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Catalog Number FAM 1977.36
Title The Whitny Collection
Collection Family Records
Object Name Records
Scope & Content This collection, donated by Joel M. Whitney, consists primarily of business papers related to the Whitney Machine Company, which operated in Winchester. The collection includes a number of account books regarding the day-to-day operations of the company. There are also personal papers, some of which feature the distribution of the Whitney estate following the death of the patriarch, Joel Whitney. Also included are portraits of family members and a small number of objects, such as a pair of copper plates.

Admin/Biographical History Joel Whitney (1807-1893) was the patriarch of the Whitney family and founder of the Whitney Machine Company. He was born in Townsend, Massachusetts, but moved in 1844 to Winchester, where he founded his machine company and married Esther Maria Treadwell. He perfected processes for making various machines and was also involved in the rubber business. Joel and Esther Whitney had seven children, five of whom survived infancy. The eldest son, Arthur Eastman Whitney (1847-1880) followed his father into the family business and was also an inventor; most of his machines involved leather making. He married Alice Fletcher (b. 1853) in 1878 and had two sons. Both Joel and Arthur Whitney were heavily involved in Winchester town affairs, particularly Arthur, who was vice-president of the Winchester Historical Society.
Copyrights Permission to publish material from this collection is subject to approval by the Town of Winchester.
Finding Aids A finding aid with detailed information about the collection's content is available. Please contact the Archives for more information.
Subjects Account books
Business & finance
Copper industry
Leather industry
Machinery industry
Rubber industry
Search Terms Adelphian Society
Wedge Pond
Whitney Machine Company
Winchester Historical Society
Winchester Unitarian Society
People Fletcher, Alice
Treadwell, Esther Maria
Whitney, Arthur Eastman
Whitney, Joel M.
Containers Legal Correspondence
Personal Correspondence
Estate Correspondence
Adelphian Club
Unitarian Society
Winchester Historical Society
Miscellaneous Clubs
Household Receipts
Genealogy and Biographies
Business Correspondence
Business Correspondence
Court Recod Copies
Deeds and Mortgages
Insurance Policies
Tax Information
Wedge Pond
Machinery Requests
Client Records
Business Correspondence
Whitney Advertisements
Other Company Advertisements
Miscellaneous Business Papers
Water Board
Newspaper Clippings
General Accounts
General Accounts
Cash Accounts
Cash Accounts
Cash Accounts
Client Accounts
Client Accounts
Client Accounts
Client Accounts
Client Accounts
Client Accounts
Machinery Accounts
Machinery Accounts
Machinery Accounts
Other Published Materials
Portrait Album
Photographs of Machinery
Photographs of Whitney Estate
Photographic Prints
Copper Plate of Joel Whitney
Copper Plate of Joel Whitney
Leather Wallet
Ambrotype Photography
Plain Glass Negative