Guide to Clinton Macy Photographic Collection, circa 1870-1985 (bulk 1939-1956)

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Clinton Macy Photographic Collection
circa 1870-1985 (bulk 1939-1956)
Macy, Clinton, 1917-1994.
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the PH107 Clinton Macy Photographic Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Katherine Macy of Beverly, Mass., in November 2013 (Acc. RL2013.93).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Nantucket Historical Association assumes no responsibility.

Related Collections

  • MS536 Clinton Macy Papers, Nantucket Historical Association
  • Artifacts 2013.27.1-2013.27.27, Bartholomew Gosnold Collections Center, Nantucket Historical Association
  • MS401 Thomas Macy Collection, Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Macy, Clinton, 1917-1994.
    • Macy family.
  • Corporate Name
    • Episcopal Church--United States.
  • Topical Term
    • United States. Army--History--World War, 1939-1945.

Biographical Information

Clinton T. Macy (1917-1994) was born in Nantucket to Hiram Macy (1887-1964) and Maud Thomas (1891-1972). He was a direct descendent of Thomas Macy (1598-1682), an early European settler of Nantucket. Macy graduated from Nantucket High School in 1935. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., from 1935-1937. After two years at Trinity College, he returned to Nantucket to work.

In 1942, he enlisted and served in the 353rd Infantry Division of the United States Army. Between 1942 and 1945, Macy was stationed in Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and England. He was allegedly at Dachau at some time in 1945, although exact dates have not been verified.

In 1946, Macy returned to Nantucket to resume his work at the Nantucket Gas and Electric Company. Later that year, he returned to Trinity College to complete his degree. He was ordained as an Episcopal minister at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass. In 1951, Macy was ordained at St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket, and, from 1951 until 1985, served as rector of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salem, Mass. He was married to Dorothy Tyler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Edwin Tyler, and they had two children Patricia and Thomas.

Clinton T. Macy died in Salem, Mass., on 2 August 1994.

Scope and Content

The Clinton Macy Photographic Collection consists of 60 black-and-white photographs and 14 negatives documenting Macy’s life as well as 20 images removed from a Macy family photograph album. Also includes seven descriptive labels written by Macy and one hand-written poem from the album.

Images chiefly feature Clinton Macy or were taken by him focusing on his service in the US Army, at home and abroad.. The nineteenth-century photographs have been removed from the album for preservation purposes. Photocopies of the album covers and a list of names from the back cover are included in this collection. The photographer of the 19th century photos is unknown.

The majority of this collection is undated. Dates are estimated based on the birth date of Sarah Smith Coffin Macy, featured in the photo album, and the death date of Clinton Macy. The photographs are arranged chronologically.


  • PH107-1–PH107-7 Clinton Macy early life, 1917-circa 1935
  • PH107-8a–PH107-8h St. Paul’s Church history exhibit, September 1939
  • PH107-9–PH107-16 Easter at St. Paul’s Church, 1941
  • PH107-17–PH107-41 Clinton Macy’s military service, 1943-1945
  • Numbers 42-45 not in use
  • PH107-46–PH107-57 Events at St. Paul’s Church, 1947-1956
  • PH107-58–PH107-60 Personal photographs of Clinton Macy, 1954-1985
  • PH107-61–PH107-81 Macy family photo album, circa 1870
    These photographs have been removed from the album for preservation purposes.

Processing Information

Processed by Sylvia Hickman, May 2014; reprocessed by Isabella Browne Lörcher, October 2018.

Finding aid by Isabella Browne Lörcher and Amelia Holmes, October 2018.

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