COLLECTION GUIDES

ca. 1858-1930

Guide to the Photograph Collection


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection contains mostly portraits of members of the Massachusetts Charitable Society, dating from ca. 1858-1930.

Historical Sketch

The Massachusetts Charitable Society was organized by a group of men in Boston in 1762 as a society for "mutually aiding and assisting each other, their families, widows and orphans who may be reduced by the adverse accidents of life..." (from the 1779 charter). Founded as the "Massachusetts Society," the organization changed its name to the "Massachusetts Charitable Society" at its incorporation in 1779. The Society originally met at the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, later frequenting the "Bunch of Grapes" and other local landmarks. The founding members of the Society were John Tileston (a writing school master), Ephraim Copeland, Barnabas Webb, Habijah Savage, and John Perkins, Jr. The membership consisted primarily of artisans and tradesmen. The Massachusetts Charitable Society was the first society of its type to enroll members without regard to religion, trade, or national derivation.

The Society remains in existence today. The organization continues to fund needy members and their families, and supplies grants to support education, community service, historical scholarship, and the arts.

Collection Description

This collection contains portraits of members of the Massachusetts Charitable Society, dating from ca. 1858-1930. Subjects include Massachusetts legislator and printer Osmyn Brewster, printer Uriel H. Crocker, George Glover Crocker, Boston brass founder William Cooper Hunneman, and Capt. John Soren, among many others. Some photographs depict various group gatherings of the Society to celebrate its anniversaries. Photographers include James E. Purdy and Charles F. Conley of Boston, Mass., as well as H. William Tupper (Cambridge, Mass.), among others. All of the photographs are black-and-white; some are photo-reproductions of portrait paintings. Includes cartes de visite and cabinet cards.

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited by the Massachusetts Charitable Society in September and October, 1977.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1#159.1
Beal, Benjamin (1802-1874), ca. 1871-1874.Taken by Bushby & Hart (Lynn, Mass.).

Member from 1851-1874.

Box 1#159.2
Beal, Frank, ca. 1859-1865. Taken by John A. Heard (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.3
Brewster, Osmyn (1797-1889), ca. 1884-1887. Taken by the Notman Photographic Co. (Boston, Mass.).

Member from 1833-1889.

Box 1#159.4
Brewster, Osmyn (1797-1889), with Uriel H. Crocker (1796-1887), Sept. 1886. Photographer unknown.

Osmyn Brewster was a member from 1833-1889. Uriel Crocker was a member from 1804-1887.

Inscription on back of photograph: "Mssrs. Crocker & Brewster. Taken on Mr. Crocker's 90th birthday, Sept 13th 1886."

Box 1#159.5
Canterbury, William Headley (1852-1923), ca. 1910. Taken by H. William Tupper (Cambridge, Mass.).

Admitted as member in 1885; president, 1907-1911.

Box 1#159.6
Codman, John, ca. 1870-1880.Photographer unknown.

Inscription on back of photograph: "Memorial Sept. 1897"

Box 1#159.7
Cram, George W. (1866-1933), ca. 1921-1928.Taken by James E. Purdy (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.8
Crocker, George Glover (b. 1843), 1910-1913..Taken by Marceau (Boston, Mass.).

Admitted as member in 1878.

Box 1#159.9
Crocker, Lyneham, ca. 1910. .Taken by Fabian Bachrach (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.10
Crocker, Lyneham, ca. 1920.Photographer unknown.
Box 1#159.11
Crocker, Uriel H. (1796-1887), ca. 1870.Taken by Falk (New York, N.Y.).

See also Photo. 159.4.

