COLLECTION GUIDES

1870-1962

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

Note: This collection is PARTIALLY PROCESSED.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection includes the papers of businessman, inventor and aviation pioneer Godfrey Lowell Cabot of Boston, Mass. Included are his personal correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and writings (including typescripts). Also included are correspondence and cash accounts of Godfrey L. Cabot, Inc. regarding the manufacture of carbon black. Also includes papers related to Cabot's involvement in aviation including correspondence and subject files related to patents, the Aero Club of New England, the Aero Pickup Service Corps; and papers related to Cabot's role as U.S. Navy pilot during World War I, 1917-18.

Biographical Sketch

Godfrey Lowell Cabot was born in Boston on 26 February 1861, the son of Samuel and Hannah Lowell (Jackson) Cabot. He graduated from Harvard College in 1882 and did post-graduate work at Zurich Polytechnicum, the University of Switzerland, Harvard, and Norwich University. He married Maria B. Moors on 23 June 1890. Cabot became a successful businessman and manufacturer of carbon black. He was active in community affairs and served as secretary of the New England Watch and Ward Society and as trustee of many institutions. In addition, Cabot was a famous aviation pioneer, a U.S. Navy pilot during World War I, and a noted philanthropist. He died on 2 November 1962.

Collection Description

Cabot's papers contain his personal correspondence, diaries, business and financial records, and photographs. There are separate files for Harvard University, the New England Watch and Ward Society, and the Maria Moors Cabot Foundation. The largest series, however, relates to Cabot's involvement in aviation.

The aviation papers consist of boxes (numbered 29-60) are arranged in chronological order by year and, within each year, in alphabetical order under correspondent or subject. In some places, Cabot's outgoing and incoming correspondence are in separate files for the same year.

Acquisition Information

Given by Ralph Bradley, 1969.

Restrictions on Access

Note: This collection is PARTIALLY PROCESSED.

Processing Note

The Godfrey Lowell Cabot papers are only partially processed. This guide contains a complete box and folder list for the largest series, the Aviation Papers, and a preliminary box list for the remainder of the collection. The Aviation Papers have been arranged chronologically by year, and alphabetical order within each year.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Papers, 1870-1969

General correspondence and miscellaneous papers.

Box 1
1870-1889
Box 2
1890-1899
Box 3
1900-1909
Box 4
1906-1909
Box 5
1910-1919
Box 6
1919-1929
Box 7
1930-1939
Box 8
1940-1949
Box 9
1950-1959
Box 10
1950-1969
Box 11
1950-1969
Box 12
1950-1969

Harvard Papers, 1927-1941

Materials pertaining to alumni activities of the Class of 1882.

Box 13
Harvard Class of 1882
Box 14
1933-1941

Cash Accounts, 1940-1954

Box 15-16
Personal accounts, 1940-1953
Box 15-16
Godfrey L. Cabot, Inc. Accounts, 1953-1954

Watch and Ward Society, 1913-1921

General materials pertaining to this society of which Cabot served as secretary.

Box 17-18

Maria Moors Cabot Foundation

Prize awards materials and foundation pictorial report.

Box 19

Business Correspondence, 1934-1962

Materials relating to Godfrey L. Cabot, Inc.

Box 20
1934-1937
Box 21
Miscellaneous business correspondence
Box 22
1938-1962

Undated Material

Box 23

Miscellaneous Papers

This material is unsorted.

Box 24-27

Printed Materials

Journals and reports of various institutions.

Box 28

Aviation Papers, 1892-1959

This series is arranged chronologically by year. Each year is in alphabetical order according to correspondent or subject. In some places, Cabot's outgoing and incoming correspondence are in separate files for the same year.

Box 29
Printed Materials

1892-1915

Box 30
Patent, 1892
Box 30
Patent, 1893
Box 30
GLC Aviation, 31 Dec 1903
Box 30
Aviation Misc., 1905
Box 30
Patents, 1912
Box 30
Invoices, 1914
Box 30
Aero Club of America, 1915
Box 30
Aviation Misc., 1915
Box 30
Blueprints, 1915
Box 30
Burgess Co., 1915
Box 30
Conference Committee on National Preparedness, 1915
Box 30
National Aeroplane Fund, 1915
Box 30
Patents, 1915
Box 30
U.S. Government, Navy Department, 1915
Box 30
U.S. Government, War Department, 1915

1916: A-B

Box 31
Aerial Age Weekly
Box 31
Aero Club of America, (Jan.-Dec.)
Box 31
Aero Club of New England
Box 31
American Airship Co.
Box 31
Aviation Misc.
Box 31
Aviation & Aeronautical Engineering
Box 31
Blueprints
Box 31
Burgess Co.
Box 31
Burns, Walter G., & Co.

