Collection Guides/Finding Aids

HarrisonLetters1.jpgWe are currently in the process of creating guides for all of our collections so that you can easily find information on your topic. Below you will find the collection guides that we have completed. We have provided the general subjects of the collections, as well as some of the people mentioned, but you can also search within the documents.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of our collections. For information please contact us at | 978-686-9230.

  • Moulton Batchelder Papers, 1863-1929
    Subjects: Law Enforcement, Crimes, Criminals, Immigrants, Mill Accidents, Pacific Mills, Methuen Co., Mill Workers, Bread and Roses Strike, Textile Industry, Labor, Civil War, Families, Clubs
    People: Moulton Batchelder, Joseph Ettor, Arturo Giovannitti, Chase Philbrick, John Montgomery, John Sherry, Kimball W. Rollins, William Hyde, John Daly, John W. Flynn, Jeannette Wilcox, Peter Harn, Carrie M. Maynard, Judge William Moody

  • Buswell, Merrill, and Poor(e) Family Collection, 1804-1980
    Subjects: Families, Military, Soldiers, Officers, Civil War, Death, Estates, Cemeteries, Taxes, Home Ownership, Weddings, Businesses, Buswell Acres, Genealogy
    People: Joshua Buswell, Joseph E. Buswell, Abigail Buswell, Julia Buswell, Mildred Buswell, Licus Buswell, Bernard Clinton Buswell, Isaac Buswell, Joseph Merrill Buswell, Washington Merrill, Lydia Merrill, Julia Merrill, John Merrill, Thomas Poore, Mrs. Piercy Poore, Enoch Poor, Fred A. Poor, Chester Poor, Charles Poor, George Poor, Dennis Capron, Mary Madden, Rev. Charles Oliphant

  • Bruce Family Papers, 1865-1955
    Subjects: World War I, Families, Politics, Mayors, Community Involvement, Arlington Mills, Immigrants, Gold Rush, Harvard University, Phillips Academy, Civil War, Clubs, Businesses
    People: Alexander B. Bruce, David Bruce, Charles Wainwright, Carrie Wainwright, Emma Wainwright, Mary Mitchell, Alec Bruce, Lillian Bruce, Beverley Bruce, Edith Bruce, Helen Bruce, Reverend William E. Wolcott, Alfred J. Bates, M. H. Young

  • Mayor John J. Buckley Papers, 1921-1985
    Subjects: Mayors, Politicians, Politics, City Officials, Political Campaigns, Elections, Department of Engineering, Department of Health and Charities, Department of Public Property and Parks, Department of Public Safety, Massachusetts Governor's Council, Rent Control Board, Urban Renewal, Urban Redevelopment, Traffic Operations Program to Improve Capacity and Safety (TOPICS), Taxes, Discrimination, Charter Reform, Education, Lawrence Public Schools, Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical High School, Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayors' Association, Fair Housing Act, Unemployment, Labor, Transportation, Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence Eagle Tribune
    People: Governor Francis W. Sargent, Richard A. Reming, Robert J. Lippe, Alfred A. Donovan, James A. Feeley, Harold S. Weinroth, Roland R. Siskind

  • Andrew "Andy" Callahan Collection, 1910-2000
    Subjects: Boxing, Sports, Military, Veterans, War, WWII, Purple Heart Award, Presidential Certificates and Awards, Methods of Communication during war time
    People: Cy Brown, Jimmy Cagney, Andrew Callahan, Peter Callahan, Robert Crosby, Arthur Flynn, Henry Janco, Al Lacy, George Moore, Tony Previte,, President Franklin D. Roosevelt , Jack Sharkey, Rita Callahan Shine

  • Papers of Donald J. Christensen, 1911? - 1998?
    Subjects: Textiles, Dyeing, Chemistry, Manufacturing, Fabric Samples, Lab Notes, Textron, Aspinook Corporation, Lawrence Experiment Station, Color Samples, Dupont, General Dyestuff Company
    People: Ernest H. Allard, Donald J. Christensen, C.L. Daley, Julius K. Jarek, R.G. Knowland, , John J. McDonald

