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2) Bartlett's Notebooks

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This collection contains 43 items

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Joseph D. Bartlett's interest in history stems from his youthful acquaintances with Revolutionary War soldiers. He copied numerous documents that no longer exist and he synthesized and published some of this information in articles for the Westfield Newsletter. Bartlett's notebooks are titled: Mills, Land grants and Streets , Town Records, Datio…

3) Military Life

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This collection contains 28 items

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This section displays some of the military documents that the Athenaeum holds with a special emphasis on General William Shepard who fought in the Revolutionary War under Glover (see the Orderly Book) and stopped Shay's Rebellion. Letters from Russell Dewey who was at the Siege of Quebec, Eldad Taylor who writes during the siege of Boston and Lyman…

9) Home life

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This collection contains 42 items

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Home life collection gives a glimpse of the day-to-day life of women and men through their diaries and daybooks, and a look at schools and taverns and a few pages from the first library company in town which lists books and patrons.
The diaries of First Church ministers, found in the Minister's Diaries Collection, are also a good source of…

6) Native Americans

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This collection contains 8 items

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Here are a few of the documents concerning the Woronoco Indians who lived here before the white man settled. Unfortunately, they left the area after being decimated in King Philip's War. A copy of the Treaty at Big Tree is included because of General Shepard's involvement.

Other Athenaeum Resources: History of the Indians of Connecticut from the…

8) Ministers' Diaries & Sermons

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This collection contains 78 items

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This collection shows Westfield through the eyes of its ministers. While there are sermons, the minister's diaries also portray our agricultural base, weather conditions, politics and births and deaths. Atwater's diary is presented completely, but Rev. Ballantine and Rev. Davis' diaries are only in part.

Other Sources: Westfieldiana: excerpts…

10) General William Shepard

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This collection contains 35 items

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Major-General William Shepard was born in Westfield in 1737 and attended the common schools, and later was a farmer. He served in the French and Indian wars for six years. He was a member of the Committee of Correspondence for Westfield in 1774, and was a lieutenant colonel of Minutemen in April 1775. He entered the Continental Army in May 1775 as…

11) Maps

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This collection contains 12 items

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Here are early maps, both hand-drawn and published that show the settlers and settling of Westfield.

Other Athenaeum Resources:
History of Ancient Westfield by Louis Marinus Dewey 1892-93 (F844z W52dew)
Westfield Massachusetts 1669-1969 The First 300 Years Ed. Edward Janes & Roscoe Scott (F844z W52j)
Westfield and its Historic Influences…