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Lyman Family Papers, 1818-2000

Collection of manuscripts of the Lyman family of the Lyman Estate ("The Vale") in Waltham, Massachusetts

Lyman Estate exterior photograph
Exterior view of the Lyman Estate, facing porch, 1884.

The Lyman family papers reflect the personal, social, and professional life and work of the Lyman family of Boston and Waltham, particularly between 1818 and 1839.

This collection contains:

  • Correspondence
  • Financial records

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Letter from Susan Quincy to "Aunt Anna"
Handwritten excerpt from a letter from Susan Quincy to Aunt Anna, 1881. The letter discusses a ball held at the Vale attended by John Quincy Adams, possibly c. 1815.


Fritchaff Nelson, gardner
A portrait of Fritchaff Nelson, a Lyman gardener, holding grapes in front of the greenhouses. Black Hamburg grape cuttings, still growing today, were obtained from the royal greenhouses at Hampton Court, the former palace of King Henry VIII in England.
Lyman family portrait
Portrait of the Lyman family on front steps of the Lyman Estate, sometime before the 1882 renovation.
Lyman Family Papers, 1818-2000