An increasing number of family histories are also being prepared. Often illustrated, they vary from a few pages to more than one hundred. Marie J. Agnierays work on her Jessup, Jadwin and Burdick ancestors required 143 pages. Mailed from Wessant, a French fishing port, Mrs. Agnierays family history is thoroughly Yankee. Other donors recorded “Czechs in America” (Jan A. Koso), and “Scotch-Irish in Maine” (LeRoy A. Campbell).
Heading the list of collections is Mrs. Helen Q. Bain’s sixth gift of presidential and royal family clippings. Mr. A. Wessel Shapleigh, Jr., also added papers to a collection begun by his father in 1946. Other new holdings include the genealogical papers of Albert C. Aldrich. Daniel Dunbar, and Lawrence P. Hall.
Particular thanks are due Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Raymond for their assistance in saving records of the First Church in Somerville, 1844-1872. Acting on behalf of the First Church in Somerville (Unitarian), the Raymonds personally brought these records to the Society. Included are minutes, admissions, memberships, births, etc., all of great value to genealogists and local historians.