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Research Inventory Grant
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Tassone Photo Exhibition: Great Barrington's Agricultural FairsGreat Barrington Historical Societymore

Inventory of the images relating to the annual Barrington Fair (c. 1841-1980) that are part of the Domenic and Marie Tassone photographic collection.

Great Barrington Historical Society
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Gary Leveille
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in HolyokeWistariahurst Museum Association, Incmore

Inventory of the papers of Carlos Vega, one of Holyoke's most vocal and prolific Latino activists.

Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Inventory of Nylander PapersIron Work Farm In Actonmore

Inventory of the Robert H. Nylander Collection of research notes and maps related to the original Iron Work Farm land grant and the extant Jones-Faulkner Homestead and Jones Tavern for a permanent exhibition on the extent and evolution of the Jones and Faulkner land holdings throughout the town of Acton and nearby communities.

Iron Work Farm In Acton
Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Anne M. Forbes
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Medford Circa 1855Medford Historical Societymore

Cataloguing of materials relating to Medford during the transitional ante-bellum period, c. 1855.

Medford Historical Society
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Barbara Kerr
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Polish Immigration in HatfieldHatfield Historical Societymore

Inventory of documents relating to Polish immigration to Hatfield in the first half of the 20th century.

Hatfield Historical Society
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: George H. Ashley
awarded on: 2011-06-01
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Antislavery Movement in Antebellum Cummington, MassachusettsCummington Historical Commissionmore

Research in preparation for a 2012 exhibit on the antislavery movement in Cummington.

Cummington Historical Commission
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Carla Ness
awarded on: 2011-06-01
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Cocoanut Grove Fire Materials Research ProjectThe Boston Fire Historical Societymore

Inventory of the collections of Charles Kenney and Jack Deady regarding the Cocoanut Grove Fire.

The Boston Fire Historical Society
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Ted Gerber
awarded on: 2011-06-01
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
East Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Coppola Collection InventoryDouglas Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Coppola Collection of archival materials (1868-1908), a collection newly acquired from the Coppola family that will augment an exhibition at the E.N. Jenckes General Store, the Historical Society's museum.

Douglas Historical Society
East Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Pattie McNulty
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Boston's GLBT HistoryThe History Projectmore

Documentation and exhibition of Boston's GLBT History, to inventory the records of three transgender-related organizations as part of its Transgender Initiative.

The History Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Andrea Gray
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Scituate, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Textile CollectionScituate Historical Societymore

Organization and inventory its textile collection, assess it for programming use, and identify clothing and accessories that represent styles commonly worn in the 1930s and 1940s. The work will result in an exhibit on the 1930s work of LIFE photographer Hansel Mieth.

Scituate Historical Society
Scituate, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Carol Miles
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Beyond the GraveVine Lake Preservation Trustmore

Cataloging of gravestone inscriptions, conditions, and artwork in the four acre "Old Section" of Vine Lake Cemetery, dating back to 1651.

Vine Lake Preservation Trust
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Robert T. Gregg
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Holbrook, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Holbrook Photograph CollectionHolbrook Historical Societymore

Inventory of 2,500 photographs of Holbrook from the 19th through the late 20th centuries.

Holbrook Historical Society
Holbrook, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Edna Bowers
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,470
Research Inventory Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Metz Automobiles MaterialsWaltham Museummore

Inventory and createion of a finding aid for the Charles H. Metz and Waltham Manufacturing Company collection.

Waltham Museum
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Marie Wasnock
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Parsons Paper CollectionHolyoke Public Librarymore

Support to inventory the records of the Parsons Paper Company, the first paper mill in Holyoke.

Holyoke Public Library
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Maria Pagan
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Amherst Historical Society RIGAmherst Historical Society and Museummore

Support to inventory collections related to the history of soldiers, their families, and Amherst's participation in times of conflict.

Amherst Historical Society and Museum
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Patricia J. Lutz
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $1,270
Research Inventory Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Benjamin Franklin Butler CartoonsLowell Historical Societymore

Support to inventory 19th century cartoons and prints about Lowell resident and owner of the Middlesex Company, Benjamin Franklin Butler.

Lowell Historical Society
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Martha Mayo
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Methuen, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Civil War Artifacts RIGMethuen Historical Commissionmore

Inventory and catalogue the Civil War-related materials in the city's historical collection.

Methuen Historical Commission
Methuen, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Alene Reich
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Schwamb Mill Business Records RIGSchwamb Mill Preservation Trustmore

Preparation for creating a database of all known workers at the Schwamb framing mill.

Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Margaret L. Clarke
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Elizabeth Islands Shipwrecks RIGCuttyhunk Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Cutthyhunk Historical Society's collection of materials from local shipwrecks off the Elizabeth Islands.

Cuttyhunk Historical Society
Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Ann N. Conway
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

California Dreamin' RIGPioneer Valley History Networkmore

Inventory of artifacts and documents in public collections across the three counties of the Pioneer Valley related to Valley residents who journeyed to California as part of the California Gold Rush.

Pioneer Valley History Network
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Margaret Humberston
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Five Generations of the Ellis FamilyWestwood Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Ellis Family collection, a recent donation of 200 items from the Ellis Family of Westwood, to be used as the basis for a major exhibition at the Westwood Historical Society in the fall of 2009.