1916: C-W

Box 32
Cabot, Cabot, & Forbes
Box 32
Cameron Engineering Co.
Box 32
Curtiss Marne Flying Trophy
Box 32
Eastern Aeroplane Co., Inc.
Box 32
Harvard University
Box 32
Hathaway, Josiah
Box 32
Howard, Henry
Box 32
Invitations
Box 32
Legal
Box 32
Mass., Commonwealth of
Box 32
Mass. Institute of Technology
Box 32
National Aeroplane Fund
Box 32
Newspaper Clippings
Box 32
Phillips, John C.
Box 32
Plympton, Stevens, & Perrin
Box 32
Quill, D.W.
Box 32
Read, Edward Sears
Box 32
Sloane Manufacturing Co.
Box 32
Sturtevant, B.F., Co.
Box 32
Thomas Aeromotor Co., Inc.
Box 32
Transcontinental Aeroplane Contest

U.S. Government files

Box 32
House of Representatives
Box 32
House Ways and Means Committee
Box 32
Navy Department
Box 32
First Naval District, Misc.
Box 32
Headquarters Eastern Division
Box 32
Mass. Volunteer Militia, Naval Militia, Dept. of (Boston)
Box 32
National Aerial Coast Patrol Commission
Box 32
Naval Aeronautics, Office of
Box 32
Naval Militia Affairs, Washington
Box 32
9th Deck Division, Naval Militia Mass.
Box 32
Secretary of the Navy
Box 32
U.S. Naval Aeronautic Station, Pensacola, FL
Box 32
Post Office Dept.
Box 32
Senate
Box 32
Lodge, Henry C., Private Land Claim Committee
Box 32
Weeks, John W.
Box 32
War Department
Box 32
Chief Signal Officer, Office of
Box 32
Wright Co.

1917

Box 33
Aero Club of America
Box 33
Aero Club of France
Box 33
Aero Club of New England
Box 33
American Bridge Co.
Box 33
Armstrong, Harry Y.
Box 33
Aviation Misc.
Box 33
Aviation
Box 33
Torpedo Carrying Seaplane, GLC & Rear Admiral Fiske
Box 33
Aviation & Aeronautical Engineering
Box 34
Burgess Co.
Box 34
Callan, John Gurney
Box 34
Cameron Engineering Co.
Box 34
Fiske, B.A.
Box 34
Flying
Box 34
Hamer Improved Washer Co.
Box 34
Hopkins, Nelson S.
Box 34
Hyde, William Albert
Box 34
Marshall, Henry Newton
Box 34
Massachusetts, Commonwealth of

Massachusetts Institute of Technology files

Box 34
Klennin, Alexander
Box 34
Misc.
Box 34
U.S. Naval Aviation Detachment
Box 34
Misc.
Box 34
Misery Island Hangar
Box 34
Newsclippings
Box 34
Patent
Box 34
Saugus Property
Box 34
Savage Arms Corp.
Box 34
Simplex Automobile Co.
Box 34
Sperry Gyroscope Co.
Box 34
Sturtevant, B.F., Co.
Box 34
U.S. Government, Misc.

U.S. Government, Navy Dept. files

Box 34
Blood, John Bald (Commanding Officer),
Box 34
First Naval District, Aide for Information
Box 34
First Naval District, Office of Aviation Aide
Box 34
First Naval District, Aviation Station, Marblehead, Mass.
Box 35
Boston Navy Yard, Commandant, Office of
Box 35
First Naval District, Marblehead, Mass., April-August.
Box 35
Massachusetts Volunteer Militia
Box 35
Mustin, Henry C.
Box 35
Naval Consulting Board of the U.S.
Box 35
Naval Operations, Chief of
Box 35
9th Deck Division
Box 35
Secretary of the Navy
Box 35
U.S. Navy Aeronautic Station
Box 35
U.S. Navy Aeronautic Station, Senate
Box 35
Treasury Department
Box 35
War Department
Box 35
Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation

1918

Box 36
Aero Club of America
Box 36
Aero Club of New England
Box 36
Alexander, M.J., Mfg. Co., Inc.
Box 36
Aviation Misc.
Box 36
Blueprint
Box 36
Burgess Co.
Box 36
Clark, Merrill E.
Box 36
Fiske, B.A.
Box 36
Flying
Box 36
Harvard University
Box 36
Marshall, N.
Box 36
Mass., Commonwealth of
Box 36
Mass. Institute of Technology
Box 36
U.S. Naval Aviation Detachment
Box 36
Misc.
Box 36
Murray & Tregurtha Co.
Box 36
National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics
Box 36
Newton, J.H.
Box 36
Northeastern College
Box 36
Patents
Box 36
Reports
Box 36
Savage Arms Co.
Box 36
Sperry Gyroscope Co.
Box 36
Splitorf Electrical Co.

