The Everett Collection contains correspondence and research notes on the Everett and allied families of Leeds and Russell, 1632-1899. The material was compiled by Edward F. Everett (1840-1899) between 1859 and his death. Everett became a life member of the Society in 1859, and planned to publish his Everett research. He also worked extensively on the Capen genealogy, the Fuller family of Ipswich, and the descendants of William Pynchon. His papers were donated to the Society in 1917.
The collection remains essentially intact as Everett kept it. The majority of the material is correspondence and research notes on descendants of Richard Everett, (Everard, Everet, Everit), who migrated to Dedham, Massachusetts from England in 1636. Richard’s descendants are arranged under the town in which they settled. These notes are followed by material on allied families of Leeds and Russell. In addition, there are data on Everetts of Virginia descended from Charles, settler of Jamestown or Williamsburg in 1632. Other branches of the family are treated as well.
The material is divided into two sub-groups. Subgroup I includes the descendants of Richard in the town of Dedham, in Suffolk County, in Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and miscellaneous towns in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. It also includes the Avery family (a surname derived from Everett), allied families of Leeds and Russell, and adopted Everetts.
Sub-group II includes data on the descendants of Isaac Everett of Gouldsboro, and the Everetts of Virginia and England.
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The Newell Collection is primarily the work of Frederick Haynes Newell (1862-1932), of Washington, D.C. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he worked as a Colorado gold mine operator before joining the U.S. Geological Survey. He became chief of the U.S. Reclamation Service in 1907, and his work included the construction of several major dams in the West. For further biographical detail, see Newell's notice in the Dictionary of American Biography.
Mr. Newell's genealogical interests led him to attempt a definitive work on his family. Although he appears to have worked on it from 1910 to 1931, nothing was ever published. The entire collection passed to his son John M. Newell (1904-1971), of West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Following the latter’s death, his wife, Hulda C. Newell, donated the accumulated material to the Society in 1983.
The personal manuscripts include both family and professional papers. Among these are papers of Artemas Newell (1807-1871), a lawyer in Brookline,  Massachusetts; Augustus W. Newell (1832-1919), a merchant and speculator in Bradford, Pennsylvania; his son, Frederick H. Newell; and Frederick’s son, John M. Newell. The collection also contains a large number of diaries, household accounts, and historical documents relating to family members, both men and women. Among the older documents is a 17th century will and estate inventory, a list of Dorchester, Massachusetts marriages in 1777, and commissions signed by Thomas Mifflin and John Hancock.
The collection is divided into five sub-groups. Subgroup I contains genealogies, autobiographies, notes, correspondence, etc., pertaining to the Newell and allied families, 1535-1975.
Sub-group II contains correspondence, diaries, legal documents, etc., of the Newell and allied families, 1694-1972.
Sub-group III contains notes, lists and correspondence concerning the existence and disposition of family books and manuscripts, 1912-1983.
Sub-group IV contains data concerning Newell properties in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.
Sub-group V contains portraits of family members and views of places of family interest, 1881-1931.
John B. Carney is a long-time Volunteer in the Manuscripts Department of the Society, and a contributor to NEXUS since 1984. He is currently compiling a genealogy of the Fayerweather family, based on papers at the Society.