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Guide To The Bridgewater Improvement Association Records, 1901-Current, Orson Kingsley Jan 2018

Guide To The Bridgewater Improvement Association Records, 1901-Current, Orson Kingsley

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The Bridgewater Improvement Association (BIA) was founded in 1901 as the Bridgewater Village Improvement Society. The organization’s original objective was to create a better town, both to look at and to live in. The original constitution stated the focus of the group: “the promotion of order, beauty, and public welfare.” Arthur C. Boyden, head of Bridgewater State Normal School from 1906 to 1933, was voted the first president of the BIA in 1901.

From its inception in 1901 to the present, the BIA has dedicated itself to the beatification of Bridgewater without the help of taxpayer dollars. The organization ...


Guide To The John Quincy Adams Collection, 1802-1848, Orson Kingsley Jan 2018

Guide To The John Quincy Adams Collection, 1802-1848, Orson Kingsley

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John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the sixth president of the United States, serving from 1825-1829. He had a long career in public service, including positions such as American statesman and diplomat, ambassador to foreign nations, and United States Senator and House Representative from Massachusetts. He was the son of John Adams, the second president of the United States. Adams was a strong supporter of social reform, with some of the areas of specific interest being public education, abolition, and temperance. A number of the pamphlets in this collection represent his thoughts on these issues.

This collection consists of published pamphlets ...


Guide To The New England Theatre Conference Records, 1950-2011, Meghan Damiano, Orson Kingsley Jan 2018

Guide To The New England Theatre Conference Records, 1950-2011, Meghan Damiano, Orson Kingsley

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Founded in 1946 by acclaimed drama critic Elliot Norton, the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) is a “non-profit Corporation, composed of individuals and organizations in the Six-State Region of New England, who are active or interested in the performing arts.” Norton began the organization with the purpose of displaying the benefit of networking and collaboration within the performing arts community. The organization focuses on providing opportunities for its members through its subdivisions and committees in an effort to meet the needs of its members through its various events, including its annual conference and auditions. Divisions within NETC include the Children ...


Guide To The Robert E. Pellissier Collection, Bulk 1899-1919, Orson Kingsley Jan 2018

Guide To The Robert E. Pellissier Collection, Bulk 1899-1919, Orson Kingsley

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Robert E. Pellissier was born in 1882 in a small town in the Jura Mountains of eastern France. He moved to the United States in 1896 and enrolled at Bridgewater State Normal School in 1899. While enrolled in the four-year program at Bridgewater he was involved in many student activities and organizations, including the early formative years of the Kappa Delta Phi fraternity that originated at Bridgewater in 1900. After graduating in 1903, Pellissier would go on to earn advanced degrees, including a Ph.D., from Harvard University.

Pellissier was a professor at Stanford University when World War I began ...


Guide To The Jack Coughlin Collection, 1973-1986, Orson Kingsley Jan 2018

Guide To The Jack Coughlin Collection, 1973-1986, Orson Kingsley

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Jack Coughlin is an artist of Irish-American heritage, well known for his portraits of literary figures and musicians. His prints, drawings and watercolors have been exhibited widely across the United States and Europe. They are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington D.C., the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences in Virginia, the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, the University of Colorado, the Philadelphia Free Public Library, Staedelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfort, Germany, the New University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and in ...


Guide To The Rev. Paul John Rich Collection, 1894-2008 (Bulk 1963-1978), Lenora Robinson, Orson Kingsley Jun 2017

Guide To The Rev. Paul John Rich Collection, 1894-2008 (Bulk 1963-1978), Lenora Robinson, Orson Kingsley

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Paul John Rich III was a minister at the First Parish Unitarian Church in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts from 1962-1978. He resigned from the Church on June 28, 1978 after a number of lawsuits and complaints were filed against him.

This collection consists of documents, photographs and other ephemera from and about Rev. Paul John Rich and the East Bridgewater First Parish Unitarian Church (referred to as “Church” in Box and Folder list) from roughly 1894-2008, some Church-specific materials are prior to Rev. Rich’s tenure, but the bulk of materials date from 1963-1978.


