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A New Online Presence for Historic New England’s Massachusetts Furniture

Guest blog post by Nancy Carlisle, Senior Curator of Collections, Historic New England

One of my first jobs when  I began working at Historic New England in 1987 was to oversee a cataloging project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that focused on the extensive collection of furniture housed in the Haverhill collections facility. This was to be Historic New England’s first cataloging project in which we entered a broad range of information into a database system.… Read More

Federal Furniture: A Lady's Secretary and Bookcase Attributed to Thomas Seymour

Essay by Robert D. Mussey, Jr., Milton, Massachusetts

The lady’s secretary and bookcase was a cultural badge signifying a Boston lady of refinement and education during the Federal period. Mary Cleveland (Smith) Bryant (1784-1860) was such a lady. She had been well-educated as daughter of Rev. John Smith, a professor of Ancient and Middle Eastern Languages at Dartmouth College, and was widely read. It was probably purchased around the time of, or a few years after, her marriage in late 1807 to John Bryant III (1780-1865).… Read More