COLLECTION GUIDES

ca. 1858-1981

Guide to the Photograph Collection


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection includes photographs and negatives of portraits of various Wyman, Churchill, and Martin family members, including the Boston wool merchant Franklin A. Wyman and his wife Mary Brewer Churchill Wyman. Also included are travel photos, views of Boston, and photos of family homes taken by members of the Wyman family.

Biographical Information

John Sidney Wyman (b. 1810) married (1st) Lavinia Rogers and (2nd) Maria Downs (d. 1913). Their children were John (1849-1900) and Franklin Abijah (alternately Albert) Wyman (1850-1922).

Asaph Churchill (1814-1892), lawyer of Milton, Mass., married (1st) in 1838 Mary Buckminster Brewer (d. 1860) and (2nd) in 1862 Mary Anne Ware (d. 1886). Among his children with Mary Buckminster Brewer were Gardner Asaph Churchill (1839-1896); Joseph Richmond Brewer Churchill (1845-1933), judge and first president of the Massachusetts Cooperative Bank.

Gardner Asaph Churchill, a printer in Boston, Mass., married in 1862 Ellen Barstow Barrett (b. 1839). Their children were Mary Brewer Churchill (1864-1929), Asaph Churchill (b. 1867), and Ellen Barrett Churchill (b. 1877).

Franklin A. Wyman (1850-1922), a wool merchant of Boston, Mass., married in 1898 Mary Brewer Churchill (1864-1929). They had one child, Dorothy Churchill Wyman (1899-1993). Dorothy was a painter who was professionally known as D. C. Wyman (or, after her marriage, as D. Wyman Martin). She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, Mass. and privately with George Elmer Browne, with whom she traveled and studied in Europe and Provincetown, Mass. Her work first received national recognition in 1935 at the annual exhibition in New York of the Allied Artists of America. She kept a studio at 112 Newbury Street in Boston, Mass. Dorothy Churchill Wyman married ca. 1945 Robert C. Martin (1900-1973), his second marriage. His child by his first marriage was Dorothy Jane Martin (later Kelly).

Collection Description

The Wyman family photographs contains 578 photographs, both black-and-white and color, and 319 film photonegatives. One box contains loose Wyman family photographs not housed in albums. These photographs include formal and informal portraits of various Wyman, Churchill, and Martin family members, dating from ca. 1858-1975, and photographs of Wyman, Hildreth, and Churchill family homes. There are also photographs taken by Franklin A. Wyman of his travels to England and France in 1897 and his honeymoon in Florida with Mary Brewer Churchill Wyman ca. 1898, as well as photographs taken by their daughter Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin while she was a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass. ca. 1919-1923. Additionally, there are also loose black-and-white and color film photonegatives taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin from 1925-1987; some of these negatives may correspond to photos within the collection.

This collection also contains six albums and scrapbooks of photographs belonging to Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin. Due to preservation concerns, MHS staff disbound these volumes in December 2003 and housed the photographs in one box. One album, entitled "Winter in California," contains photographs of the Wyman family's travels across the American West and through California from Dec. 1924-Apr. 1925. The other five albums are a compilation of snapshot photographs, clippings, postcards, and photomechanical prints, dating from ca. 1891-1981 and assembled by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin. Most of the photographs were taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin, and subjects include various Wyman family members; Wyman family homes in Ashby, Ashmont, and Concord, Mass.; various friends of Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin and Robert C. Martin; Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin's art studies with George Elmer Browne in Provincetown, Mass. and Europe; views of Boston, Mass.; and her life and travels during her marriage to Robert C. Martin. These albums include photographs taken by Franklin A. Wyman.

This collection includes 1 ambrotype, cartes de visite, tintypes, film negatives, postcards, and photomechanical prints.

Acquisition Information

This collection was removed from the Wyman family papers (Ms. N-246), a gift to the Massachusetts Historical Society by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin in Dec. 1992.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. LOOSE PHOTOGRAPHS

This series contains loose photographs not collected in photograph albums or scrapbooks and is divided into five sections: Portraits (A); Photographs of family homes (B); Franklin A. Wyman travel photographs (C); Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin photographs (D); and Miscellaneous photographs (E).