Guide To The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church Of Bridgewater Collection, 1717-Current, Lenora Robinson Jun 2017

Guide To The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church Of Bridgewater Collection, 1717-Current, Lenora Robinson

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The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Bridgewater started in what was then called the “South Parish” of Bridgewater. In 1717, John Washburn deeded two acres of land “to the inhabitants of the southern part of Bridgewater to build them a meeting house” and to use part of the land for a burial ground. The first meeting house, built in 1717, was enlarged in 1741. A second meeting house was built in 1760.

The Church and Bridgewater State University have a long history of collaboration as neighbors. The first Principal of the Bridgewater Normal School, Nicholas Tillinghast, was a Deacon ...


Guide To The Louise Dickinson Rich Collection, 1920-2012 (Bulk 1942-1976), Orson Kingsley May 2017

Guide To The Louise Dickinson Rich Collection, 1920-2012 (Bulk 1942-1976), Orson Kingsley

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Sarah Louise Dickinson (later known as Louise Dickinson Rich) was born in 1903. She was raised in Bridgewater, MA where her father was the publisher of the Bridgewater Independent newspaper. Louise Dickinson Rich graduated from the Bridgewater Normal School in 1924 with a 3 year degree and returned in 1931 to receive an additional degree. After teaching for a few years Rich moved to Maine. In 1942 her best-selling book, "We Took to the Woods," was published, beginning a long and successful writing career. Rich would go on to write many other books, including "Innocence Under the Elms" in 1955 ...


Guide To The Lincoln Group Of Boston Collection, 1938-, Orson Kingsley Mar 2017

Guide To The Lincoln Group Of Boston Collection, 1938-, Orson Kingsley

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The Lincoln Group of Boston was founded in February 1938 and has continued to meet 2-4 times a year ever since, with each meeting consisting of presentations relating to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War by both members and guest lecturers. Some of the prominent speakers have included James G. Randall in 1939, Carl Sandburg in 1940, Louis A. Warren in 1955, R. Gerald McMurtry in 1963, and James M. McPherson in 1989. An annual meeting is held at Bridgewater State University and members continue the tradition of adding research and publications to the historical canon of Abraham Lincoln scholarship ...


Guide To The Sgt. William E. Smith Collection, 1943-1946, 1952, Orson Kingsley Jan 2017

Guide To The Sgt. William E. Smith Collection, 1943-1946, 1952, Orson Kingsley

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William E. Smith (1917-1987) rose in rank from private to sergeant while serving 22 months in the European Theater during World War II. He oversaw the tactical employment and coordination of a team in charge of a 155mm gun (howitzer) in the “C” Battery, 174th Field Artillery Battalion of the United States Army. During the war the battalion, along with Smith, saw action in Normandy, the Rhineland, Northern France, Central Germany, and the Ardennes. His battalion was connected to General Patton’s 3rd Army that liberated Luxembourg and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Silver ...


Guide To The E. Millicent Sowerby Collection, 1901-1979, Lenora Robinson Jan 2017

Guide To The E. Millicent Sowerby Collection, 1901-1979, Lenora Robinson

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Emily Millicent Sowerby was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire, England on September 7, 1883. She received several degrees through Girton College, Cambridge, focusing on medieval and modern languages. A rare book cataloguer, Sowerby worked for several firms in London before moving to the U.S. in 1923 to continue her career. In 1942 Sowerby was appointed the bibliographer for the Thomas Jefferson Collection at the Library of Congress. There she prepared a reconstructed catalogue of the books that Thomas Jefferson sold to the United States in 1815 that had largely been lost due to fire and relocation. The collection is ...


Guide To The Mary L. Cobb Collection, 1890-1895, Orson Kingsley Jul 2016

Guide To The Mary L. Cobb Collection, 1890-1895, Orson Kingsley

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Mary Louise Cobb was born in North Carver, MA in 1873. She graduated from Plymouth High School prior to enrolling at Bridgewater Normal School in September 1890. She graduated from BNS in June 1892 and taught briefly before having to quit her job due to health issues. Her health continued to deteriorate until her death in October 1893 at the age of 20.

