H. L. Wilkinson House

Collection Type

  • Photography



Location Note

Album box: 243,244, 245, 251



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A house portrait album owned by the Wilkinson family of Franklin, Mass. This bound album contains thirteen black and white photographs (7.5 x 9.5) illustrating a house and its rooms at the turn of the nineteenth century. Each photo is a detailed study of the furnishings and decor. Rooms include living rooms, dining room, and bedrooms. Of particular note is the wonderful detail found in the wallpaper (pages 2-5, 7, 8, and 10-13) rugs, and furniture. Each page is stamped R. J. Calkin, photographer, Franklin, Massachusetts. The album cover is inscribed H. L. Wilkinson, 1900.


Descriptive Terms

interior views
exterior views
photograph albums

Additional Identification Number

album number 243

Physical Description

1 photograph album; 13 3/4 x 18 inches.

Collection Code


Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type

Library & Archives Purchase

Credit Line

Library & Archives purchase, 2008.


Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island)
Franklin (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details


Calkin, R. J. (Photographer)

Material Type

photograph albums

Other People

Wilkinson , Henry Lawrence

Descriptive Terms

Wilkinson, Henry Lawrence
Rhode Island
Providence, RI
Franklin, Massaschusetts

Description Level


Location Note

Album box: 243,244, 245, 251

Related Items

Birch Knoll, Franklin, Massachusetts

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

The location of house documented in this album is unidentified, but it is probably Providence, Rhode Island, or Franklin, Mass. It is presumably the house of H. L. Wilkinson, based on the inscription on the album.

According to the book "New England families, genealogical and memorial" by William Richard Cutter, the Wilkinson family was a highly esteemed and respected family of Providence, Rhode Island. Henry Lawrence Wilkinson was born on August 10, 1865, atteneded school in Providence, and graduated from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., in 1888. He worked as an assistant bank examiner for Connecticut and Rhode Island, and he later worked as an investment broker for Richter & Company of Hartford, Conn. He married Bertha Sanford of Bridgeport, Conn., on June 4, 1896.

Henry's sister, Anna Reed Wilkinson was born on January 10, 1870. She attended Wellesley College and married Edward Harris Rathbun, son of a prominent Woonsocket, Rhode Island, family. They had four children. Anna and her family lived in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and at Birch Knoll in Franklin, Mass. Her second child, Henry Lawrence, was born at Birch Knoll on July 18, 1900.

Genealogical information was found in "New England Families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation." by William Richard Cutter. Published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914. Original from Harvard University, Digitized Feb 1, 2008. http://books.google.com/books?id=NdAUAAAAYAAJ


Cutter, W. (1913). New England families, genealogical and memorial; a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation;. New York: Lewis Historical Pub.