  • Church of the Good Shepherd Unitarian Universalist Collection, 1847-1980
    Subjects: Religion, Churches, Unitarians, Universalists, Church Events, Church Government, Church Clubs, Church Organizations, Church Finances, Sunday School, Sermons, American Unitarian Association, Essex Company, Philanthropy
    People Charles Storrow, Lucey Storrow, Hezekiah Plummer, William Joplin, George Howe, Amos Barstow Murphy, Robert Wheatley, Theodore Deluca, Josephine Spalding, Ernest J. Bowden, Frank A. Sherman, Clinton Andrews, George Brown, Perley Leck, Eugene Woodbury, Evangeline O’Connor Proctor, Don Howard Little, Keith Munson, Edwin Craven, Priscilla Allen, George Clark, Summer Needham, George H. McFarlin, Henry Buell, Rev. MJ Steere, W. Wayne Artis, Kenneth Hawkes

  • Hugh A. Cregg Papers, 1912?-1960
    Subjects:Lawyers, District Attorneys, Essex County, Crime, Criminals, Trials, Campaigns, Elections, World War I, Families, Senators, Selectmen, Sports, Athletes, Banking Industry, Death, Prohibition, Fraud, Government Officials, Religion
    People: Winifred (Gerrin) Cregg, Donald Cregg, Edward F. Cregg, Russell Noble, Jessie B. Costello, William Costello, Clement F. Molway, Louis Berrett, Alderman J. W. McCarthy, Frances Cochrane, Peter Akulonis, Charles W. McNeil, Lorraine Clark, Edmund Pearson, Judge Felix Forte, Judge Horace T. Cahill, Isadore Osman

  • Elizabeth Drwila Massachusetts Women's Defense Corps Collection, 1941-1992
    Subjects: Women's History, World War II, Military History, Massachusetts Women's Defense Corps, Volunteers, First Aid, Air Raids, Camp O'Connor, Celebrations, Holidays
    People:: Elizabeth Drwila, Vincenza Lomastro, Colonel Carolyn F. Standley

  • Essex Company Collection
    Subjects: Essex Company, Boston Associates, Mills, Textile Industry, Manufacturing, Water Power, Water Supply, Experiment Station, Public Health, Dams, Canals, Rivers, Construction, Engineering, Businesses, Real Estate, City Planning
    People: Amos Lawrence, Abbot Lawrence, Samuel Lawrence, Nathan Appleton, Patrick Tracy Jackson, Daniel Saunders, William Sturgis, Ignatious Sargent, Hiram F. Mills, Charles S. Storrow, Robert Tewksbury, Richard A. Hale

  • Barry Flynn Essex Company Collection, 1804-1985?
    Subjects: Essex Company, Boston Associates, Mills, Textile Industry, Manufacturing, Water Power, Water Supply, Experiment Station, Public Health, Dams, Canals, Rivers, Construction, Engineering, Businesses, Real Estate, City Planning
    People: Abbott Lawrence, Richard A. Hale, Hiram F. Mills, Charles S. Storrow, Barry Flynn

  • First Spiritual Church of Methuen Collection, 1887-1974
    Subjects: Churches, Spiritualism, Religion, Mediums, Church Events, Church Organizations, Church Clubs, Lyceum, Hymns, Church Finances, National Spiritualist Association, Massachusetts State Association of Spiritualists, Church Government
    People: Thomas Hadfield, Martha A. Whitehead, Elizabeth Short, Dan Moore

  • First Universalist Society of Methuen Collection, 1824-1959
    Subjects: Churches, Universalism, Religion, Church Events, Church Organizations, Church Clubs, Sunday School, Church Finances, Church Government, Massachusetts Universalist Convention, Philanthropy
    People: Rev. Libby, Kimball Gleason Colby, Fred S. Woodbury, W. L. S. Gilcreast, Charles H. Tenney, Addison P. Russell, Asa Simonds, A. Gertrude Earl

  • John S. Harrison Civil War Letters, 1860-1865
    Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Soldiers, Draft Riots, Artillery, Weaponry, Romance
    People: John H. Freeman, John S. Harrison, Wallace Bailey, Henry A. Dow, Angus T. Whitfield, Clara Cleveland, I. F. Batchelder, President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses Grant, General George McClellan, Governor Horatio Seymour
    Note: The original letters have been restricted, but scans and transcriptions are available to researchers.

