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H. L. Wilkinson House

PC009.243 (RS210286)


A house portrait album owned by the Wilkinson family of Franklin, Mass. This bound album contains thirteen black and white photographs (7.5 x 9.5) illustrating a house and its rooms at the turn of the nineteenth century. Each photo is a detailed study of the furnishings and decor. Rooms include living rooms, dining room, and bedrooms. Of particular note is the wonderful detail found in the wallpaper (pages 2-5, 7, 8, and 10-13) rugs, and furniture. Each page is stamped R. J. Calkin, photographer, Franklin, Massachusetts. The album cover is inscribed H. L. Wilkinson, 1900.

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Collection Name
Photograph albums collection
Collection Code
Acquisition Type
Library & Archives Purchase
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
1 photograph album; 13 3/4 x 18 inches.
Collection Type
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
album number: 243
Credit Line
Library & Archives purchase, 2008.
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

The location of house documented in this album is unidentified, but it is probably Providence, Rhode Island, or Franklin, Mass. It is presumably the house of H. L. Wilkinson, based on the inscription on the album.

According to the book "New England families, genealogical and memorial" by William Richard Cutter, the Wilkinson family was a highly esteemed and respected family of Providence, Rhode Island. Henry Lawrence Wilkinson was born on August 10, 1865, atteneded school in Providence, and graduated from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., in 1888. He worked as an assistant bank examiner for Connecticut and Rhode Island, and he later worked as an investment broker for Richter & Company of Hartford, Conn. He married Bertha Sanford of Bridgeport, Conn., on June 4, 1896.

Henry's sister, Anna Reed Wilkinson was born on January 10, 1870. She attended Wellesley College and married Edward Harris Rathbun, son of a prominent Woonsocket, Rhode Island, family. They had four children. Anna and her family lived in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and at Birch Knoll in Franklin, Mass. Her second child, Henry Lawrence, was born at Birch Knoll on July 18, 1900.

Genealogical information was found in "New England Families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation." by William Richard Cutter. Published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914. Original from Harvard University, Digitized Feb 1, 2008.

Cutter, W. (1913). New England families, genealogical and memorial; a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation;. New York: Lewis Historical Pub.

Record details

Calkin, R. J. (Photographer)
Other People
Wilkinson , Henry Lawrence
Descriptive Terms
Franklin, Massaschusetts
Providence, RI
Rhode Island
Wilkinson, Henry Lawrence
exterior views
interior views
Material Type
photograph albums
Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island) (Possibly)
Franklin (Norfolk county, Massachusetts) (Possibly)
Location Note
Album box: 243,244, 245, 251
Related Items
Birch Knoll, Franklin, Massachusetts

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