Drew Archival Library

Drew Archival Library The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society's archives and research library are housed in the beautiful 1909 Wright Building, recently renovated by the Town of Duxbury.

A Christmas Romance In Duxbury
12/06/2014
A Christmas Romance In Duxbury

A Christmas Romance In Duxbury

While everyone is familiar with the fabled courtship of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, there is an equally enchanting (and truer) love story that took place in Duxbury. This is really a tale in ...

11/05/2013

If you "like" the Drew Archival Library's page, don't forget to also "Like" the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society's page - weekly Throwback Thursday photos and event information can be found there.

Latest Civil War blog post from DRHS using the recently acquired letters of Pvt. Henry Barstow.
03/27/2013
Duxbury Soldiers in the Bayous

Latest Civil War blog post from DRHS using the recently acquired letters of Pvt. Henry Barstow.

By March 1863, 150 years ago this month, about 162 men from Duxbury had enlisted to serve in the Union Army. We have, in this blog, frequently discussed the men who belonged to the 18th Massachuset...

Our latest acquisition - photograph of sculptor John Horrigan with Myles Standish's head and torso.
03/06/2013
How Myles Standish Lost His Head

Our latest acquisition - photograph of sculptor John Horrigan with Myles Standish's head and torso.

Myles Standish was known to have a hot temper but it was not until 1922[1] that he truly lost his head. Shortly after noon on a sultry August day an electrical storm caused lightning to strike the...

The Accounts of Ardelia E. Ripley Hall
03/05/2013
The Accounts of Ardelia E. Ripley Hall

The Accounts of Ardelia E. Ripley Hall

In 1856 seventeen year old Ardelia E.Ripley (1839-1899), the daughter of Samuel E. Ripley and Sarah Cushman[1], was a student at Partridge Academy in Duxbury. Her Common School Book-Keeping Being ...

Happy Valentine's Day!
02/14/2013
The Opposite of a Love Letter

Happy Valentine's Day!

I had fully intended to share a love poem or letter today from one of our collections in honor of Valentine's Day. But what I found instead was simply too good to pass up. In 1829, when he was jus...

Hannah D. Thomas Moir: Civil War Nurse
02/04/2013
Hannah D. Thomas Moir: Civil War Nurse

Hannah D. Thomas Moir: Civil War Nurse

by Carolyn Ravenscroft There are four women from Duxbury who share the honor of being recognized as a Civil War nurse. One, Charlotte Bradford, has been written of extensively in this blog. Another...

01/31/2013
Journal of Adeline Baker now online

Journal of Adeline Baker now online

The journal of Adeline Baker has been transcribed and is now available under our Journals tab. Adeline Baker (1829-1856) grew up in the Crooked Lane neighborhood in North Duxbury, near the Marshfi...

Photographs now on both Flickr and Pinterest.  More to come.
01/02/2013
Drew Archival Library

Photographs now on both Flickr and Pinterest. More to come.

Wright Estate in Winter, Duxbury

200 years ago today...a little love letter.
11/15/2012
200 Years Ago Today…well, yesterday

200 years ago today...a little love letter.

The largest collection by far held at the Drew Archival Library is that of the Bradford Family. It spans 300 years, has hundreds of letters, photographs, shipping papers, journals, etc, etc. It i...

Winfield Scott Freeman & Co., c. 1880. The store was eventually sold to Sweetser & Arnold and later became Sweetser's Ma...
11/14/2012

Winfield Scott Freeman & Co., c. 1880. The store was eventually sold to Sweetser & Arnold and later became Sweetser's Market.

Great image of 319, 329 and 339 Powder Point Avenue from a recently scanned collection of postcards and photographs.
11/09/2012

Great image of 319, 329 and 339 Powder Point Avenue from a recently scanned collection of postcards and photographs.

Throwback Thursday -Hurricane of September 1944.
11/08/2012

Throwback Thursday -
Hurricane of September 1944.

Drew Archival Library's cover photo
11/07/2012

Drew Archival Library's cover photo

Vote!
11/07/2012
Vote! And Thank You Judith Winsor Smith.

Vote!

For two long hours on election day, not long ago She stood where the voters streamed past in a row. And gave suffrage leaflets to all who woul...

Latest blog post...a photograph that needs a bit more explanation.
10/26/2012
Reading Photographs

Latest blog post...a photograph that needs a bit more explanation.

I enjoy examining old photographs and trying to tease out all the facts I can about the subject but sometimes the full meaning of what is going on eludes me. Today I came across an image that I ju...

You can now follow Amherst A. Alden's journal on the drew archives blog.
10/17/2012
Drew Archival Library

You can now follow Amherst A. Alden's journal on the drew archives blog.

of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

It's already 7th day of his journey...don't miss another moment!
10/05/2012
Follow Amherst A. Alden on Facebook

It's already 7th day of his journey...don't miss another moment!

For those of you, like me, who are simply amazed that a 15 year old young man could find his way to Illinois solo, I have a treat for you. Amherst now has a page. His journal entries wil...

Drew Archival Library's cover photo
10/04/2012

Drew Archival Library's cover photo

Front steps of King Caesar House when it was part of the Powder Point School for Boys.
10/04/2012

Front steps of King Caesar House when it was part of the Powder Point School for Boys.

Don't forget to check out Charlotte Bradford's FB Page to find out what this amazing Duxbury woman was doing daily durin...
07/30/2012

Don't forget to check out Charlotte Bradford's FB Page to find out what this amazing Duxbury woman was doing daily during the Civil War.

