Newly available research collections include 100-year-old wedding

Jan 10, 2019

Two collections are newly available for research in the Historic New England Library and Archives thanks to a graduate student intern. This fall, Simmons School of Library and Information Science graduate student Diana Beltrao de Macedo processed two collections, which include materials from a 100-year-old wedding and manuscripts related to Historic New England’s Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

The Pauline Cashman Condon Wedding Collection (MS059) includes letters, cards, photos, books, and other small objects related to her wedding with Freeman Condon, which took place in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on June 11, 1919.

Pauline Condon was born in 1892 in Massachusetts and knew Freeman long before the wedding. This collection is a great example of what a New England wedding looked like at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Wedding invitation, 1919, Pauline Cashman Condon Wedding Collection (MS059).


“On Your Wedding Day” card, 1919, Pauline Cashman Condon Wedding Collection (MS059).

The Martha Codman Karolik Manuscript Collection (MS060) contains several objects related to the Codmans, a prestigious family of Massachusetts. Historic New England also holds the Codman Family Manuscript Collection, and operates the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Daughter of John Amory Codman and Martha Codman, Martha Codman Karolik was a philanthropist and a great collector of American art. She became famous for donating her collection to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a collection so big the MFA had to build a new wing to accommodate the works.

The collection comprises newspaper clippings; ephemera objects, such as railroad tickets, empty envelopes, an autograph book, and others; and books related to her collection of American art. The collection also includes the transcript of the court case that judged the validity of her father’s will.

Letter Containing Autograph of Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis, Karolik Collection (MS60).