Guide to the C. Robert Perrin Photographic Collection, 1946–1999 (bulk 1960s)

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.


Chiefly images of Nantucket in the 1960s. Also includes a few family photographs from the late 19th and early 20th century and images of paintings sold at Perrin’s Nantucket gallery.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
C. Robert Perrin Photographic Collection
1946–1999 (bulk 1960s)
Perrin, C. Robert
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 C. Robert Perrin Photographic Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:


Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Related Collections

  • MS 521 – C. Robert Perrin Ephemera Collection, Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • People
    • Perrin, Charles Robert, 1915-1999.
    • Perrin family.
  • Places
    • Nantucket Island (Mass.).
  • Topics
    • Art -- Massachusetts -- Nantucket.
    • Bicycles -- Photographs.

Biographical Information

Charles Robert Perrin was born on 13 July 1915 in Medfield, Mass. A graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, he first painted on Nantucket in 1946. Perrin’s studio on Old South Wharf became the first active gallery on the wharf in 1956, and by 1966, he had moved permanently to Washington Street. As reported in American Artist magazine in 1959, Perrin converted a VW bus into an en plein air studio on wheels. Originally an illustrator by trade, C. Robert Perrin illustrated children’s books such as Whopper and Nancy Tucket as well as some of the first posters used to market the island as a tourist destination. His work frequently included puddles, fog imagery, and ghosts. He remained active in the arts community on Nantucket for more than fifty years.
Perrin died in Nantucket, Mass., on 19 April 1999.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs taken by artist Charles Robert Perrin over the course of his career. Formats include prints, negatives, and slides and depict his family, friends, art, and life on Nantucket. The bulk of the collection is undated.


Box 1, folders 1-2 Artwork, undated
Box 1, folders 3-4 People, undated
Box 1, folders 5-6 Outdoors, undated
Box 1, folder 7 Negatives, transparencies & slides, undated
Box 1, folder 8 Oversized prints, undated
Box 2, envelopes 1-2 Artwork, undated
Box 2, envelopes 3-7 Bicycles, undated
Box 2, envelope 8 Damaged Prints, undated
Box 2, envelope 9 Dog, undated
Boxes 3-6, envelopes 10-61 Nantucket Scenes, undated
Box 6, envelopes 65-68 People, undated
Box 6, envelope 69 Outdoors, undated

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Miller, Amanda Amaral, Sara David, and Grace Valley in 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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