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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.