Guide to the Hospital Thrift Shop Records, 1944–2004

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.

Summary

The Nantucket Hospital Thrift Shop began as a charitable group in 1929 by a group of volunteers selling homemade goods to benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. The collection contains records of the Hospital Thrift Shop from 1944 to 2004, including articles of incorporation, deeds, meeting minutes, budgets, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS594
Title:
Hospital Thrift Shop Records
Date(s):
1944–2004
Creator:
Hospital Thrift Shop (Nantucket, Mass.)
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 Hospital Thrift Shop Records, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of the Hospital Thrift Shop in October 2019 (Acc. RL2019.51).

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

  • MS71 Ladies’ Howard Society Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.
  • MS76 Volunteer Aid Association of Nantucket Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.
  • MS77 Ladies' Aid Society Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Corporate Name
    • Hospital Thrift Shop (Nantucket, Mass.)
    • Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
  • Topical Term
    • Thrift shops—Massachusetts—Nantucket.
    • Women in charitable work--Massachusetts--Nantucket.

Biographical Information

The Nantucket Hospital Thrift Shop began as a charitable group in 1929, with Helen Congdon and other volunteers selling goods from Congdon’s home to benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. In 1931, the group rented the St. Paul’s Parish House at 12 Liberty Street and formally opened their business. In 1944, the business was incorporated and a Board of Directors and Executive Committee elected. In 1945, the property at 17 India Street became the shop’s permanent location. The volunteers, staff, and patrons of the shop have raised more than $5,000,000 to support the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of the records of the Hospital Thrift Shop from 1944 to 2004, including articles of incorporation, deeds, meeting minutes, budgets, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

Contents

Folders 1–61 Records, 1944–2004

Processing Information

Processed by Claudia Gentner in August 2022.

Finding aid by Ashley Miller in August 2022.

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