COLLECTION GUIDES

1874-1943

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Restrictions on Access

The Charles W. Eldridge scrapbooks are stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.

Use of the originals is restricted. This collection is available as color digital facsimiles (see links below).


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of two oversize scrapbooks, 1874-1943 and 1921-1937, primarily documenting the political career of Charles W. Eldridge, alderman, Massachusetts state legislator, and mayor of Somerville, Mass.

Biographical Sketch

Charles Wadleigh Eldridge (b. 1877) served as alderman (1907-1909), Massachusetts state representative (1911-1913), Massachusetts state senator (1914-1917), and mayor of Somerville, Mass. (1918-1922), and as a delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention. He married Edith L. Brown, and the couple had six children: Raymon W. Eldridge, Arthur F. Eldridge (1904-1926), Warren Prescott Eldridge, Louise Eldridge, Charlotte Eldridge, and Albert Coolidge Eldridge (b. 1920).

Collection Description

This collection consists of two oversize scrapbooks, 1874-1943 and 1921-1937, primarily documenting the political career of Charles W. Eldridge of Somerville, Mass. The scrapbooks contain printed campaign matter and memorabilia, including buttons and ribbons; correspondence; newspaper clippings; and photographs. Correspondents include Leverett Saltonstall, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., and Calvin Coolidge. The volumes also include a small amount of family material, including photographs.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ruth Eldridge Race, July 2017.

Restrictions on Access

The Charles W. Eldridge scrapbooks are stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.

Use of the originals is restricted. This collection is available as color digital facsimiles (see links below).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Vol. 1Carton 1SH 19G1 Tdigitized
digitizedScrapbook, 1874-1943
Vol. 2Carton 1SH 19G1 Tdigitized
digitizedScrapbook, 1921-1937

Preferred Citation

Charles W. Eldridge scrapbooks, 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:

Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
Eldridge family--Photographs.
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985.
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979.

Organizations:

Massachusetts. General Court. House of Representatives.
Massachusetts. General Court. Senate.
Somerville (Mass.). Mayor (1918-1922 : Eldridge).

Subjects:

Campaign buttons--Specimens.
Campaign literature.
Campaign paraphernalia--Specimens.
Elections--Massachusetts.
Elections--Massachusetts--Somerville.
Massachusetts--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Mayors--Massachusetts--Somerville.
Politicians--Massachusetts.
Politicians--Massachusetts--Somerville.
Scrapbooks--1874-1943.
Scrapbooks--1921-1937.
Somerville (Mass.)--History.
Somerville (Mass.)--Politics and government.