This collection contains 3 diaries kept by Mary Louise Cobb while a student at Bridgewater Normal School during the early 1890s. Transcriptions of the diaries are included, as well as research from Plymouth, MA newspapers documenting her ...


Guide To The Arthur Lloyd Hayden Papers, 1938-1973, Orson Kingsley Jun 2016

Guide To The Arthur Lloyd Hayden Papers, 1938-1973, Orson Kingsley

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As a young man Arthur Lloyd Hayden began collecting everything pertaining to Abraham Lincoln: pictures, books, articles, and memorabilia. In 1938 he started to “cut, separate, cull and arrange” his collection to put into scrapbooks. He joined the Lincoln Group of Boston in October 1938, as well as many other Lincoln-related organizations around the country. Many of his vacations consisted of following the tracks Abraham Lincoln left behind in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and other parts of the country, while collecting anything connected to Lincoln along the way. Hayden gave one presentation to the Lincoln Group in October 1966, entitled “My ...


Guide To The Kenneth A. Bernard Papers, 1945-1994, Orson Kingsley, Jacqueline Solis May 2016

Guide To The Kenneth A. Bernard Papers, 1945-1994, Orson Kingsley, Jacqueline Solis

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Kenneth Bernard taught history at Boston University for thirty-five years, with a focus on Abraham Lincoln. Over twenty of his students would go on to become members of the Lincoln Group of Boston, and four would serve as president of the group. Bernard joined the Lincoln Group in 1949. He served as secretary, 1954-1960, and as president, 1960-1969, and was an active member until his death in 1994.

Bernard presented many papers to the Lincoln Group. “Campaign Issues in 1860,” at the November 1949 meeting, was the first of many presentations on topics ranging from slavery and emancipation, to Lincoln ...


Guide To The Judge Elwin L. Page Papers, 1930-1970, Orson Kingsley Feb 2016

Guide To The Judge Elwin L. Page Papers, 1930-1970, Orson Kingsley

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Judge Elwin L. Page was a charter member of the Lincoln Group of Boston in 1938, as well as a member of the Group’s first executive committee. In 1952 he became the second president of the organization, and in 1960 acquired president emeritus status. Page was born in 1876 and was a lifelong resident of Concord, NH. He was an Associate Justice of the Superior Courts of New Hampshire, a member of the state’s 1930 and 1948 Constitutional Conventions, a member of the bar for over seventy years, and a practicing lawyer into his nineties. He published three ...


Guide To The Rev. Joseph L. Mccorison Papers, 1937-1971 (Bulk 1940s), Orson Kingsley Feb 2016

Guide To The Rev. Joseph L. Mccorison Papers, 1937-1971 (Bulk 1940s), Orson Kingsley

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Reverend Joseph Lyle McCorison Jr. was one of the original 19 charter members of the Lincoln Group of Boston who met for the first meeting in February 1938. He was a Midwesterner who completed graduate work at Harvard Divinity School and Andover Theological Seminary before becoming the President of South Dakota’s Yankton College in 1940. He returned to Boston in 1944 to become Regional Director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and to work with many civic, religious, and educational groups.

McCorison dedicated much of his time to Lincoln scholarship. Of particular interest to him were the ...


Guide To The Richard F. Lufkin Collection, 1928-1962, Orson Kingsley Feb 2016

Guide To The Richard F. Lufkin Collection, 1928-1962, Orson Kingsley

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Richard Friend Lufkin was a professional civil engineer and head of the Richard Lufkin Company (engineers, draftsmen, artists, and cartographers). He was an Abraham Lincoln scholar and published a number of writings and illustrated maps revolving around Lincoln and his time spent in New England. He was also a popular speaker around New England on Lincoln related topics. In 1957 he traveled to Rome for the purpose of giving a presentation about Lincoln, in Italian, resulting in an honorary membership in the Society of Romans.

Lufkin was a longtime member of the Lincoln Group of Boston. He served as the ...


