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Lyman family papers

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Lyman family papers
The Lyman family papers (MS017) reflect the personal, social, and professional life and work, of the Lyman family of Boston and Waltham, Massachusetts. Most of the collection is comprised of personal and business correspondence; bills and receipts; genealogical material; estate inventories; and trust fund papers. The collection is arranged in three series. Background: In 1951, Historic New England received the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts, as a gift from the children of Arthur and Susan Cabot Lyman. A later gift, in 1988, from Martha Miller, formed the bases of the collection: Lyman family papers (now MS017). Update: 2013-2014 In 2013-2014, through a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13: "Family Manuscript Collections: Expanding Online Access to New England Heritage Project"), twenty-six Historic New England manuscript collections of family papers were re-evaluated and processed/reprocessed to meet current archival standards and "best practices;" corresponding finding aids were created/updated to be DACS-compliant and converted into electronic Microsoft Word document form; and the finding aids were made accessible/searchable online through the use of the Minisis M2A archival database of the Minisis Collections Management System. The Lyman family papers (MS017) were part of the grant project. Prior to the 2013-2014 collection processing, the Lyman family papers (MS017) comprised two file boxes (approx. 0.83 linear ft.), which contained correspondence and related envelopes; an account log; bills, receipts, and other financial records; genealogical material; trust fund material; material related to the Lyman family estate, the Vale; and other Lyman family papers. During processing, the collection was arranged according to record type; most of the original folder titles were maintained (appropriate headings and folder titles were supplied, as applicable); related folders were combined or rearranged, as applicable; and brief research was engaged to create a biographical/ historical sketch and genealogy. Preservation issues were identified and basic preservation methods were applied, as applicable; papers throughout the collection were removed from envelopes (if applicable), unfolded, flattened, and related pages were noted with corresponding information in brackets ([x-1/3], [x-2/3], [x-3/3]; and oversize material was rehoused appropriately (or materials were interleafed within file boxes), as applicable. The collection was rehoused (in acid-free folders and boxes), numbered, labeled, barcoded, and stored accordingly; subsequent accessions were tracked and noted with their corresponding items; and related collections held by Historic New England and other repositories were researched and noted. A DACS-compliant, electronic 2010-2013 Microsoft Word document finding aid was created (with corresponding paper finding aid) and entered into the collection record in the Minisis M2A online database. NOTE: Processing/updating the collection and making the finding aid accessible online were made possible through grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13), the Bedford Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
family papers
Historic New England
Collection (local):
MS017: Lyman family papers
country houses
account books
bills of lading
bills of sale
burial records
business letters
deed registers
estate inventories
financial records
tax records
foundations (organizations)
letters (correspondence)
letters of recommendation
personal correspondence
black-and-white photographs
real estate
registrations (licenses)
site plans
clippings (information artifacts)
flower gardens
Historic New England properties
Archaeological Institute of America. Committee on Colonial and National Art
First Parish in Waltham (Unitarian) (Waltham, Mass.)
Harvard University
Instructive District Nursing Association (Boston, Mass.)
King's Chapel (Boston, Mass.)
Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company
Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture
Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Mass.)
Mrs. Arthur T. Lyman Fund
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Appleton, James Amory
Bourne, John
Cabot, Ella Lyman
Dennis, Frank
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Eliot, Grace (Hopkinson)
Eliot, Mary (Lyman), 1802-1875
Emerson, Waldo
Endicott, William, II
Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955
Lyman, Anne (Pratt), 1798-1875
Lyman, Arthur T. (Arthur Theodore), 1832-1915
Lyman, Arthur T. (Arthur Theodore), Jr., 1861-1933
Lyman, Arthur Theodore, III, 1894-1968
Lyman, Charles, 1850-1905
Lyman, Ella (Ella Bancroft Lowell), 1837-1894
Lyman, Frank M., 1849-1868
Lyman, George Gray, 1846-1883
Lyman, George Theodore, 1821-1908
Lyman, George Williams, 1786-1880
Lyman, J. O. (James Otis), 1847-1881
Lyman, Richard, 1580-approximately 1640
Lyman, Sally (Otis), 1825-1894
Lyman, Susan Channing (Cabot), 1864-1951
Lyman, Theodore, 1753-1839
McIntire, Samuel, 1757-1811
Meredith, Elizabeth Gray (Lyman), 1858-1946
Miller, Martha Otis (Stengel), 1912-
Munroe, Bethiah, d. ca. 1859
Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848
Otis, James
Otis, Martha (Church)
Otis, Elizabeth Henderson (Boardman), 1796-1873
Paine, Robert Treat, 1835-1910
Pepper, Alice (Lyman), 1852-1935
Post, Abby
Sears, Philip Howes, 1822-1898
Sears, Sarah Pratt (Lyman), 1835-1911
MassachusettsMiddlesex (county)Waltham
MassachusettsMiddlesex (county)Cambridge
MaineYork (county)Kennebunk
MassachusettsHampshire (county)Northampton
MassachusettsEssex (county)Salem
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Family papers: 1.04 linear ft. (2 file boxes, 1 half-file box) plus 3 oversize folders
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Gift of Martha Miller, 1988
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