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Welcome to the Edwin B. Worthen Collection

Cary Memorial Library Lexington, Massachusetts

The Edwin B. Worthen Collection documents life in Lexington, Massachusetts from its earliest settlement through the mid-20th century. The materials were collected by Edwin B. Worthen (1879-1956), his son Edwin B. Worthen, Jr. (1913-1976) and his daughter-in-law, Anita P. Worthen (1913-2008), and donated to Cary Memorial Library in 1976. The Worthens were avid collectors of, and enthusiastic participants in, all things Lexington. They lived during a period when the town was transformed from a relatively small community of 3,831 in 1900, to a vibrant suburb of 17,335 in 1950, peaking at over 31,000 in 1970.


 

The Worthens had a particular interest in the settlement, growth and development of the town of Lexington, and this interest is reflected in the materials they collected. Subjects covered by the materials include American history, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, April 19th reenactments and other commemorative celebrations, Lexington's historic properties and monuments, its families, groups and individuals, religious, social and civic organizations, neighborhoods, schools and businesses, socio-economic conditions, politics and town government, and infrastructure and transportation - among others. 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 in the Worthen Collection materials.

The Edwin B. Worthen Collection has two components:

1.      The materials that can be researched on this site a Lexington-focused collection of "non-book" materials encompassing research notes, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, lantern slides, scrapbooks, maps, drawings, sketches, correspondence, newspaper clippings, vertical file materials and memorabilia. In 2011, these materials were organized and cataloged by a team of librarians and archivists. The result is this "Virtual Exhibit," which presents the materials in six sections (listed on the left side of this page) and makes them available for viewing and searching.

2.      A library of more than 500 books, which may be searched via the Minuteman Library Network's catalog.

Using this site: To browse or search an exhibit, click one of the images or links on the left. To search the entire collection, click the Search All Exhibits link or button.

QUESTIONS? Please contact the Reference Department at 781-862-6288 x. 250, or send an email to askcary@minlib.net.

The Worthen Collection cataloging project has been funded in part by a Library Sciences and Technology Assistance (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The project also is funded by a gift from the estate of Anita P. Worthen.

The Worthen Collection project team includes Linda L. Carroll, project director; Alethea Yates, project archivist; and Sandra Waxman, photo archivist. Cataloging assistance was provided by Simmons GSLIS students Sarah Wetherbee, Christina Tanguay, Alyson Bowers and Erin Smith. Staff from the Lexington Historical Society scanned the lantern slides.

Materials in the Worthen Collection Virtual Exhibit may be used for personal, educational and/or research purposes. Images may not be reproduced in any format for profit or presentation without the permission of Cary Memorial Library.


 

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