Guide to the Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Ellen Barnard Family Papers, 1880-1916

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Ellen Barnard Family Papers
Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Coffin, 1876-1956. Barnard, Ellen Francis, 1852-1932.
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 Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Ellen Barnard Family Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Wayne Pratt Antiques, Nantucket, Mass. (Acc. RL2007.97). Diploma and Folder 11 gift of George Korn of Forager House Collection (Acc. 1997.29).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Barnard, Ellen Francis, 1852-1932.
    • Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Coffin, 1876-1956.
  • Topical Term
    • Women—Education—Massachusetts—History—19th century.
    • Women—Education—Massachusetts—History—20th century.
    • Women—Massachusetts—Social life and customs.

Biographical Information

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Coffin Fitzgerald (1876-1956) was born in Nantucket, Mass., to Edward S. (1841-1896) and Emily B. (Coffin) Fitzgerald (1840- ). Her father, Edward S. Fitzgerald operated a grocery and liquor store at 25 Fair Street. Lizzie was a graduate of the Coffin School, later attending Bryant and Straton Business College in Boston, Mass. In 1899, she began working at Stone and Webster Engineering Firm, ultimately remaining for forty years. Upon retiring, Fitzgerald left Winthrop, Mass., and returned to Nantucket. She was a member of the Unitarian Church, the Unitarian Alliance, the Nantucket Council of Churches, the Nantucket Historical Association, and the Coffin School Association. She was also an officer of the Nantucket Relief Association and honorary member of the Nantucket Boys’ Club. Elizabeth Coffin Fitzgerald lived at 19 Fair Street (Nantucket, Mass.).

Ellen “Nellie” Francis Barnard (1852-1932) was born to Frederic Barnard and Deborah Gibbs. She was an aunt of Lizzie Fitzgerald via her brother-in-law, John P. Coffin (1851- ). From 1911 to 1916, Ellen Barnard lived with her sister-in-law, Clara J. (McCann) Barnard (1847- ), at 4 Plumb Lane (Nantucket, Mass.).

Scope and Content

The Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Ellen Barnard Family Papers include letters, photographs, and pamphlets belonging to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Coffin Fitzgerald and Ellen “Nellie” Francis Barnard. There are also notebooks and ephemera. Items relate to both Nantucket, Mass., and Boston, Mass. A 2019 addition to this collection includes business materials and receipts from Edward S. Fitzgerald.


Box 1 Folder 1 Letters to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fitzgerald, 28 December 1885-22 March 1896, undated
Box 1 Folder 2 Letters to Ellen “Nellie” Barnard, 7 November 1911-30 July 1915, undated
Box 1 Folder 3 Notebooks: Business matters, 1892, 1894
Box 1 Folder 4 Notebooks: Grammar lessons, undated
Box 1 Folder 5 Calendars, 1911, 1916, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 College Songs: A collection of New and Popular Songs of the American Colleges, 1890
OP-556/1 Diploma of Elizabeth Coffin Fitzgerald from the Coffin School, 24 June 1892
Box 1 Folder 7 Ephemera: Christmas materials, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Ephemera: Dance cards and event programs, 1894-19 November 1903, undated
Box 1 Folder 9 Pamphlets, 1892-1914
Box 1 Folder 10 Photographs of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fitzgerald, undated
Box 1 Folder 11 Photograph of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fitzgerald, circa 1910
Box 2 Folder 12–14 Photographs, undated
SP-556/1 Photograph, undated
Box 2 Folder 15 Receipts, February 1895, 1897
Box 2 Folder 16 Recipes, undated
Box 1 Folder 17 Addition of 2019: Edward S. Fitzgerald business materials, 1880–1892

Items Separated

  • Oversize Paper Item (OP-556/1)
  • Photograph (SP-556/1)

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Lerner, November 2018.

Finding aid by Sarah Lerner and Amelia Holmes, November 2018.

Additional processing by Alex McGrath, February 2020.

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