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West Family of Nantucket Collection : Photographs and documents, 1860-1964


1 flat box


Adele H. Ames (descendant of the West Family) donated these records to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston in January of 2006.

Scope and Content

The collection contains historical photographs (including 19th century daguerreotypes) of African-American residents of Nantucket.  Additional items are West family photographs and newspaper clippings, collected historical items, and several personal and business related items.



1.                  Nantucket woman with white bow (on wood)

2.                  Baby picture of James Bradford Ames

3.                  (5) Daguerreotypes of African American residents of Nantucket (19th c.)

4.                  Nantucket Steam laundry Image – (circa 1909)

5.                  Carlton West in Coast Guard Suit, youngest brother of Gertrude Ames

6.                  Number 2, Nantucket Railroad

7.                  John West at wheel of boat with two young girls in dresses/hats

8.                  Almira (Flossie) West Williams

9.                  Mrs. Elizabeth C. West and John R. West

10.              b/w copies of images 3, 4, & 5


Documents & misc.:

1.                  Nantucket High School Diploma of Gertrude Ames (nee West), Jan., 1898.

2.                  Letter/w original envelope that references Lew Temple, March 28 1878

(addressed from James H. Jackson (Chile) to John R. West (New Bedford); complete with transcription.

3.                  Public Carriage License for John R. & John E. West, June 1904-05

4.                  Obit card for Mrs. Elizabeth West

5.                  Clipping “Carlton West Pictured in Photo Magazine”

6.                  Card of “West’s Taxi Airport Rates”

7.                  Card of “West’s Taxi Service”

8.                  Card of “West’s Livery Stable”

9.                  Card of “Nantucket Steam Laundry”

                      10.         Nantucket Newspaper: The Inquirer and Mirror, July 9th, 1964 containing article about “Indian Princess Dies Following Brief Illness” on the death of Mrs. Ruth (West) Coombs (Princess Red Feather).

                      11.         Image clipping of Nantucket’s first and last railroad trains, 1881-1917.