A. Portraits

Arranged alphabetically.

This subseries contains formal and informal portraits taken by various photographers of various members of the Wyman, Churchill, and Martin families. Subjects include Franklin A. Wyman and Mary Brewer Churchill Wyman, among many others. Includes tintypes and cartes de visite, as well as one ambrotype.

Please note that ambrotypes are stored in a separate collection, Ambrotype collection (Photo. Coll. 2). When requesting ambrotypes, the reader should use the call numbers for Photo. Coll. 2, listed above in bold, NOT those for Photo. Coll. 151.

Box 1#151.1
Churchill, Asaph (1814-1892), 1886. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.2
Churchill, Frank Spooner (b. 1865), n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.3
Churchill, Frank Spooner (b. 1865), ca. 1884. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.4
Churchill, Frank Spooner (b. 1865), in uniform as Major in U.S. Army Medical Corps, Camp Devens, Mass., 1917. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.5
Churchill, George Phillips, ca. 1887-1889. Taken by Joseph A. McCormick (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#151.6
Churchill, Howard Crosby (b. 1860), ca. 1880. Taken by A. N. Hardy (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#151.7
Churchill, Howard and family in Great Falls, Montana, ca. 1930s. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.8
Churchill, John Russell (b. 1863), ca. 1890.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.9
Churchill, Joseph Richmond Brewer (1845-1933), n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.10
Churchill, Lucretia Mott Hallowell (b. 1867), n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.11
Kelly, Dorothy Jane Martin, n.d. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.12
Kelly, Dorothy Jane Martin, ca. 1954.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.13
Kelly, Dorothy Jane Martin, in wedding dress, 1955.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.14
Magoon, May Wyman, n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.15
Martin, John J., n.d. Taken by John M, Benton Studio (West Palm Beach, Fla.).
Box 1#151.16
Martin, John J., [Jake?] Martin, and Robert Churchill Martin on the yacht "Woosaka," n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.17
Martin, Robert Churchill and U.S. Merchant Marines in Cairo, Egypt, ca. 1940. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.18
Stoddard, [Laurie?] Churchill and [Jimmy?] Churchill Stoddard, ca. 1920-1930. Possibly taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin.
Box 1#151.19
Wilbur, Agnes Wyman, ca. 1870. Taken by Anderson (Haverhill, Mass.). Visiting card enclosed.
Box 1#151.19a
Wyman, Annie, n.d. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.20
Wyman, Eunice Prescott Hildreth (b. 1781), ca. 1859. Taken by J. M. Fowler (Lowell, Mass.). 2 duplicate cartes de visite.
Box 1#151.21
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922) in military uniform, n.d. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.22
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922), in military uniform, n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.23
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922), at early office with staff, n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.24
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922), with Mr. [Polhemen?] and Phil Spaulding (office staff), n.d. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.25
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922), with horse and carriage, n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.26
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922), and unidentified people with horse and carriage, n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.27
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922), and May Wyman, ca. 1870. Photographer unknown.Tintype.
Box 1#151.28
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922), 17 Aug. 1871. Taken by Morris D. Allen (Fitchburg, Mass.).Tintype.
Box 1#151.29
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922), ca. 1890. Taken by Koehne Bush Temple Studio (Chicago, Ill.).
Box 1#151.30
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922) in office with staff, ca. 1890. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.31
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922) at Hotel Maryland, Pasadena, Calif., ca. 1900.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.32
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922) in military uniform, ca. 1910-1920.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.33
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922) in military uniform, ca. 1918.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.34
Wyman, Franklin A. (1850-1922) with Theodore Roosevelt and members of the Naval Service Club, 2 May 1918. Photographer unknown.3 duplicate photographs.

Note identifying the photograph and written in Franklin A. Wyman's hand enclosed..

