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Family Manuscript Collections: Expanding Access to New England Heritage

Highlights from and finding aids for Historic New England's collection of family manuscripts and business records

Bowen family papers
Bowen family papers, 1775-1965


Codman family papers
Codman family papers, 1715-1968

In September 2013, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission awarded Historic New England a grant to improve public access to twenty-six collections of family papers associated with our historic properties. The project received additional funding from the Bedford Family Foundation and an anonymous foundation.

Finding aids to these papers are now accessible online through the Collections Access portal. These guides will help researchers identify archival materials that reveal details about nationally significant figures and events and about New England's social, cultural, economic, agricultural, and literary history.

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Family Manuscript Collections: Expanding Access to New England Heritage