  • Mayor Daniel P. Kiley, Jr. Papers, 1900?-1971
    Subjects: Mayors, Politics, Politicians, City Officials, Political Campaigns, Elections, Urban Renewal, Urban Redevelopment, Lawrence Housing Authority, Title I, Mental Health Initiatives, Labor, Unions, Collective Bargaining, Lawrence School Committee, Lawrence Public Schools, Youth and School Programs, Clubs, Sports, Football, Policemen, Police Department, Massachusetts League of Cities & Towns, U.S. Conference of Mayors
    People: Mayor Daniel P. Kiley, Jr., Daniel Kiley, Sr., Rosemary Kiley, Kevin Kiley, Donald Kiley, Dr. Fritz Lindquist, Patrick J. Mogan, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, John F. Burke

  • Lawrence General Hospital Collection, 1876-2003
    Subjects: Hospitals, Philanthropy, Charities, Illness, Treatments, Patients, Doctors, Nurses, Schools, Lawrence Flower Mission, Ladies' Union Charitable Society of Lawrence, Immigrants, Poverty, Working Class, Children, Childcare
    People: Susan Crocker

  • Lawrence Women's Club Collection, 1892-1989
    Subjects: Women, Philanthropy, Charity, Social Improvement, Social Innovation, Immigration, Immigrants, Clubs, Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs, Lawrence Women's Club, Poverty, Social Clubs, Societies, Organizations, Volunteerism, Leadership, Tuesday Sorosis Club
    People: Emily G. Wetherbee, Mrs. Henry Leslie Sherman, Marion Barker, Amanda M. Brackett

  • Mayor Lawrence P. LeFebre Papers, 1849-2005
    Subjects: Mayors, Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Governors, Senators, Representatives, Politics, Politicians, City Officials, Political Campaigns, Elections, Legislation, Inaugurations, Hydroelectricity, Lawrence Community Boating Program, Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence High School, Celebrities, Birthdays, Sports, Football, Lacrosse, Baseball, Families, Celebrations, School Committees, Total Quality Management, Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, God and Country Parade, Lawrence Musicians Union, Arlington District, Lawrence Rental Association, Ithaca College, Lawrence Development and Industrial Commission, Lawrence High School Hall of Fame, Lawrence In-Town, Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Lawrence Heritage State Park
    People: Mayor Lawrence LeFebre, Lorraine LeFebre, Eileen (Crowley) LeFebre, Eva Graf, Georgianna LeFebre, Robert LeFebre, Pauline LeFebre, Patricia LeFebre, Barry Flynn, Dr. W. Edwards Deming, James (Chip) Carter, President James (Jimmy) Carter, Senator Edwards Kennedy, Vice President Walter Mondale, David Burke, Congressman Thomas Lane, Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, Governor Edward King, Mayor Walter Griffin, Mayor Kevin Sullivan, Joseph Markey, Robert Moynihan, Terrance Schiavone, John F. Burke, John F. Kennedy, Barbara Young, Lieutenant Governor Thomas O'Neill, Governor Michael Dukakis, Senator Sharon Pollard, Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

  • Noonan Family Collection, 1868-1998
    Subjects: Education, Teaching, Curriculum, Textbooks, Lawrence High School, Boston University, St. Mary's Parish, St. Mary's High School, Sisterhood, Lawrence Public Schools
    People: Mary V. Noonan, Kathryn E. Noonan, Catherine Noonan, Ellen (Nellie) Byron Noonan, William Noonan, Lawrence Byron, Marguarite Byron, Edward J. Byron, Annie M. Byron,

  • Alice Winifred O’Connor Papers, 1846?-1990?
    • Finding Aid
    • Alice Winifred O'Connor Immigration Thesis, 1914 (View on Internet Archive)
    • Alice Winifred O'Connor Personal Diaries (View on Internet Archive)

