Sears family of Waltham photographic collection


The Sears family photographic collection consists of thirteen folders of personal photographs of the Sears family of Waltham, Mass., and one photograph album that belonged to Francis P. Sears.


Descriptive Terms

group portraits

Physical Description

13 folders; 1 album

Finding Aid Info

An electronic finding aid is available through Historic New England's Collections Access Portal. A paper finding aid is available in the Library & Archives.

Custodial History

The materials in this collection were originally discovered in the attic of the Sears family home but were transferred to the Lyman Estate.

Collection Code


Collection Name

Sears family of Waltham photographic collection

Reference Code



A collection of photographs taken of and by the Sears family of Waltham.


Waltham (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

Record Details


Probably Sears family of Waltham

Material Type


Other People

Sears family of Waltham
Sears, Francis Peabody


This collection is available for research.


There are no physical restrictions on this collection.

Description Level


Location Note

HGO-01-001-F-X-3, HGO-01-001-H-A-24

Accruals Note

Accruals are not expected.

Language Note

This collection is entirely in English.

Preferred Citation

Item identification. Folder #. Sears family of Waltham collection (PC060). Historic New England, Library & Archives.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Library & Archives staff in the early 1980s. This finding aid was written by Abigail Cramer, 2013.

Rules and Conventions

This finding aid is DACS-compliant.

Related Items

"The Uplands" - Waltham, Mass.
Waltham, The Vale
Photographs of The Vale

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

The Sears family of Waltham was connected with the Paine family, also of Waltham, through marriage. The Paine family is in part descended from Thomas Lyman. Although much of the connection between the Sears family and the Lyman family is unknown, the materials in this collection were originally found in the attic of the Sears family home, but they were transferred to the Lyman Estate, through which they came into the possession of Historic New England (then the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities).

For more information about the Paine family, visit Stonehurst (, their family home.

Historic New England's Library & Archives holds a great deal of material related to the Lyman family. For more information, contact the Library & Archives.

Material in Other Collections

Material in Other Collections

Stonehurst, the Estate of Robet Treat Paine (



This collection is organized into 13 folders. There is also one photograph album.