Guide To The Tillinghast Family Collection, 1754-1892, Orson Kingsley Jan 2016

Guide To The Tillinghast Family Collection, 1754-1892, Orson Kingsley

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The lineage of the Tillinghast family in America begins with Pardon Elisha Tillinghast, who left England to settle in Providence, RI prior to 1650. His son Joseph [1677-1763] had a son, Nicholas, in 1726. This Nicholas was the first of three straight generations of the same name, with the latter becoming the first principal of the Bridgewater Normal School in 1840. Another son of Pardon Elisha Tillinghast was Pardon Tillinghast Jr. [1668-1743], who relocated to the East Greenwich, RI area. Many later generations of the Tillinghast family would remain in the East and West Greenwich area, which this collection largely ...


Guide To The Massachusetts Association For Health, Physical Education, Recreation And Dance Collection, 1935-Current, Lenora Robinson Jan 2016

Guide To The Massachusetts Association For Health, Physical Education, Recreation And Dance Collection, 1935-Current, Lenora Robinson

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The Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) is a non-profit organization for professionals and students dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles. The organization was in existence in 1935 as Massachusetts Society of the American Physical Education Association, before changing to the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and finally adding “Dance” to its name in 1983. MAHPERD is a division of the Eastern District Association of SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America, a national organization started in 1885 as American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. AAHPERD became SHAPE America ...


Guide To The Faye George Collection, 1940-2016, Orson Kingsley, Lenora Robinson Jan 2016

Guide To The Faye George Collection, 1940-2016, Orson Kingsley, Lenora Robinson

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Faye George is a poet from southeast Massachusetts. She was born in Weymouth, MA in 1933. She has published seven poetry collections, five in book form two in chapbook form. These include: A Wound On Stone (2001); the lyric verse collection Back Roads 2003); Märchenhaft: Like a Fairy Tale (2008); the historical sequence, Voices of King Philip’s War (2013), dramatizing the 17th century conflict between the English colonists and the Woodland tribes of southern New England, for which she was a recipient of New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Prize; and World of Hard Use (2015), containing poems ...


Guide To The Mary Lavin Collection, 1945-1995 (Bulk 1978-1982), Orson Kingsley Jan 2015

Guide To The Mary Lavin Collection, 1945-1995 (Bulk 1978-1982), Orson Kingsley

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Guide To The Thomas Fleming Collection, 1977-1992, Orson Kingsley Jan 2015

Guide To The Thomas Fleming Collection, 1977-1992, Orson Kingsley

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Thomas James Fleming was born in 1927 in New Jersey into an Irish-American family. He is both a historian and a novelist and has written many works in both categories. Fleming was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and has written over 40 publications.

The bulk of this collection is of correspondence between Thomas Fleming and the donor, Maureen Connelly. The books in the collection are all personally inscribed by Fleming to Ms. Connelly.


Guide To The Charles Dickens Collection, 1837 – 1981 (Bulk 1837 – 1904), Orson Kingsley Jan 2015

Guide To The Charles Dickens Collection, 1837 – 1981 (Bulk 1837 – 1904), Orson Kingsley

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Charles Dickens, born February 7, 1812, was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as one of, if not the greatest, novelist of the Victorian Period. His work was, and continues to be, highly popular. Many aspects of his stories and his characters have become embedded in our culture and continue to influence society to this day. He died on June 9, 1870.

The Charles Dickens Collection consists of material relating to the life and work of Dickens, such as original journal reviews and essays by ...


Guide To The Edward Kirby Collection, 1954-2004, Orson Kingsley Jan 2014

Guide To The Edward Kirby Collection, 1954-2004, Orson Kingsley

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Edward P. "Ned" Kirby, a native of Whitman, Massachusetts, was a longtime Republican politician in the state. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College Law School, he joined the Army during the Korean War and served as a Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1952-1955. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives three consecutive terms from 1961-1966, representing the 5th Plymouth District. Kirby was the youngest Republican in the House when he was first elected. From 1968-1976 he served as Plymouth County Commissioner. In 1981 he was elected to the ...


