Invitation to Centennial, 1875
Invitation to Centennial, 1875

Railroad tickets
Railroad tickets

Letter to Yale Univ. Press
Letter to Yale Univ. Press


"Souvenir of 1775"

Hayes Fountain program, 1900
Hayes Fountain program, 1900

East Lexington Dramatic Club
East Lexington Dramatic Club

Exhibit 4: Documents

The most substantial, and arguably most important, materials in the Worthen Collection are hundreds of document folders containing thousands of individual items: research notes, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, letters, and items such as tickets, programs, postcards, flyers, invitations, brochures, and receipts. Dates for the materials range from the 1720s to the 1970s.

Organized into 42 numbered series, the Documents collection includes materials on American history, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, April 19th and other celebrations, Lexington's historic properties and monuments, neighborhoods and areas, families and individuals, religious, social and civic organizations, schools and businesses, socio-economic conditions, politics and town government, and infrastructure and transportation. The materials also include items about the colonial and revolutionary periods, as well as some primary source documents from the colonial and revolutionary periods.

Thorough researchers and prolific writers, the Worthens not only collected materials but also created them. They wrote and published monographs, articles and letters to the editor; gave talks to a variety of audiences; and participated in numerous civic and social organizations. These activities are well-documented; for example, the collection includes the research materials that were compiled for writing published and unpublished manuscripts, letters to the editor, newspaper columns and stories, and feature articles.

To see some interesting examples, click one of the links on the left side of the page.

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