Box 1#151.35
Wyman, John (1849-1900), ca. 1975.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.36
Wyman, Maria Downs (b. 1925), n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.37
Wyman, Maria Downs (b. 1925), ca. 1885. Photographer unknown.Photograph of a daguerreotype originally taken ca. 1840-1850.
Box 1#151.38
Wyman, Maria Downs (b. 1925), with Franklin A. Wyman (1850-1922), ca. 1885. Photographer unknown.Photograph of daguerreotype originally taken ca. 1851.
Box 1#151.39
Wyman, Mary Brewer Churchill (1864-1929), ca. 1864. Taken by George H. Plimpton (Foxboro, Mass.).
Box 1#151.40
Wyman, Mary Brewer Churchill (1864-1929), ca. 1888. Taken by William Shaw Warren (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#151.41
Wyman, Mary Brewer Churchill (1864-1929), and [Bell?] Cunningham in front of the Gardner Asaph Churchill house at 44 Albarn Street, Dorchester, Mass., ca. 1900. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.42
Wyman, Mary Brewer Churchill (1864-1929), in wedding dress,1868. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.43
Wyman, May, ca. 1869-1870. Taken by Herman Bucholz (Springfield, Mass.).
Box 1#151.44
Wyman, [ ], ca. 1858. Taken by Joseph C. Moulton (Fitchburg, Mass.).
Box 1#151.45
Three unidentified men, ca. 1860-1870. Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype.
Box 1#151.46
Unidentified girl, ca. 1868. Taken by Nathaniel C. Sanborn (Lowell, Mass.).
#151.46a2.158
Two unidentified boys (possibly members of the Wyman family), ca. 1860. Photographer unknown.Hand-colored, sixth-plate ambrotype in half-case.

B. Photographs of family homes

Arranged alphabetically by family name.

This subseries contains photographs of the Churchill family homes in Dorchester, Mass., the Hildreth family home in Concord, Mass., and the Wyman family homes in Ashby, Mass. and England. Some of these photographs were taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin.

Box 1#151.47
Asaph Churchill house, Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Mass., ca. 1875. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.48
Gardner Asaph Churchill house, Churchill Place, Dorchester Lower Mills, Mass., n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.49
Hildreth family house, Concord, Mass., n.d.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#151.50-51
Hildreth family house, Concord, Mass., n.d. Taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin.
Box 1#151.52-54
Hildreth family house, Concord, Mass., ca. 1930s. Possibly taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin.
Box 1#151.55-56
Wyman homestead, Ashby, Mass., ca. 1930s.Possibly taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin.
Box 1#151.57
Wyman family homestead, Hormead Hall, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, England, ca. 1930s. Taken by R. H. [illegible]. Note enclosed.

C. Franklin A. Wyman travel photographs, 1897-ca. 1898

This subseries contains photographs probably taken by Franklin A. Wyman, during his travels to England and France with family in 1897 and to Florida with Mary Brewer Churchill Wyman for their honeymoon ca. 1898. Subjects of the 1897 travel photographs include views of Paris, the English countryside, and the Hargraves family home in Kendall, England. The exact location of the photographs taken in Florida in 1898 is unknown.

Box 1#151.58-79

D. Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin photographs, ca. 1919-1931

This subseries contains photographs of friends and classmates taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin while she was a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., ca. 1919-1923, as well as other photographs taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin in Boston and France as studies for her paintings. Includes loose film photonegative.

Box 1#151.80-92

E. Miscellaneous photographs, ca. 1907-1940

This subseries contains photographs of Franklin A. Wyman's Pierce-Arrow automobile, the Wyman family tomb in Ashby, Mass., and the Martin family yacht, the "Woosaka," taken ca. 1907-1940. All of the photographers are unknown

Box 1#151.93-95

II. FILM PHOTONEGATIVES

This series contains 319 black-and-white and color film photonegatives, most taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin from 1925-1987. Subjects include snapshots of Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin, Robert C. Martin, views of Provincetown and Boston, Mass., and photographs of the Martins' travels in Europe and the American West. These negatives may correspond to photographs within the collection. There are also a series of negatives of Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin's artwork, taken by Eleanor Cunningham.

Box 1
319 film photonegatives in 56 envelopes.

III. DOROTHY CHURCHILL WYMAN MARTIN PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS

6 albums (disbound) in 1 box.

This series contains 6 disbound photograph albums, dating from 1910-1981, that belonged to Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin. They are arranged chronologically. The albums were disbound in December 2003 due to preservation concerns; the photographs are foldered and numbered in the order in which they initially appeared in the album.