Box 1#159.12
Hamlin, Edward, ca. 1910. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#159.13
Haskell, Elias (1768-1857), n.d. Photographer unknown.Photograph of portrait drawing, artist unknown.
Box 1#159.14
Hunneman, Samuel Hewes (1800-1869), ca. 1858-1867. Taken by John D. Andrews for Davis & Co. (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.15
Hunneman, Samuel Hewes (1826-1903), ca. 1880-1890.Taken by Partridge (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.16-18
Hunneman, William Cooper (1769-1856), n.d. Photographer unknown.Photographs of a portrait painting, artist unknown.
Box 1#159.19-20
Hunneman, William Cooper (1801-1846), n.d.Photographer unknown.Photographs of a portrait painting, artist unknown.
Box 1#159.21
Kellen, William V., ca. 1910-1920. Taken by C.S.H. Studio (Philadelphia, Penn.).
Box 1#159.22
Kellen, William V., ca. 1910-1925.. Taken by Lewham-Loveland.
Box 1#159.23
Norcross, Grenville H., 1904. Taken by Charles F. Conly (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.24
Osborn, Francis Augustus (b. 1863), Oct. 1902. Taken by Elmer Chickering (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.25
Pierce, Andrew D., ca. 1920. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#159.26
Pierce, John Homer (1840-1933), 1863.Taken by Charles F. Conley (Boston, Mass.).

Admitted as member in 1863.

Box 1#159.27
Rogers, Gorham, ca. 1900. Taken by Notman.
Box 1#159.28
Rogers, Gorham, Jr., ca. 1900. Photograph unknown.
Box 1#159.29
Simpkins, John, ca. 1875-1880. Photograph unknown.
Box 1#159.30
Soren, John (b. 1757), n.d.Photograph unknown.Photo of portrait painting, artist unknown.

Admitted as member in 1793.

Box 1#159.31
Stone, Edwin A., 1888. Taken by James E. Purdy & Co. (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.32
Stone, Herbert E. (b. 1879), Sept. 1916. Taken by James E. Purdy & Co. (Boston, Mass.).
Box 1#159.33
Treadwell, Sanford L. (1846-1928), ca. 1910. Taken by H. William Tupper (Cambridge, Mass.).
Box 1#159.34
Wellington, Alfred Augustus (1807-1871), ca. 1861-1865. Taken by Frederic L. Lay (Boston, Mass.).

Admitted as member in 1856.

Box 1#159.35
Wellington, Frederick Augustus (1841-1896), ca. 1888-1896. Taken by Ambrose S. Vose (Boston, Mass.).

Admitted as member in 1872.

Box 1#159.36
Whittemore, Henry, ca. 1880. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#159.37
Unidentified man, ca. 1860. Copy photograph taken by James E. Purdy & Co. (Boston, Mass.), original photographer unknown.
Box 1#159.38
Unidentified woman [possibly a member of the Hunneman family], n.d. Photograph of a portrait painting, artist unknown. Photographer unknown.
Box 1#159.39a-41
Group photograph of Massachusetts Charitable Society members, at 200th Anniversary Dinner 1962. Taken by George M. Cushing (Boston, Mass.).Two duplicate photographs and one composite photograph.

See also oversize Photo. 159.42.

Box 1
NEGATIVES: Unidentified group photos of Massachusetts Charitable Society members at 150th Anniversary Dinner, 30 Sept. 1912.Taken by Alfred E. Wellington. 2 film photonegatives.
OS Box 1#159.41
Group photograph of members of the Massachusetts Charitable Society at 150th Anniversary Dinner, 30 Sept. 1912.Possibly taken by Alfred E. Wellington.
OS Box 1#159.42
Group photograph of Massachusetts Charitable Society members, at 200th Anniversary Dinner 1962. Taken by George M. Cushing (Boston, Mass.).

Preferred Citation

Massachusetts Charitable Society photographs, Photo. Coll. 159, 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:

Brewster, Osmyn, 1797-1889 --Photographs.
Crocker, George G. (George Glover), 1843-1913 --Photographs.
Crocker, Uriel H. (Uriel Haskell), 1832-1902 --Photographs.
Hunneman, William Cooper, 1769-1856 --Photographs.
Soren, John, b. 1757 --Photographs.
Conley, Charles F., photographer.
Purdy, James E., photographer.
Tupper, H. William, photographer.

Organizations:

Massachusetts Charitable Society--Photographs.

Subjects:

Philanthropists--Massachusetts--Photographs.
Cabinet photographs.
Cartes de visite.
Film negatives.
Portraits.