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Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little Papers, 1903-1993

Collection of manuscripts of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little of Cogswell's Grant in Essex, Massachusetts

Nina Little's office
A view of Nina Fletcher Little's office with shelves of decoys at Cogswell's Grant, Essex, Massachusetts.

This collection documents the professional activities and accomplishments of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, renowned collectors, preservationists, and experts in the fields of American folk art and decorative arts, active from the 1930s to 1980s.

These materials reflect the Littles' work as authors, researchers, lecturers, consultants, board members for museums and historical organizations, professional preservationists, and collectors of folk art and decorative arts objects.

Their home and folk art collection may be experienced in person at Cogswell's Grant in Essex, Massachusetts. Bertram K. Little was the corresponding secretary for Historic New England between 1947 and 1970.

This collection contains:

  • Correspondence
  • Research notes
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Ephemera
  • Legal documents
  • Publications

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American Decorative Wall Painting
A portrait of Nina Fletcher Little and Bertram K. Little working on their book, American Decorative Wall Painting, 1952.
Little letter
A 1959 letter from Nina Fletcher Little to Mary C. Black, curator of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, discussing a Civil War exhibition, a Brewster exhibition, a loan of Washington Crossing and There Shall Be No More War, and the Esther Stevens Brazer Guild.
Red Cross poster
A Red Cross poster from World War II that belonged to Bertram K. Little.
Little stamp album
A 1942 stamp album for the purchase of United States war savings bonds.
Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little Papers, 1903-1993