Westwood Historical Society
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: John L. Pritchard
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Royall Family Correspondence - RIGRoyall House Associationmore

Inventory of the sources of contemporary information about the Royall family's correspondence at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Royall House Association
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Rosemarie Woods
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Westport Historical Society Costume and TextileWestport Historical Societymore

Inventory of 10-12 boxes of the costume and textile collection of the Westport Historical Society with reference to themes in Westport local history as well as national issues such as the civil war.

Westport Historical Society
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jenny O'Neill
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

RIG: Pioneer Valley FarmingHadley Farm Museummore

Support for partial inventory of core collection. Frank White will pick, inventory and mark 60 core artifacts directly associated with up to three themes in the development of farming in the Pioneer Valley from subsistence to industrial farming. The report and catalog will be used to develop a mission statement and create one and five-year programming plans.

Hadley Farm Museum
Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Tom West
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $1,970
Research Inventory Grant
Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Stone House Museum Textile Collection InventoryStone House Museummore

Inventory of a portion of the Stone House Museum's textile collection from the mid 19th century.

Stone House Museum
Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Laura L. Quinn
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Sargent House Musuem RIGSargent House Museummore

Inventory of materials that bear on the occupancy of Judith Sargent Murray, the house as it looked during that period, as well as deeds at the Essex County Courthouse that bear on the house.

Sargent House Museum
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Joan Ciolino
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $995
Research Inventory Grant
New Salem, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Prescott Museum Exhibit Panel InventorySwift River Valley Historical Societymore

Documentation and re-housing and inventory of materials from 32 exhibit panels from the Prescott Museum.

Swift River Valley Historical Society
New Salem, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Ani Gonzalez-Rivera
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Rockland, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Rockland Historical Commission RIGRockland Historical Commissionmore

Inventory of Civil War and late nineteenth century era documents, photos and postcards.

Rockland Historical Commission
Rockland, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: James Paul
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Worthington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Worthington Historical Society RIGWorthington Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Burr family collection to help elucidate the experience of farming in rural Western Massachusetts.

Worthington Historical Society
Worthington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Patricia Kennedy
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $910
Research Inventory Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Brockton Historical Society RIGBrockton Historical Societymore

Archival of the personal and military papers of Captain Lucius Richmond a Brocktonian and an Officer in the Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry during the Civil War.

Brockton Historical Society
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Derek Canavan
awarded on: 2007-02-01
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Middleborough Historical Society Research Inventory GrantMiddleborough Historical Associationmore

Support to inventory the Lavinia Warren Bump (Mrs. Tom Thumb) collection in preparation for renewing their exhibition of material on the couple.

Middleborough Historical Association
Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Dorothy Thayer
awarded on: 2007-01-20
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Research Inventory GrantNatick Historical Societymore

An inventory project for the Natick Historical Society to catalogue their collection of photographs.

Natick Historical Society
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Jennifer Hance
awarded on: 2007-01-20
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Littleton Historical Society RIGLittleton Historical Society and Museummore

The creation of an inventory of the journals and writings of three generations of the Harwood family. The final product will be a guide to the Harwood family papers.

Littleton Historical Society and Museum
Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Ann H. Himmelberger
awarded on: 2006-06-01
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Plainfield Historical Society RIGPlainfield Historical Societymore

The entering of historical deeds from the Dyer collection into a database to be made available at the Shaw Memorial Library in Plainfield.

Plainfield Historical Society
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Judy Williams
awarded on: 2006-05-23
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Research Inventory Grant - Plainfield Historical SocietyPlainfield Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Dyer Collection, letters and materials relating to the relative and changing importance of a mixed economy and mixed land use in Plainfield over the past 200 years.

Plainfield Historical Society
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Judy Williams
awarded on: 2006-01-26
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Southborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Research Inventory Grant - Southborough Historical SocietySouthborough Historical Societymore

An inventory of Southborough Historical Society's 18th and 19th century collection of manuscripts and artifacts to support a lecture or exhibit relating to the history of Southborough's triphammer, used for pounding and shaping iron.

Southborough Historical Society
Southborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Russell Horne
awarded on: 2006-01-26
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Research Inventory Grant - Westwood Historcial SocietyWestwood Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Pickardt family collection, a family of German descent, who came from New York City to settle in Westwood, a rural farming community in the late 1800's, opened a business and influenced the Westwood and Islington communities from the 1880's to the 1950's.

Westwood Historical Society
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Libby Johnson
awarded on: 2006-01-26
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

RIG: Lowell Historical SocietyLowell Historical Societymore

A scholary inquiry into the papers of Lowell-based magician, Louis Ackerman, as a means to explore the history of popular culture of the city and the country.

Lowell Historical Society
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Denise Cailler
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

RIG: Brockton Historical SocietyBrockton Historical Societymore

Organization of the Brockton Historical Society's collection of materials documenting the life and career of Rocky Marciano, famous boxer and Brockton resident.

Brockton Historical Society
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Robert Wychulis
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Raynham Center, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

RIG: Raynham Historical SocietyRaynham Historical Societymore

Inventory of artifacts of the Leonard family, one of the oldest in Raynham.

Raynham Historical Society
Raynham Center, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Eleanor B. Calvin
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
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