U.S. Government files

Box 36
Post Office, Air Mail Service, Monthly Report of Operations & Maintenance
Box 37
Aircraft Board
Box 37
Commerce Dept., Bulletins on Visibility & Camouflage in War
Box 37
Commerce Dept., Bureau of Standards
Box 37
Report on Special Transmission
Box 37
Committee on Public Information
Box 37
Misc.
Box 37
Navy Dept., Bureau of Supplies & Accounts
Box 37
First Naval District Aviation Aide Office
Box 37
Bureau of Aircraft Production Bureau of Construction & Repair
Box 37
Bureau of Navigation
Box 37
Bureau of Steam Engineering
Box 37
Office of Chief of Staff
Box 37
Commandant, Office of
Box 37
District Communications Officer
Box 37
District Detail Officer
Box 37
District Disbursing Officer
Box 37
District Enrolling Officer
Box 37
District Supply Officer
Box 37
Misc.
Box 37
Naval Reserve Flying Corps
Box 37
Office of Naval Force Commander
Box 37
Fiske, B.A., Rear Admiral
Box 37
Misc.
Box 37
Naval Air Stations
Box 37
Chatham, Mass.
Box 37
Hampton Roads, Va.
Box 37
Naval Operating Base
Box 37
Office of Naval Operations
Box 37
Secretary of the Navy
Box 37
War Dept., Aviation Examining Board
Box 37
War Dept., Chemical Warfare Service
Box 37
War Dept., National Aeronautic Committee
Box 37
War Dept., Misc.
Box 37
War Dept., Army
Box 37
War Dept., Chief Signal Officer, Office of
Box 37
War Dept., Headquarters, Northeastern Dept.
Box 37
War Dept., Military Aeronautics Dept.
Box 37
War Dept., Misc.
Box 37
Whittemore-Hamm Co.
Box 37
Wilson, J.J.
Box 37
Wilson, H.B., & Co.
Box 37
Wright-Martin Aircraft Co.

1919

Box 38
Aero Club of America
Box 38
Aero Club of Massachusetts
Box 38
Aero Club of New England
Box 38
Aero Club of Texas, Inc.
Box 38
Aerial League of America
Box 38
Aviation Misc.
Box 38
Blueprints
Box 38
Burgess Co.
Box 38
Curtis, Greeley S.
Box 38
Flying
Box 38
Invitations
Box 38
Mass., Commonwealth of
Box 38
Saugus Property

U.S. Government files

Box 38
Interior Dept., U.S. Patent Office
Box 38
Navy Dept., Construction & Repair Bureau, Captain H.C. Mustin, U.S.N.
Box 38
Navy Dept., First Naval District
Box 38
Navy Dept., Commandant, Office of
Box 38
Navy Dept., Communication Superintendent
Box 38
Navy Dept., Detail Officer
Box 38
Navy Dept., Disbursing Officer
Box 38
Navy Dept., Recorder
Box 38
Navy Dept., Supply Officer
Box 38
Navy Dept., Misc.
Box 38
Navy Dept., Naval Operations Office
Box 38
Navy Dept., Navy Cost Inspector
Box 38
Navy Dept., Secretary of the Navy
Box 38
Navy Dept., U.S. Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, West Virginia
Box 38
Post Office Dept., Airmail Service, Monthly Reports of
Box 38
Post Office Dept., Operations & Maintenance
Box 38
Post Office Dept., Eastern Division
Box 38
Post Office Dept., Misc. Division
Box 38
Post Office Dept., Western Division
Box 38
War Dept.
Box 38
Wright-Martin Aircraft Corp.

1920

Box 39
Aerial Age Weekly
Box 39
Aerial League of America
Box 39
Aerial League of the World
Box 39
Aerial Service Corp.
Box 39
Aero Club of America
Box 39
Aero Club of Massachusetts
Box 39
Aero Club of New England
Box 39
Aero Clubs of Minnesota
Box 39
Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc.
Box 39
Aeronautic Library, Inc.
Box 39
Aircraft Fireproofing Corp.
Box 39
Air Service News Letter
Box 39
American Aerial Corp.
Box 39
Aviation Misc.
Box 39
Pamphlets
Box 39
Patents

U.S. Government files