Guide to the Clinton Macy Papers, 1932-1957

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Clinton Macy Papers
Macy, Clinton
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 Clinton Macy Papers collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Katharine Macy of Beverly, MA., 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

  • PH107 Clinton Macy Photographic Collection, Nantucket Historical Association
  • Artifacts 2013.27.1-2013.27.27, Bartholomew Gosnold Collections Center, Nantucket Historical Association
  • MS 401 Thomas Macy Collection, 1841-1964

Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Macy, Clinton, 1917-1994.
  • 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 Papers collection includes high school ephemera, college yearbooks, and materials documenting Macy’s military and ecclesiastical careers. It also includes a military report and photographs allegedly taken from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. There is a published National Geographic article from 1944, whose relationship to the other materials is unclear; it includes details of year-round life in Nantucket, Mass.


Box 1 Folder 1 Personal papers, 1932-1957
Box 1 Folder 2 The Trinity Ivy, yearbook, 1937
Box 1 Folder 3 The Trinity Ivy, yearbook, 1938
Box 1 Folder 4 The Trinity Ivy, yearbook and election papers, 1948
Box 1 Folder 5 Dachau military report and photographs, circa 1945
Box 1 Folder 6 Clinton Macy service record, circa 1946
Box 1 Folder 7 Commencement materials, 1951
Box 1 Folder 8 National Geographic article, 1944

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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