ca. 1844-1962; bulk: 1855-1890
Guide to the Photograph Collection
This collection consists primarily of portrait photographs of various members of the Wigglesworth, Dixwell, and Goddard families. Also included are photographs of various Wigglesworth family homes in Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, and Salem, Mass.; commercial photographs of the Boston Fire of 1872; photographs of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; of the 1895 200th Anniversary celebration in Manchester, Mass.; and two albums of commercial landscape photographs collected by the Dixwell family during their travels in Europe.
Thomas Wigglesworth (1775-1855)
Son of Edward Wigglesworth (1732-1794) and Margaret Hill (d. 1776). Graduate of Harvard, 1793. East India merchant at 16 India Wharf; his home was at 19 Franklin Place, Boston. Married Jane Norton (1774-1856), the daughter of Samuel Norton of Hingham and sister of Professor Andrews Norton. Children: Edward (1804-1876); Jane (1805-1868), married Henry Grew; Mary (1807-1882); Anne (1809-1891); Samuel (1811-1847), married in 1841 Louise Davenport; Thomas (1814-1907), Harvard graduate of 1833, merchant, worked with his father at India Wharf.
Edward Wigglesworth (1804-1876)
Graduate of Harvard, 1822; studied law at Judge Prescott's office. Helped Dr. Lieber in publication of Encyclopaedia Americana, 1829. Trustee and President of Mass. General Hospital, among other organizations. Married in 1835 Henrietta May Goddard (1805-1895), daughter of Nathaniel Goddard (1767-1853) and Lucretia Dana Goddard (1773-1866) (see under Goddard family). Children: Jane Norton (1836-1920), married in 1863 Henry Sturgis Grew (1834-1910), and their daughter Jane Norton Grew (1868-1890) married John Pierpont Morgan, Jr.; Mary Goddard (1838-1909), married Henry Pickering in 1864; Edward (1840-1896), dermatologist, headed Department of Diseases of the Skin, Boston City Hospital, taught at Harvard Medical School; Thomas (1843-1846); Anna Cornelia (1845-1878), married W. Scott Fitz in 1878; Henrietta Goddard (1847-1929), married (1st) Edward Jackson Holmes (1846-1884) in 1871 and (2nd) W. Scott Fitz in 1884; and George Wigglesworth (1853-1940).
George Wigglesworth (1853-1930)
Harvard LLB, 1878; LLD, 1928. Practiced law in Boston; became President of the York Manufacturing Company (textiles) and served on board of directors of various other companies. Trustee of Mass. General Hospital and other charities; Overseer of Harvard, treasurer of MIT, and involved in other educational institutions. Married in 1878 Mary Catherine Dixwell (1855-1951) (see under Dixwell family). They had 6 children: Anna Cornelia Wigglesworth (b. 1879), married Philip Putnam Chase in 1903; Norton (b. 1882), married Lois Watson; Marian Epes (b. 1884), married Lloyd T. Brown in 1911; Ruth (b. 1886), married Theodore Whitney, Jr. in 1924; Richard Bowditch (b. 1886), married Florence Joy Booth in 1921; and Frank (b. 1893), married Isabella Councilman in 1916.
Nathaniel Goddard (1767-1853)
Son of John Goddard of Brookline, Mass., Waggonmaster-General to the Colonial Army in the Revolution. Merchant and resident of Boston, Mass., involved in East India trade. Married Lucretia Dana (1773-1866) in 1797, daughter of Amariah and Dorothy Dana of Amherst, Mass. They had 11 children: Lucretia Dana (1798-1876), who married Benjamin Apthorp Gould (1787-1859) in 1823; Frederic Warren (b. 1800); George Augustus (1803-1845), married Cornelia Amory in 1841; Henrietta May (1805-1895), married Edward Wigglesworth in 1835 (see under Wigglesworth family); Mary Storer (1807-1889), married Henry Weld Fuller (1810-1889) in 1835; Frances Dana (1809-1880), married Henry White Pickering (1811-1898); Nathaniel (1813-1900); Benjamin (b. 1811); Louisa May (1814-1907); Georgianna (1817-1865), married in 1848 to John Adams Blanchard; and Frederica Warren (1817-1894), married in 1849 to William Storer Eaton.
Epes Sargent Dixwell (1807-1899)
Son of Samuel Hunt (1777-1834) and Esther Sargent (1776-1865). Harvard graduate, 1827; lawyer in Boston, master of the Latin School, then operated his own private school in Boston. He was also an amateur photographer. Married in 1839 Mary Ingersoll Bowditch (1816-1893). They had 6 children: Fanny Bowditch Dixwell (1840-1929), married Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in 1872; Esther Sargent Dixwell (1843-1927), married Charles Hunter Owen in 1866; Sarah (1845-1924), married Gerritt Smith Miller in 1867; John (1848-1931), married Kate M. Gurney in 1875; Aria Sargent (b. 1850), married Archibald Murray Howe in 1881; Mary Catherine (1855-1951), married George Wigglesworth (see under Wigglesworth family).