July 28, [1862] Monday

Gen’l McClelland visited the boat today and spoke a kind word to every soldier. The ladies were afterwards introduced to him and had the pleasure of shaking hands. He impressed me very favorably as an earnest man of a good deal of character.

06/06/2012
Charlotte Bradford

Charlotte Bradford

May 27, 1862 - Arrived Tuesday on board he Knickerbocker, spent night on Rockland Captain Ingraham and next morning went to West Point landing on a scouting party for the sick. Dr. Gormer, Mr. Sharpless , a cooper, Misses Gilson and Balustier accompanying occupied a house apparently more than 100 years old belonging to one the __ Lacy is the present owner, There is an old dilapidated tomb in the garden with the name of Will Bassett, Esq. 1763. There are plenty of contrabands here who are very willing to wait upon us. We have also a young white girl with us who has run away from her friends and is going North with the Capt. This house was owned for a time by Dudley Selden of N. York. Written 4 letter since I arrived.

"Like" Charlotte Bradford to receive daily diary updates 150 years after-the-fact.
06/06/2012
The Odyssey Begins: Charlotte Bradford and the USSC Transport Ships

"Like" Charlotte Bradford to receive daily diary updates 150 years after-the-fact.

by Carolyn Ravenscroft On May 22, 1862 Charlotte Bradford found herself in Boston completing the last of a long list of tasks in preparation for her departure for Virginia to become a matron aboard...

Drew Archival Library's cover photo
03/07/2012

Drew Archival Library's cover photo

Very old glass plate negative depicting two young ladies in antebellum dress. c. 1860.  From Sarah Wingate Taylor Collec...
12/09/2011

Very old glass plate negative depicting two young ladies in antebellum dress. c. 1860. From Sarah Wingate Taylor Collection.

Conservation of a Damaged Civil War Photograph
11/19/2011
Conservation of a Damaged Civil War Photograph

Conservation of a Damaged Civil War Photograph

by Carolyn Ravenscroft Occasionally I come across an item at the Drew Archival Library that needs the extra care only a professional conservator can provide. One such item was the Civil War ...

Its always good to pay your bills...In June of 1725, a warrant was issued for the arrest John Alden. John had failed to ...
11/16/2011

Its always good to pay your bills...In June of 1725, a warrant was issued for the arrest John Alden. John had failed to pay Isaac Barker of Pembroke 10 pounds owed to him. Because of this, John's goods were to be attached and he was to be detained (or safely kept) until court next convened in Plymouth.

The Homefront in Duxbury
09/08/2011
The Homefront in Duxbury

The Homefront in Duxbury

by Carolyn Ravenscroft Although the battles during the Civil War raged in the South, the thoughts of every Northerner were never far from the front. Any first-hand account of the war was e...

4th of July, 1850's Style
06/30/2011
Drew Archival Library

4th of July, 1850's Style

In preparation for a bang up 4th of July celebration in old Duxbury, a group of teenage boys were soliciting funds to purchase a keg of powder in Boston. The plan was to ship the keg to Duxbury and “make that cannon behind Swift’s Shop ring.” The price of the keg and shipping was $3.00 and any co

Each month a soldier from Duxbury will be highlighted in the DRHS's new Civil War blog.  Letters, diaries and other mate...
06/06/2011
Duxbury in the Civil War

Each month a soldier from Duxbury will be highlighted in the DRHS's new Civil War blog. Letters, diaries and other material in our collection will be used to tell these stories.

On May 23, 1861 a town meeting was held in Duxbury to discuss the formation of a company of one hundred men to answer the call of the President. After many rousing speeches the citizens voted to offer a bounty of $100 to each man who enlisted. Despite the patriot fervor and the inducement of cash,

04/19/2011

DUXBURY THROUGH FILM! Come join us as we capture images of Duxbury residents at THE VILLAGE IN DUXBURY, April 30 from 9am - 3pm. Bring three to five of your favorite photographs and have them scanned for preservation (the scanned images will be kept at the Drew Archives). All photographs will be returned.

Drew Archival Library
02/18/2011
Drew Archival Library

Drew Archival Library

My name is Dylan Kornberg, and I am one of the two new interns for the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, along with my classmate Chris Sullivan. For the last month or so, Chris and I have been working at the Wright Building with Ms. Ravenscroft organizing and categorizing finding aids for our re

02/18/2011

Check out our photos on Flickr.com!

Peterson's Store, Washington Street, c. 1910 from the William Facey Collection.  Fels Naptha anyone?
02/16/2011

Peterson's Store, Washington Street, c. 1910 from the William Facey Collection. Fels Naptha anyone?

Surplus Street, c. 1910 from the William Facey Collection
02/16/2011

Surplus Street, c. 1910 from the William Facey Collection

Tasty Tuesdays – Queen of Pudding
08/10/2010
Tasty Tuesdays – Queen of Pudding

Tasty Tuesdays – Queen of Pudding

Each Tuesday I will try to post a recipe from the Bradford family’s cookbook.  This small volume was carefully compiled by one of the Bradford sisters (Lucia, Elizabeth or Charlotte) in the mid 19t...

The Cost of Edward and William Ellison
07/12/2010
The Cost of Edward and William Ellison

The Cost of Edward and William Ellison

In 182o young William (1811-1855) and Edward Ellison (b. 1814) of Boston tragically lost both of their parents and two of their siblings to ”spotted fever” (possibly typhus).  Their older brother, ...

06/24/2010

- Special Reception to Celebrate the DRHS's New Exhibits - Friday, June 25th at the King Caesar House, 6-8pm. Details at www.duxburyhistory.org.

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Duxbury, MA
02332

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