Guide to the Henry C. Platt Papers, 1867-1921

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Henry C. Platt Papers
Platt, Henry C., 1850-1895
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 Henry C. Platt Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Platt, Henry C., 1850-1895.
  • Topical Term
    • Businesses—Massachusetts—Nantucket.
    • Photographers—Massachusetts—Nantucket—History—19th century.
    • Travel—19th century.

Biographical Information

Henry C. Platt (1850-1895) was born in Georgia, and moved to Nantucket, Mass., where he worked as a photographer and operated a shop on Centre Street. In 1892, he was awarded a patent for a camera shutter. He married Ann Maria Starbuck (1855-) in November 1876.

Scope and Content

The Henry C. Platt papers include letters and four pocket-sized diaries by Henry C. Platt, as well as postcards written to members of his family. Diaries and letters describe brief business trips to New York and the southeast states.


Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, June 2018.

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