COLLECTION GUIDES

1882-1968

Offsite Storage Inventory

Restrictions on Access

The Herter family papers 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.

Note: This collection is PARTIALLY PROCESSED.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of family correspondence, scrapbooks (including one for Mary C.P. Herter's art work as a child), and photograph albums of American artists Albert and Adele McGinnis Herter, their son, Christian A. Herter, congressman, Massachusetts governor and U.S. secretary of state, and his wife Mary C. (Pratt). Other family members and close friends included in the collection are Everit A. Herter, Caroline Keck Herter Bridge; Bessie McGinnis Van Vorst and Lithgow Osborne. Collection also includes diaries of Mary C.P. Herter, including some kept as a child, and a typed transcript of the WWI diary of Everit A. Herter, sergeant in Company A, 40th Engineers, camouflage.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift of E. Miles Herter, 1981.

Restrictions on Access

The Herter family papers 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.

Note: This collection is PARTIALLY PROCESSED.

Summary Description of the Collection

Carton 1SH 15FF
Adele McGinnis Herter, correspondence, n.d., 1882-1903.
Carton 2SH 15FG $
Adele McGinnis Herter, correspondence, 1904-1911.
Carton 3SH 15FH /
Adele McGinnis Herter, correspondence, 1912-1917.
Carton 4SH 15FI +
Adele McGinnis Herter, correspondence, 1918.
Carton 4SH 15FI +
Letters on death of Everit A. Herter, 1918.
Carton 4SH 15FI +
Adele McGinnis Herter, correspondence, 1919-1924.
Carton 5SH 15FJ %
Adele McGinnis Herter, correspondence, 1925-1926.
Carton 5SH 15FJ %
Adele McGinnis Herter, miscellaneous, n.d., 1907-27.
Carton 5SH 15FJ %
Everit A. Herter, WWI diary, typed transcript, 18 Jan.-9 June 1918.
Carton 5SH 15FJ %
Lydia Herter, school writings.
Carton 5SH 15FJ %
Lydia Herter, printed matter.
Carton 5SH 15FJ %
Lydia Herter, miscellaneous papers, 1895-1901.

Includes bills, address book, blank postcards; Christian A. Herter, childhood health record, etc.

Carton 6SH 15FK 0
Miscellaneous papers, 1911-1914.
Carton 6SH 15FK 0
Issues of Harvard Lampoon.
Carton 6SH 15FK 0
Family photographs.
Carton 6SH 15FK 0
Printed matter.
Carton 6SH 15FK 0
Christian A. Herter, correspondence and miscellaneous papers, n.d., 1889-1917.
Carton 7SH 15FL 1
Christian A. Herter, correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1918-1921.
Carton 7SH 15FL 1
Letters on the death of Everet A. Herter, 1918.
Carton 8SH 15FM 2
Christian A. Herter, correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1922-1958.
Carton 9SH 15FN 3
Christian A. Herter, correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1959-1964.
Carton 9SH 15FN 3
Katharine B. Titus, letterbook, 1894-96.
Carton 9SH 15FN 3
Mary C. Pratt, sewing samples, misc. school papers, Red Cross certificates, birth certificate, passport.
Carton 10SH 15FP 5
Miscellaneous papers.

Includes documents on the Paris Peace Conference, diplomatic service, American Relief Administration (1922), also includes printed matter; genealogy notes, stamps, currency, undated writings, etc.

