Guide to the Bachman Family Photographic Collection, 1949-1995

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.


Family photos and images taken at events, most significantly clambakes and other events at the Nantucket Anglers’ Club (1970s-1990s). Also includes images of the Nantucket Memorial Airport (1949), a variety show at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8608 (1948), Nantucket Cottage Hospital fetes (1959-1963), class photos for Cyrus Peirce Middle School (1959-1966), Madaket tower, and Fish Farm.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Bachman Family Photographic Collection
Bachman Family.
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 Bachman Family Photographic Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Mary G. Bachman of Nantucket, Mass., in January 2000 (Acc. 2000.4).

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.

Subject Headings

  • People
    • Bachman family.
    • Bachman, Mary Geraldine Turner, 1913-2005.
  • Places
    • Fish Farm (Nantucket, Mass).
    • Florida.
    • Nantucket Island (Mass.).
  • Corporate Names
    • Nantucket Anglers’ Club.
    • Nantucket Memorial Airport.

Biographical Information

Mary Geraldine Turner Bachman, known as Gerry, was born in Everett, Mass., on 6 December 1913. She attended Hyannis Teachers’ College (now Cape Cod Community College).

Lester E. Bachman was born in New York on 19 March 1912. Lester and Gerry were married in 1937, and had seven children: William, David, Marjorie, Michael, Jody, Gerry Anne, and Ellen.

The family moved several times across the country before settling in Nantucket, Mass., in 1947. Lester Bachman was one of the first radio communicators for the Civil Action Administration (CAA), and when the Nantucket Airport was turned over to the town after World War II, the local CAA opened shortly thereafter with Bachman as the first chief.

In 1953, the Bachmans moved to what was known as the Fish Farm – located on Old South Road near the airport.

In the mid-1960s, Gerry Bachman and Lester Bachman divorced. In 1965, Gerry began working at the A&P in downtown Nantucket, and later worked at the Center for Elder Affairs. In 1969, she sold the property on Old South Road, and moved to 38 West Chester Street, which she sold in 1983 before retiring to Florida.

Bachman returned to Nantucket in 1995, and she lived at the Landmark House from 1998 until her death. An active fisher, she served as director and president of the Nantucket Anglers’ Club and as co-editor of two Anglers’ Club cookbooks.

Mary G. Bachman died in Nantucket, Mass., on 9 March 2005.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of prints primarily taken by Gerry Bachman and depicts her time spent on Nantucket from the 1940s to the 1980s. Documented in this collection are her friends and family, as well as the Fish Farm, the Nantucket Airport, and the Nantucket Anglers’ Club, with which she was heavily involved. The collection also documents her time spent in Florida in the late 1980s to the 1990s.


Box 1, folder 1 Class pictures, 1959-1966
Box 1, folder 2 Doll house, 1960
Box 1, folder 3 Florida, 1989
Box 1, folder 4 Hospital fetes, 1959-1963
Box 1, folder 5 Billfish Tournament, 1980
Box 1, folder 6 Nantucket scenes, undated
Box 1, folder 7 People, 1940s
Box 2, envelope 1 First Anglers’ Club Fish-In, 1970
Box 2, envelope 2 Clambake Coatue, 1974
Box 2, envelope 3 Clambake, September 1988
Box 2, envelope 4 Clambake, 5 September 1994
Box 2, envelope 5 Clambake, 4 September 1995
Box 2, envelope 6 Fish Farm, undated
Box 2, envelope 7 Florida, 1989
Box 2, envelope 8 Florida gam, 18 February 1990
Box 2, envelope 9 Florida, February 1991
Box 2, envelope 10 Florida gam, 1992
Box 2, envelope 11 Florida gam, 22 February 1993
Box 2, envelope 12 Florida gam, 18 February 1995
Box 2, envelope 13Lema Machado Day, 1970
Box 2, envelope 14Nantucket Memorial Airport, 1949, 1967
Box 2, envelope 15Nantucket scenes, 1950s
Box 2, envelope 16People, 1940s
Box 2, envelope 17VFW Variety Show, 1948-1949

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Miller, Sara David, and Grace Valley, July 2019.

Finding aid created by Amelia Holmes, December 2017 with additional description by Sara David and Grace Valley, July 2019.

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