Guide To The May Sarton Collection, 1965-1997, Orson Kingsley Jan 2014

Guide To The May Sarton Collection, 1965-1997, Orson Kingsley

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The poet, novelist and nonfiction writer May Sarton was born in Belgium in 1912, but relocated with her parents to Cambridge, MA at an early age. Her literary career began with the publication of a collection of poetry in 1937; The Single Hound, her first novel, appeared the following year. Sarton published nearly 20 collections of poetry, 20 novels, 13 works of nonfiction, and two children’s books during her career.

Sarton received awards and grants from the Poetry Society of America, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation. In addition ...


Guide To The Shuji Isawa Collection, 1875 – 2010 (Bulk 1870s), Orson Kingsley Jan 2014

Guide To The Shuji Isawa Collection, 1875 – 2010 (Bulk 1870s), Orson Kingsley

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Shuji Isawa (1850-1917) was sent to the United States by the Japanese Ministry of Education during the early portion of the Meiji Restoration. In 1875 Isawa enrolled at the Bridgewater State Normal School to learn about the United States educational system and Normal School movement, and to bring this information back to Japan. He graduated from Bridgewater State Normal School in 1877 after finishing the two year program. He would go onto study at Harvard for a short time before returning to Japan.

Isawa quickly began reforming the Japanese educational system upon his return to Japan. Some of the new ...


Guide To The Massachusetts Reading Association Records, 1971-Current, Kara Leclair, Orson Kingsley Jan 2013

Guide To The Massachusetts Reading Association Records, 1971-Current, Kara Leclair, Orson Kingsley

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Administrative History:

The Massachusetts Readers Association, or the MRA, is a professional non-profit organization of individuals whose primary purpose is to improve the quality and level of literacy in the state of Massachusetts. The MRA is an affiliate of the International Reading Association, a worldwide literacy organization with a network of 300,000 educators in 99 countries. The MRA promotes literacy for all learners through professional development, research, publications, and advocacy for the literacy community. Some of the ways advocacy is met is through an annual state conference; disseminating best literacy practices to educators and parents; advocating for literacy issues ...


Guide To The Conrad Aiken Collection, 1940-1997, Orson Kingsley Jan 2013

Guide To The Conrad Aiken Collection, 1940-1997, Orson Kingsley

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Brief Biographical Note:

Conrad Potter Aiken (1889-1973) was born in Savannah, Georgia on August 5, 1889. After the tragic death of his parents, Aiken moved to Massachusetts, where he would eventually attend Harvard University and distinguish himself as President of the Harvard Advocate and co-editor with T.S. Eliot. Aiken was a successful poet and novelist, receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 1930 or his Selected Poems. Other awards included the Shelley Memorial Award (the award’s first recipient), National Medal for Literature, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bollingen Prize, and the ...


Guide To The Hall Of Black Achievement Collection, 1987-2011, Orson Kingsley Jan 2013

Guide To The Hall Of Black Achievement Collection, 1987-2011, Orson Kingsley

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The Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement (HOBA) was founded in 1987 with a mission of “to discover, detail, and disclose the significant achievements and contributions of people of color.” Each year a heritage celebration was held to posthumously induct historical figures into the Hall of Black Achievement that made significant contributions to society or within their fields. A painted portrait of each inductee is on display in the Maxwell Library. Material in the collection includes programs from inaugurations, promotional material, biographical information on the members honored by HOBA, DVD's and VHS tapes of past inaugurations, and some objects.


Guide To The New Agenda: Northeast Records Collection, 1977-Current, Orson Kingsley Jan 2013

Guide To The New Agenda: Northeast Records Collection, 1977-Current, Orson Kingsley

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The New Agenda: Northeast was co-founded in the Spring of 1987 by Mary Lydon, President of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; Mary Pratt, Past Vice President of the Division for Girls’ and Women’s Sport for the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and Mark Colon, Education Director for the New England Sports Museum. It was based upon the national New Agenda, established in 1984 through the efforts and leadership of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, an Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and ...