Digital Commonwealth

John W. Ragle Archives Room Collection

Governor's Academy

The library's John W. Ragle Archives Room houses documents, books, images, film and other media, and artifacts dating from the school's pre-Revolutionary-War-Era formation. Our collection features items of local and national historical significance, including Academy Trustee Meeting Minutes handwritten by John Quincy Adams; the Will and Testament of 18th Century Acting Provincial Governor of Massachusetts, William Dummer; the Academy's Act of Incorporation Charter signed by John Hancock and Samuel Adams; and a collection of glass-plate negatives of the work of Essex County (MA) photographer John White Winder.