Series V: Photographs c.1900-1980

Physical Location

Collection is stored on-site


Gift of the Spicer family, July 2008. The collection was found in the attic of their home, 478 Huron Ave.

Separated materials

Oversized items are stored separately in flat files for preservation purposes and photocopies have been filed with the collection. These include the original baptismal certificates of the Lindblom siblings in Series I: The Lindblom Family 1890-1934.

During the original processing of the collection, some items were removed from the collection. This includes Francis Nelson’s graduation certificate from the New England Conservatory, which was removed from Series I: The Lindblom Family 1890-1934. The reason for its removal is presently unknown.

Processing Information

Prepared and original finding aid by Aimee Dus, November 2008.

Finding aid updated by Brittany Fox, June 2020.

Encoded by: Brittany Fox, June 2020.
Inventory of the Ruth A. Lindblom Collection, 1867-1983
Prepared by Aimee Dus, November 2008. Finding aid updated by Brittany Fox, June 2020.
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Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives Repository

831 Massachusetts Avenue
2nd Floor
Cambridge Massachusetts 02139 US