A. Vol. 1. Photographs, ca. 1890-1972

This album contains photographs of the Wyman family homes in Ashby, Ashmont, and Concord, Mass., the Wyman family vacationing in Jaffrey, N.H., Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin's travels to Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon, and snapshots of various Wyman family members, including Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin. The album contains photographs taken by both Franklin A. Wyman and Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin. Many of the photographs have become separated from the album pages. Where identification was possible, these loose photos have been housed with their corresponding album page; all unidentifiable loose photographs from this album are stored in a folder at the end of this subseries. Includes color snapshots and clippings.

Box 2#151.96-185

B. Vol. 2. Scrapbook, ca. 1920-1930

This album contains photographs of the Wyman family homestead and tomb in Ashby, Mass., the Wyman family home in Ashmont, Mass., and views of Ashmont. The photographs were probably taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin.

Box 2#151.186-196

C. Vol. 3. Scrapbook, ca. 1920-1950

This scrapbook contains photographs of Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin's travels with her family across the country to California in 1924-1925, snapshots of Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin, and various family members and friends, including Robert C. Martin and Dorothy Jane Martin (later Kelly). Some of these photographs were taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin; most of the photographers are unidentified. Also includes clippings about Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin.

Box 2#151.197-266

D. Vol. 4. Scrapbook, "Winter in California," Dec. 1924-Apr. 1925

This scrapbook contains photographs from Franklin A. Wyman, Mary Brewer Churchill Wyman, and Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin's winter in California in 1924-1925. Includes snapshots of the Wyman family's travels in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, as well as their trip across the American West to California in Dec. 1924. Many of the photographs are loose. Most of the images were probably taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin. Includes clippings, postcards, and photomechanicals.

Box 2#151.267-426

E. Vol. 5: Scrapbook, ca. 1940-1981

This scrapbook contains snapshots of Robert C. Martin, Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin, and the artist George Elmer Browne in Provincetown, Mass.; views of Provincetown and Boston, Mass.; the Martins' travels to Maine, New Hampshire, and New York; views of wreckage from the 1954 hurricane in Boston, Mass.; and views of the United States bicentennial celebration at the Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown, Mass. and in 1975, among other subjects. Most of the images were probably taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin. Many of the photographs have become separated from the album pages. Where identification was possible, these loose photos have been housed with their corresponding album page; all unidentifiable loose photographs from this album are stored in a folder at the end of this subseries. Includes color photographs and clippings.

Box 2#151.427-566

F. Vol. 6. Photographs, 1967-1981

This album contains color snapshots taken by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin of the Francis Wyman house in Woburn, Mass., as well as various Wyman family members at the annual Francis Wyman Family Reunion in 1969, 1973, and 1981.

Box 2#151.567-578

Preferred Citation

Wyman family photographs, Photo. Coll. 151, Massachusetts Historical Society Photo Archives.

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:

Browne, George Elmer, 1871-1946 --Photographs.
Martin, Dorothy Churchill Wyman, 1899-1993 --Photographs.
Martin, Robert C., 1900-1973 --Photographs.
Wyman, Mary Brewer Churchill, 1864-1929 --Photographs.
Wyman, Franklin Abijah, 1850-1922 --Photographs.
Churchill family--Photographs.
Martin family--Photographs.
Wyman family--Photographs.
Wyman family--Homes and haunts--Massachusetts--Ashby--Photographs.
Wyman family--Homes and haunts--Massachusetts--Ashmont--Photographs.
Wyman family--Homes and haunts--Massachusetts--Concord--Photographs.
Martin, Dorothy Churchill Wyman, 1899-1993, photographer.
Wyman, Franklin Abijah, 1850-1922, photographer.

Organizations:

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School--Photographs.

Subjects:

Voyages and travels--Photographs.
Women artists--Massachusetts--Photographs.
Women photographers.
Boston (Mass.)--Photographs.
England--19th century--Photographs.
Florida--19th century--Photographs.
France--19th century--Photographs.
Provincetown (Mass.)--Photographs.
West (U.S.)--Photographs.
Cartes de visite.
Film negatives.
Photomechanical prints.
Tintypes.
Portrait photographs.
Scrapbooks.