Guide to the Helen Barnard Winslow Worth Papers, 1853-1880

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Helen Barnard Winslow Worth Papers
Worth, Helen Barnard Winslow, 1835-1911
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], Helen Barnard Winslow Worth Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Henry B. Worth. Folders 1-3, Acc. 3161.

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Related Collections

  • MS35 Henry B. and Helen B. W. Worth Papers, Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Worth, Helen Barnard Winslow, 1835-1911.
  • Genre Term
    • Autograph albums.
    • Journals (Diaries).

Biographical Information

Helen Barnard Winslow Worth (1835-1911) was born to George W. Winslow and Love C. Barnard. She married Calvin Worth (1812-1879), son of William Worth and Rebecca Gardner. The couple had two children, Henry Barnard Worth (1858- ) and Helen Barnard Winslow Worth (1861- ). She was a member of the Nantucket school board, vice-president of the Children’s Aid Society, and secretary for the Nantucket Improvement Association.

The Worth family are descendants of the early European settlers of Nantucket.

Scope and Content

The Helen Barnard Winslow Worth Papers include a diary and three autograph books. The diary details Helen’s life with Captain Calvin Worth in Williamsburg, N.Y., and visits to Nantucket, Mass. It also includes poems copied by Nellie B. Worth as well as poems written by Mary Starbuck Coffin. The three autograph books include greetings from friends and acquaintances during Worth’s time at the Coffin School.


  • Box 1 Folder 1 Helen Barnard Winslow Worth autograph book, 1853-1857
  • Box 1 Folder 2 Helen Barnard Winslow Worth autograph book, 1876-1878
  • Box 1 Folder 3 Helen Barnard Winslow Worth autograph book, 1879-1880
  • SV-39/1 Helen Barnard Winslow Worth diary, 1855-1861

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018 with additional description by Sarah Lerner in October 2018.

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