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Codman Family Manuscripts Collection, 1715-1968

Collection of manuscripts from the Codman family of the Codman Estate ("The Grange") in Lincoln, Massachusetts

Codman group portrait
Group portrait of Codman family members c. 1886.

The extensive Codman family manuscripts collection is a major resource for the study of New England family history, domestic relationships, changing patterns of taste and consumption, mercantile and shipping activities, and the evolution of the Codman country estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The collection also contains extensive correspondence from Edith Wharton to architect Ogden Codman, Jr., friends and coauthors of the book The Decoration of Houses.

This collection contains:

  • Account books
  • Architectural drawings
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Financial records
  • Inventories
  • Legal documents
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Printed material

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Observations about the Charlestown Bridge
Observations about the Charlestown Bridge written by John Codman III, 1786.
Letter from Ogden Jr. to Sarah Codman
First and last pages of a letter from Ogden Codman Jr. to his mother, Sarah Bradlee Codman, January 25, 1897.
Letter from Wharton to Codman
First page and envelope from a letter from Edith Wharton to Ogden Codman, Jr., October 2, 1900.
Lottery ticket
Massachusetts semi-annual state lottery ticket, no. 2320, signed by George R. Minot, c. 1790s.
Codman Family Manuscripts Collection, 1715-1968