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Healey, Albert D. : Journals and notebooks, 1903-1908


2 document cases (9 folders total)


These journals and notebooks were donated to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston by Albert's daughter, Marjorie B. Healey in July, 2000.


Albert D. Healey was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 27, 1888. He moved to Dorchester on April 19, 1902 and lived at 12 York Street. The reason for the move according to Albert's journal was that his father's business was in Boston. Albert began recording his personal diary in January of 1903 and ended it by May of 1908, his last year at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. According to Albert, he intended to, "write a sort of diary in which I shall state the most important happenings of my life every day for a year," and, "it is very probably that I shall not finish it, because I seldom finish such things after starting them, and if I should finish probably nobody will ever see it."

Albert's daughter, Marjorie B., who donated the collection, stated that her father later worked for Talbot's Clothing and as an insurance agent. His obituary in the Boston Globe (Oct. 9, 1984), notes his death from heart failure at South Shore Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 6, 1984, age 96. He first lived in Wollaston and then Weymouth for 42 years and had worked as a timekeeper for Pneumatic Scales Co. of Wollaston, and previous to that, as a timekeeper for Bethleham Steel Shipyard at Fore River. It is noted that he attended Harvard but was, "forced by illness to leave before graduation."

Scope and Content

The collection contains six personal diaries, a sketch book, poetry and a short story draft by ADH, two volumes of Personal Observances Among Birds, a newspaper cutting of "Dr. Elliot's 5ft shelf of books" (date unknown), miscellaneous programs from 1904-1906, seven lecture notebooks from attended Harvard classes, and his obituary from the Boston Globe.

Page from Healey Diary


Sketch by Healey


Box 1:
f.1Personal Diaries, January 1903-June 1905 (6 items)
f.2 Miscellaneous programs, 1904-1906; sketch book, 1903; newspaper clipping
f.3 Book of poetry; short story; Personal Observances Among the Birds
f.4 Lecture notebooks, October 1906-January1907
f.5 Lecture notebooks, February 1907-May 1907
f.6 Lecture notebooks, February 1907-January 1908

Box 2:

f.7 Lecture notebooks, October 1907-February 1908
f.8 Lecture notebooks, February 1907-May 1908
f.9 Lecture notebooks, February 1908-May 1908;
Boston Globe Obituary, October 9, 1984