Guide to the Bartlett Family Papers, 1943-1945

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Irving Thomas Bartlett served in the United States Coast Guard from 1943 through 1945. This collection consists of correspondence sent to his wife, Bertha Lena Bartlett, during his service.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Bartlett Family Papers
Irving Thomas Bartlett
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 Bartlett Family Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Charles Bartlett (Acc. 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

  • PH178 Bartlett Family Photographs, Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Personal Names
    • Bartlett Family.
    • Bartlett, Irving.
    • Bartlett, Bertha Lena.
  • Corporate Names
    • United States Coast Guard.
  • Topical Terms
    • World War II.

Biographical Information

Irving Thomas Bartlett was born in Nantucket, Mass., on 12 January 1918. In 1937, he graduated from Wentworth Institute in Boston, Mass., with a degree in marine engineering. In 1938, he married Bertha Lena Hayden in Nantucket. Irving entered service in the United States Coast Guard in 1943, and in 1944 he was assigned to the U.S.S. Submarine Chaser 527, serving as the Machinists Mate 1st Class (MM 1/c). He returned to Nantucket in 1945, continuing his work in marine engineering and volunteering with the fire department. In 1955, he was appointed the Fire Chief. Irving died in Nantucket on 10 June 1972.

Bertha Lena Hayden was born in Randolph, Mass., in 1918. In the 1930s, her family moved to Nantucket, where her father established the weekly newspaper The Nantucket Journal. She was active in the First Congregational Church, the Parent-Teachers Association, the Girl Scouts, the Rotary Club, and she operated a hotel at 25 Gardner Street. Bertha died on 16 June 1988.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence from Irving Bartlett to his wife Bertha Lena Bartlett.


Folders 1–3: Correspondence, 1943–1945

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