    Subjects: Immigration History, Immigration Law, Discrimination, Naturalization, Citizenship, Massachusetts Division of Immigration and Naturalization, International Institute of Boston, National League for American Citizenship, National Citizenship Education Program, Massachusetts Displaced Persons Commission, Education, Economics, Social Clubs, Political Clubs, Emmanuel College, Social Work, Lawyers, Great Depression, Works Project Administration, World War II, Cold War, McCarran Act, Red Scare, Communism, Religion, St. Francis Purgatorial Society, Families, Genealogy
    People: Pauline Rever Thayer, Mary Guyton, Mary O'Connor, Susanna O'Connor, Eleanor O'Connor, John P. O'Connor, Susanna (Brassill) O'Connor, Walter H. Bieringer, Senator/President John F. Kennedy, Dennis E. Callahan, Governor Leverett Saltonstall, John E Sweeney, Mary Sweeney, Mary O'Connor (Alice O'Connor's Aunt), Maurice Mahoney, Maggie Leary, Charles O'Donnell, John Joyce, Ellen O'Connor, Abigail O'Connor, John Higgins, Timothy Sweeney, John P. O'Connor, Mary O'Connor Sullivan, Annie Hart, Honora F. Brassill, Bridget Brassill, Johanna Brassill, Nora Brassill, Patrick Brassill, Jan Coakley, Richard H. Forshay, Marjorie (Putnam) Coakley, Jennie Joyce, Katie A. Brassill, Captain Michael F. Sullivan, Mary A. Sullivan, John S. Sullivan, Richard J. Sullivan, President Calvin Coolidge, President William Howard Taft, President Herbert Hoover, President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Charles L. Patterson Family Papers, 1899?-1993?
    Patterson Family Tree, 1609-1993
    Subjects: Families, Genealogy, Grecian Lodge (A. F. & A. M.), Lawrence Canoe Club, Lawrence High School, Graduations, Knights Templar, National Machine Tools Builders Association, Freemasons, Recreation, Marriages, Deaths
    People: Charles L. Patterson, Beatrice (Parkinson) Patterson, James Patterson, Agnes Flora (Lawrence) Patterson, John Lawrence, Arthur H. Rooney, L. H. Lawlor, Horace M. Lawrence, Helen Rollins, Florence L. Steele, Alice C. Dorman

  • Guy Pennisi Papers, 1892-1995?
    Subjects: Religion, Immigrants, Italian-Americans, Art, Theater, Holy Rosary Parish, Venerini Sisters, Private Schools, Public Schools, Graduations, Entertainment, Politics, Merrimack Valley History, Clubs, Boy Scouts, Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus, Businesses, Technology, Healthy Living
    People: Guy Pennisi, Julia Pennisi, Joseph Pennisi, Maurice Pennisi, Carmelina Pennisi, Mark Pennisi, John F. Kennedy

  • Papers of Clarisse Poirier, Ph.D.
    Subjects: Preservation, Immigrant City Archives, City Planning, Lawrence Community Development Department, Merrimack College, Manuscripts, Fisi Sales Building, Architecture, Pemberton Mill, Oral Histories, Historic Districts, National Register of Historic Places, North Canal District, Mechanics Block, Urban Design, Economics, Lawrence City Hall Cupola, Urban Renewal
    People: Eartha Dengler, Clarisse Poirier

  • Urban Renewal and Redevelopment Collection, 1949?­1977?
    Subjects: Urban Renewal Programs, City Planning, Land Redevelopment, Immigrants, Families, Businesses, Relocation Programs, Housing Codes, Zoning Ordinances , Economics, Demographics, Employment, Housing, Tenements, Lawrence Housing Authority, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Municipal Governments, City Officials, Poverty, Older Persons, Taxes, Suburbanization, Commercial Districts, Lawrence High School, Lawrence General Hospital, Neighborhoods, Eminent Domain
    People: John J. Sorois, Thomas Walsh, Mayor John J. Buckley, Mayor Daniel P. Kiley, Jr.


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