COLLECTION GUIDES

1901-1955

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Charles Henry Wheelwright Foster diaries are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of diaries kept by Charles Henry Wheelwright Foster of Charles River Village in Needham, and Marblehead, Mass., 1901-55. The collection also includes transcriptions completed by Katherine H. Griffin, 1999.

Collection Description

Fifty-five volumes of diaries kept by Charles Henry Wheelwright Foster (1859-1955) of Charles River Village in Needham, and Marblehead, Mass., 1901-55. Yearly diaries contain daily entries recording weather, health of family members, business (trusts and investment banking), social activities, travel to Cuba and Europe, yachting in Marblehead, polo in Dedham, Mass., billiards at the Union Club in Boston, musical interests, and work as board member of local institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital. Foster also describes his house in Needham (Castle Farm), his summer house in Marblehead, and his hotel in Marblehead, "The Ship's Cabin."

Family members mentioned include his first wife Mabel Chase (Hill), second wife Mary F. (Speiden); and children Charles, Catherine, Reginald, Hilda, Edith, Caroline, Barbara, and John. Collection also includes photographs, clippings, and other ephemera, both pasted into the diaries and loose. Typed transcriptions of the diaries are available on CD in the Library. Included with the transcriptions are yearly "notes" which summarize each year's activities. See the Librarian for more information.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles H. W. Foster, Jan. 2000, Jan. 2004.

Restrictions on Access

The Charles Henry Wheelwright Foster diaries are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Other Formats

Transcriptions available in the MHS Reading Room, DF-007; paper copies also available in cartons 15-17.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Carton 1SH 1589 P
Diaries: 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906
Carton 2SH 158A Q
Diaries: 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912
Carton 3SH 158B R
Diaries: 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
Carton 4SH 158C S
Diaries: 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924
Carton 5SH 158D T
Diaries: 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930
Carton 6SH 158E U
Diaries: 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936
Carton 7SH 158F V
Diaries: 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942
Carton 8SH 158G W
Diaries: 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948
Carton 9SH 158H X
Diaries: 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955
Carton 9SH 158H X
Loose items removed from diaries: 1901-1907
Carton 10SH 158I Y
Loose items removed from diaries: 1908-1913
Carton 11SH 158J Z
Loose items removed from diaries: 1914-1920
Carton 12SH 158K -
Loose items removed from diaries: 1921-1929
Carton 13SH 158L .
Loose items removed from diaries: 1930-1942
Carton 14SH 158M
Loose items removed from diaries: 1943-1955
Carton 15SH 17AY B
Transcripts of diaries with photocopies of loose matter: 1901-1920
Carton 16SH 17AZ C
Transcripts of diaries with photocopies of loose matter: 1921-1940
Carton 17SH 17B1 M
Transcripts of diaries with photocopies of loose matter: 1941-1955

Preferred Citation

Charles Henry Wheelwright Foster diaries, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Farwell, Edith Hill Foster, 1893-1977.
Foster, Charles Orin, 1887-1933.
Foster, Hilda Chase, 1891-1974.
Foster, Reginald Candler, 1889-1945.
Sizer, Caroline Wheelwright Foster, b. 1896.
Tappan, Catherine Hill Foster, 1888-1975.
Foster family.
Griffin, Katherine Hoeh, 1959- .

Organizations:

Union Club of Boston.

Subjects:

Businessmen--Diaries.
Executors and administrators--Diaries.
Polo players.
Voyages and travels--Diaries.
Weather.
Yachting--Massachusetts--Marblehead.
Cuba--Description and travel.
Europe--Description and travel--1919-1944.
Marblehead (Mass.)--Social life and customs.
Needham (Mass.)--Social life and customs.
Diaries--1901-1955.