Carton 11SH 15FQ 6
Mary C. Pratt, diary of a journey abroad to England and Scotland, 26 July-30 Aug. 1911.
Carton 11SH 15FQ 6
Mary C. Pratt, line-a-day diary, 1913-1917.
Carton 11SH 15FQ 6
Mary C. Pratt, diary, 10 June-? Aug. 1905, trip to California, Canada, Cleveland, New York. Also in vol.: Diary, 1907, Yellowstone Park.
Carton 11SH 15FQ 6
Mary C. Pratt, diary, 3-6 Aug. 1908, trip out west.
Carton 11SH 15FQ 6
Mary C. Pratt, address book, ca. 1915-20.
Carton 11SH 15FQ 6
Mary C. Pratt, dance booklet, 1915, Yale junior prom.
Carton 11SH 15FQ 6
Mary C. (Pratt) Herter, bride's book [gift list], 1917.
Carton 12SH 15FR 7
Christian A. Herter, scrapbook, "Voting record," 1943-44.
Carton 12SH 15FR 7
Christian A. Herter, scrapbook, "Roll call voting record," Nov.-Dec. 1944, 1945.
Carton 12SH 15FR 7
Christian A. Herter, roll call voting records, 1943-52.
Carton 12SH 15FR 7
Christian A. Herter, scrapbook, Congress, 1947 (see Oversize).
Carton 12SH 15FR 7
Christian A. Herter, scrapbook, "Republican victory dinner in honor of his excellency Christian A. Herter…," 13 Jan. 1953.
Carton 12SH 15FR 7
Christian A. Herter, scrapbook, "John Foster Dulles Memorial Stamp Ceremony," 1960.
Carton 13SH 15FS 8
Christian A. Herter, military notebook, 21 May-9 July 1917.
Carton 13SH 15FS 8
Christian A. Herter, official engagements diaries, under secretary of state, 1957-1959.
Carton 13SH 15FS 8
Christian A. Herter, memorandum book: "Books Read," 1954-60.
Carton 13SH 15FS 8
Christian A. Herter, Christmas card address book, ca. 1950s.
Carton 13SH 15FS 8
Christian A. Herter, "Library List and Books Loaned," 1947-62.
Carton 13SH 15FS 8
Christian A. Herter, degrees and honors.
Carton 13SH 15FS 8
Map of Malta.
Reel-to-reel caseSH 17UL I
Recording of the dedication of the Christian A. Herter professorship chair in International Relations at Brandeis University, 27 April 1968
Reel-to-reel caseSH 17US P
Recording of the dedication of the Christian A. Herter professorship chair in International Relations at Brandeis University, 27 April 1968
OS Box 1
Christian A. Herter, oversize diplomas and honors; scrapbook, Congress, 1947.Stored ONSITE at Ms. N-1393 (oversize).

Photographs Removed from the Collection

The following photograph albums were removed to the Christian A. Herter Photographs, MHS Photo Archives:

1-5. Volumes I-V, photograph albums documenting his term as governor of Massachusetts, 1953-1956.

6. Untitled. Pictures numbered, not labeled. Christian Herter in Europe, probably ca. 1960.

7. "Happy Days with the 102nd Wing." Index to photographs at beginning of volume.

8. "Christian Herter in Berlin." Newspaper clippings and photographs documenting his 1959 visit to Berlin.

9. "Reception to the public - Washington's birthday - Hall of Flags." 22 Feb. 1955. Pictures not labeled.

10. "The Under Secretary of State and Mrs. Christian A. Herter." Photographs of Korea and Japan, labeled on the backs.

Preferred Citation

Herter family papers, 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:

Herter family -- Genealogy.
Herter, Adele McGinnis, 1869-1946.
Herter, Albert, 1871-1950.
Herter, Christian Archibald, 1895-1966.
Herter, Everit Albert, 1894-1918.
Herter, Mary Caroline Pratt, 1895-1980.
Bridge, Caroline Keck Herter.
Osborne, Lithgow, 1892-1980.
Van Vorst, John, Mrs., 1873-1928.

Organizations:

United States. Army. Engineer Battalion, 40th (1917-1918)
Massachusetts. Governor (1953-1957 : Herter)
United States. Dept. of State.

Subjects:

Artists -- United States.
Cabinet officers -- United States.
Children.
Diplomats -- United States.
Legislators -- United States.
Women artists.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives.
Family history -- 1850-1899.
Family history -- 1900-1949.
Scrapbooks -- ca. 1900.
Scrapbooks -- 1943-1953.
Massachusetts -- Politics and government -- 1951-
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.