The Wigglesworth family photographs II contains 897 photographs in 6 volumes (in cases), 3 boxes, and 1 oversize box. The collection includes ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, cyanotypes, tintypes, stereographs, film photonegatives, postcards, and photomechanicals.
The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs (loose and in albums) of members of the family of Henrietta May Goddard and Edward Wigglesworth (1804-1876). Among other subjects, a large number of these portrait photographs depict the Wigglesworth's son, George Wigglesworth, his wife Mary Catherine Dixwell, and their children and grandchildren. There are also portraits of various members of the Dixwell and Goddard families. In addition to portrait photographs, the collection also includes loose photographs of views of Wigglesworth family homes in Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, and Salem, Mass., as well as photographs of the 1895 200th Anniversary celebration in Manchester, Mass. and the Boston Fire of 1872, among other subjects.
There are a number of photographs in the collection that pertain to the Dixwell family. Two photograph albums contain commercial landscape photographs collected by Epes Sargent Dixwell and Mary Ingersoll Bowditch Dixwell during their travels to Europe in 1872-1873 with their daughters. One album also contains cyanotype photographs that Epes Sargent Dixwell took of family members, landscapes, and family homes, ca. 1880-1890. There are also a number of photographs of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, taken by Alice Curtis and sent by Olivia Bowditch to Epes Sargent Dixwell.
The collection also includes photographs of 17th and 18th century manuscripts written by Wigglesworth and Dixwell family ancestors, as well as artifacts and artwork owned by the Wigglesworth family. There are also a large number of photomechanical reproductions of photographs of Wigglesworth family members and homes.
Most of the photographs in this collection were taken by commercial photographers from Boston, Mass. They include John Adams Whipple, James Wallace Black, Augustus Marshall, Antoine Sonrel, Allen & Rowell, and the Notman Photographic Co., among many others.
The photographs in this collection were removed from the Wigglesworth family papers (Ms. N-114), which were a gift of the Wigglesworth family to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1986.
Box / Album List
Detailed Description of the Collection
I. FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS6 albums (in cases).
The albums in this series are arranged chronologically.
Photographs in this series are numbered in the order in which they appear in the albums.
A. Vol. 1: Wigglesworth family album, 1851-ca. 1870.
31 cartes de visite portraits of members of the Wigglesworth family, mostly the immediate and extended family of Henrietta May Goddard and Edward Wigglesworth (1804-1835). Individuals represented include Henrietta May Goddard Wigglesworth; Thomas Wigglesworth (1814-1907); Lucretia Dana Goddard Gould; Jane Norton Wigglesworth Grew; Edward Wigglesworth (1840-1896); Henrietta Goddard Wigglesworth Holmes Fitz; and George Wigglesworth, among others. Photographers include James Wallace Black, John Adams Whipple, and Black & Batchelder , all of Boston, Mass., among others.
B. Vol. 2: Wigglesworth family album, ca. 1856-1878
22 cartes de visite and tintype portraits of members of the Wigglesworth family, mostly the immediate and extended family of Henrietta May Goddard and Edward Wigglesworth (1804-1835). Individuals represented include Henrietta May Goddard Wigglesworth; Lucretia Dana Goddard; Thomas Wigglesworth (1814-1907); and Edward Wigglesworth (1840-1896), among others. Photographers include George Kendall Warren (Cambridge, Mass.) and James Wallace Black and John Adams Whipple (both of Boston, Mass.), among others.
C. Vol. 3: George Wigglesworth family album, 1861-ca. 1900
85 cartes de visite and cabinet card portraits of members of the George Wigglesworth family. Individuals represented include George Wigglesworth, his wife Mary Catherine Dixwell Wigglesworth, and some of their children: Anna Cornelia Wigglesworth Chase; Norton Wigglesworth; Marian Epes Wigglesworth Brown; and Ruth Wigglesworth Whitney, among others. There are also photographs of members of the Grew and Dixwell families. Photographers include Allen & Rowell, the Notman Photographic Co., James Notman, and A.N. Hardy, all of Boston, Mass., among others.
D. Vols. 4-5: Dixwell family travel albums, 1872-1873
Two albums of commercial photographs collected by Epes Sargent Dixwell and Mary Ingersoll Bowditch Dixwell when they traveled to Europe during 1872 and 1873 with their daughters, Aria Sargent Dixwell and Mary Catherine Dixwell (later Wigglesworth). Vol. 4 contains 284 paper photographs that depict landscape views and people of Ireland, England, London, France, Monaco, and Italy, collected by the Wigglesworths from Aug. 1872 to May 1873. Vol. 5 contains 196 paper photographs that depict landscapes and people of Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, England, and Scotland, collected by the Wigglesworths from May-Sept. 1873. The photographs are captioned in an unknown hand and record the dates and places to which the family traveled. Both albums are inscribed in an unknown hand: "Given to M. C. D. Wigglesworth, 1899." None of the photographers are identified.
