Guide to the Fragment Society Papers, 1819–1836, 1902

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Summary

The Fragment Society was formed in 1817 by a group of young Nantucket, Mass., women for the purpose of opening a school for girls unable to pay for their education. When the public schools were established, the efforts of the Society turned to sewing and distributing clothing and quilts to sick and impoverished individuals and to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. The Society also paid the tuition for two students at the Deaf and Dumb School in Hartford, Conn., and one student at the Blind Asylum in Boston, Mass. In November 1836, the Society merged with the Benevolent and Charitable Societies and became known as the Ladies Howard Society. They distributed clothing and money to the poor of Nantucket. The collection includes one volume containing minutes and treasurer’s reports that document the society’s sewing and distribution efforts and information relating to economic difficulties experienced by Nantucket residents following the War of 1812. The collection also includes annual reports as well as later recollections about the Fragment Society, likely written by Mrs. Harrison Peirce.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS69
Title:
Fragment Society Papers
Date(s):
1819–1836, 1902
Creator:
Fragment Society.
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
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 Fragment Society Papers collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 2 gift of Mrs. Maria L. Oliver.

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Subject Headings

  • Corporate Names
    • Fragment Society.
  • Topical Terms
    • Charities—Massachusetts—Nantucket.

Biographical Information

The Fragment Society was formed in 1817 by a group of young Nantucket, Mass., women for the purpose of opening a school for girls unable to pay for their education. When the public schools were established, the efforts of the Society turned to sewing and distributing clothing and quilts to sick and impoverished individuals and to the Town Hospital. The Society also paid the tuition for two students at the Deaf and Dumb School in Hartford, Conn., and one student at the Blind Asylum in Boston, Mass. In November 1836, the Society merged with the Benevolent and Charitable Societies and became known as the Ladies Howard Society. They distributed clothing and money to the poor of Nantucket.

Scope and Content

The collection includes one volume containing minutes and treasurer’s reports that document the society’s sewing and distribution efforts and information relating to economic difficulties experienced by Nantucket, Mass., residents following the War of 1812. The collection also includes annual reports as well as later recollections about the Fragment Society, likely written by Mrs. Harrison Peirce; these recollections are undated but were written before 1902.

Contents

Box 1 Folder 1: Annual reports, 1818–1821

Box 1 Folder 2: Recollections about the Fragment Society, undated

Box 1 Folder 3: Constitution, minutes, and bylaws, 1820–1836

Processing Information

Processed by Teddy Leane, July 2021. Finding aid by Teddy Leane, July 2021.

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