Guide to the Arthur Hayden Photograph Collection, circa 1920-circa 1950

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Arthur Hayden was a photographer and journalist in Nantucket, Mass. This collection consists of his family and professional photographs.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Arthur Hayden Photograph Collection
circa 1920-circa 1950
Hayden, Arthur.
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 Arthur Hayden Photograph Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Charles Bartlett (RL2018.43 and RL2019.8)

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

  • MS570 Bartlett Family Papers. Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Personal Names
    • Hayden, Arthur C.
  • Corporate Names
    • Nantucket Journal and Gazette.
    • Nantucket High School.
  • Topical Terms
    • Automobiles – Nantucket (Mass.)

Biographical Information

Arthur Clarence Hayden was born in Brockton, Mass., 21 December 1881, to parents George Wallace Hayden and Fidelia Coan Cash. At two weeks old, his grandmother Azubah Bearse Handy (wife of Capt. William S. Cash) brought Arthur to live on Nantucket, Mass. Attending the Coffin School until he was 14, Arthur returned to Brockton in 1895, where he completed his education and established the Hayden Photographic Manufacturing Company, which produced dry-plate photographic materials and accessories for motion-picture cameras, filing over 100 inventions with the United States Patent Office. Arthur also maintained a second company office on 42nd Street in New York City, N.Y. In 1903, Arthur married Evelyn Shipman in Brockton, with whom he had two children: Everett Clifton (1905–) and Marjorie E. (1907–). At some point, he separated with Evelyn, and married Bertha Lena LaJoie, of Falmouth, Mass., in 1921. Arthur and Bertha had three children: Bertha Lena (1918–), Virginia Fidelia (1922–), and Audrey Cecilia (1922–), all of whom attended Nantucket High School. After spending many summers at their cottage in Madaket, Nantucket, he and Bertha Lena LaJoie bought a home at 19 South Water Street.  He opened a restaurant, the Chowder Bowl, on Oak Street, and a popcorn stand outside of the Dreamland Theater. In 1936, he established and began editing the newspaper Madaket Free Press, which eventually became the Nantucket Journal and Gazette. Arthur Hayden died in Nantucket on 3 December 1963.

Scope and Content

Collection contains one bound photo album, several photographs arranged into files based on subject depicted; and four oversized photographs, which have been separated. Earlier images document family vacations and activities, and later images were made while Hayden worked on the Nantucket Journal and Gazette.


Folder 1: Album, circa 1920

                            Scope and Contents: Consists of 14 pages with black and white photographs (4.5 x 7 cm) pasted without covering. Photos document family trips to Washington D.C., and New York City, N.Y.; and a road-trip around Nantucket.

Folder 2: “Cartwheels in Madaket”, undated

                              Scope and Contents: One color photograph of family cottage in Madaket. Note attached: “torn down 2019.”

Folder 3: Firetruck, undated

                              Scope and Contents: One black and white photo of a Nantucket Fire Department truck.

Folder 4: Old North Wharf, circa 1940

                              Scope and Contents: One black and white photo of Old North Wharf.

Folder 5: South Water Street, circa 1940

                              Scope and Contents: One photo of straight wharf, and three black and white photos of cars parked on South Water Street, with comments on Nantucket parking habits written on reverse.

Folder 6: Automobiles, circa 1947
Scope and Contents: Five black and white photos of parked cars.

Folder 7: Downtown and harbor scenes, circa 1950

                              Scope and Contents: Fifteen black and white photographs of people and scenes downtown. Photographs were formerly bound in small album; binding is included in folder. Some identify subjects on reverse. Named subjects include: Harold Dunham, David Dunham, John McLaughlin, Robert Perrin, Al Silva, Bud Klute, and Irvin Bartlett.

Folder 8: Photographs of Nantucket Journal and Gazette offices, circa 1940

                              Scope and Contents: Three black and white photos of the Nantucket Journal and Gazette offices.

Folder 9: Graduation groups, circa 1935

                              Scope and Contents: Two black and white graduation photos (silver gelatin). Students unidentified.

OPF-PH178/1: Oversized photographs, circa 1935
Scope and Contents: Four black and white photographs: Portrait of Thomas Lewis; Nantucket High School, April 1935 at Mount Vernon; Our Island Home; Girls playing in front of Nantucket cottage.


Items Separated

  • OPF-PH178/1

Processing Information

Processed by Alex McGrath, March 2020.

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