E. Vol. 6: Epes Sargent Dixwell cyanotypes, ca. 1880-1890
28 cyanotype photographs taken by Epes Sargent Dixwell, ca. 1880-1890. The photographs depict embroideries hanging in the Dixwell family home, flowers, various family members, homes and buildings in Cambridge and Belmont, Mass., and landscapes of Manchester and Rockport, Mass. The photographs are all undated and identified in Dixwell's hand.
II. LOOSE PHOTOGRAPHS3 boxes and 1 oversize box.
This series contains loose photographs not contained in the albums. It is arranged into six series: Portraits (A); Views (B); photographs of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 (C); photographs of manuscripts and artifacts (D); Oversize photographs (E); and "Just Glimpses" photomechanicals.
118 carte de visite, cabinet card, tintype, daguerreotype, and ambrotype photographs of members of the Wigglesworth family. Most of the portraits are of the children of Henrietta May Goddard Wigglesworth and Edward Wigglesworth (1804-1876) and the family of their son, George Wigglesworth, and his wife, Mary Catherine Dixwell Wigglesworth. Individuals represented include Henrietta May Goddard Wigglesworth; Epes Sargent Dixwell; George Wigglesworth; and Norton Wigglesworth, among many others. Photographers include Ruth Wigglesworth Whitney, as well as Allen & Rowell, Antoine Sonrel, Augustus Marshall, John Adams Whipple, and James Wallace Black, all of Boston, Mass., among many others. Many of the images have duplicate copies. Most of these photographs belonged to Mary Catherine Dixwell Wigglesworth and have her comments and recollections about them inscribed on the verso of the images. They were turned over to Ruth Wigglesworth Whitney in Sept. 1966.
Please note that daguerreotypes and ambrotypes are stored in separate collections: Daguerreotypes (Photo. Coll. 1) and Ambrotypes (Photo. Coll. 2). When requesting glass-based photographs, the reader should use those call numbers, NOT Photo. Coll. 92.
3 duplicate photos.
Nurse of Mary Catherine Dixwell Wigglesworth.
5 duplicate photos (3 cartes de visite, 2 paper photos).
2 duplicate cartes de visite and 1 copy photo.
2 duplicate photos.
2 duplicate cabinet cards.
2 duplicate cartes de visite.
2 duplicate copies.
Includes 1 duplicate carte de visite of 92.712.
2 duplicate photos.
11 duplicate photos.
4 duplicate photos.
3 duplicate cabinet cards.
2 duplicate cartes de visite
2 duplicate cartes de visite.
2 duplicate cartes de visite.
Arranged in two groups: Massachusetts views (arranged alphabetically by city name) and Various other places (arranged alphabetically by place name).
81 photographs of views of various places, mostly in Massachusetts. Subjects include various Wigglesworth, Bowditch, and Dixwell family homes in Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, and Salem, Mass., as well as images of the 1872 Boston Fire, among other subjects. There are also a number of images of the 1895 200th Anniversary celebration and 1909 Fourth of July procession in Manchester, Mass. Includes photo-postcards. Most of the photographers are unidentified.
Various other places
Includes 2 photo-postcards.
2 duplicate photos.
C. Chicago World's Fair, 1893
25 photographs of buildings at the Chicago World's fair in 1893. These photographs were sent by Olivia Bowditch to her uncle Epes Sargent Dixwell in December of 1893. They were taken by Olivia's friend Alice Curtis. All of the photographs are identified. They are accompanied by a list of the photographs written by Alice Curtis; letter from Olivia Bowditch to Epes Sargent Dixwell, dated 25 Dec. 1893, regarding the photographs; and a note about the provenance of the images, possibly written by Philip Putnam Chase.
D. Photographs of manuscripts and artifacts
12 photographs of manuscripts, artifacts, and artwork relating to the Wigglesworth family. Included are photoreproductions of letters from Rev. Michael Wigglesworth to his third wife, Sibyl Avery, as well as a letter from John Dixwell and a letter from George Washington to General Lincoln, half-brother of Samuel Norton, among other items. Also includes film photonegatives, one of which depicts the Wigglesworth family genealogy.
E. Oversize photographs
Arranged into three groups: Portraits (arranged alphabetically); Views (arranged alphabetically); and Photographs of manuscripts and artifacts.
15 oversize photographs of Wigglesworth and Dixwell family members and houses, the Dixwell and Heardson Monument in Folkeston, England, and photoreproductions of manuscripts, drawings, and paintings. Most of the photographers are unidentified.
Photographs of manuscripts and artwork
F. "Just Glimpses" photomechanicals
5 folders of photomechanical reproductions of photographs that appear to have been included as illustrations in a Wigglesworth or Dixwell family book entitled, "Just Glimpses." Many of the original photographs depicted in these images appear elsewhere in this collection. These photomechanicals are unnumbered.
Wigglesworth family photographs II, Photo. Coll. 92, Massachusetts Historical Society Photo Archives.
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.