Nickerson Finding Aids

Walter E. Babbitt Collection

The Walter E. Babbitt Collection consists of 938 manuscript documents dated ca.1678–1895. They relate to people and organizations in Cape Cod, Plymouth, and towns beyond. Included are church pew and real estate deeds; indentures; wills and other estate papers; maritime records; petitions; town warrants; church and school records; and genealogical data.

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Baker Family Collection 1819–1911

Image from Story of a Builder: Joseph Lincoln BakerConsists of ledgers of Archelaus and Isaac D. Baker (Dennis) which show entries for store bills and port charges of schooner Cohasset (freighter); accounts of Cranberry bog operations; personal expenditures; and records of wages paid to members of the Baker family who worked as crew on a number of vessels.

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Lorenzo Dow Baker Papers

The Lorenzo Dow Baker Papers consists of 11 boxes, 12 linear feet of shelf space and approximately 800 items. The Baker Papers are largely letters written to Loren Dow Baker, Jr. (L.D. Baker, Jr. 1864–1950) from 1883–1899.

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Dr. Irving H. Bartlett Collection 1923–2006

This collection contains nineteenth century American newspapers, pamphlets and prints deposited in the W.B. Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives by Irving Bartlett. This collection reflects Dr. Bartlett's extensive research on abolition and nineteenth century political biography.

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Burt/Jones/Hills Families Collection

Image of Monomoy Island, circa 1900Consists of reminiscences of Captain Matthias W. Burt, Captain John Burt, Asa L. Jones and others.

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Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Collection

Collections consists of publications regarding tourism from 1923–1980 created by the Cape Cod Advancements Plan and later Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. Includes memberships lists and some newsletters from 1950’s. Publications include Cape Cod Handbook (1931–1953), Cape Cod Directory (1950–1991), and Visitors Guide (1970–1980).

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Cape Cod Community College Commencement Exercises

Commencement programs for the graduation ceremonies of Cape Cod Community College beginning with the year 1963. Box also contains speeches given in 1984 by Joseph Duffey, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts and in 1986 by Edward M. Kennedy, Senator from Massachusetts.

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Cape Cod National Seashore Park

Proposal for the Cape Cod National SeashoreConsists of transcripts of hearings before the Subcommittee on Public Lands of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of The House of Representatives (86th Congress) considering various Proposals for the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park; Minutes of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission; Regional inventory reports of the National Shoreline Study; and Master Plans for the Park. Also extracts from the survey of historic structures within the Cape Cod National Seashore Park.

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Cape Cod Telephone Directories

Old telephone booksThe Nickerson Archives stores the following Telephone Directories beginning in 1886 and 1915. We have a continuous run from 1935, all gaps are noted.

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Admont Clark Lighthouse Collection

Point Gamon lighthouseConsists of Photographs, reprints, charts, microfilm payroll and accounts all related to the publication by Admont G.Clark Lighthouses of Cape Cod-Martha's Vineyard-Nantucket: Their History and Lore, Parnasseus Press, 1992. 1 carton.

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Cranberry Culture in Massachusetts

This collection consists of oral history tapes, transcriptions and photograph portraits giving an almost complete description of the cranberry growing families during the 1980's that existed in the upper and Mid-Cape areas, as well as Southeastern Massachusetts, Nantucket and Gay Head. Maurice Makepeace describes the beginnings of his family's company and their early holdings in Barnstable.

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