Guide to the Nantucket Agricultural Society Records, 1856–1917

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 Agricultural Society was organized in the early 1860s. The society sponsored annual cattle shows and fairs with a large variety of exhibits. The last fair was held in 1934. This collection includes handwritten meeting minutes and notes, lists of exhibitions, programs, and ephemera from the Nantucket Agricultural Society’s annual fairs.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS171
Title:
Nantucket Agricultural Society Records
Date(s):
1856–1917
Creator:
Nantucket Agricultural 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 Nantucket Agricultural Society Records, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Envelope 22 a gift of Mrs. Rupert Folger (Acc. 55-45); Folder 2 R. Easton notice a gift of Harriet R. Easton (Acc. No. 872); Folder 8 and envelope 27 gifts of Edward A. Swain (Acc. No. 965).

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

  • AB 139 Nantucket Agricultural Society account book, MS10 Account Books Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.
  • AB 140 Nantucket Agricultural Society account book, MS10 Account Books Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.
  • AB 435 Nantucket Agricultural Society account book, MS10 Account Books Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.
  • AB 458 Nantucket Agricultural Society account book, MS10 Account Books Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.
  • Folder 4 Agricultural Society, MS335 Edouard A. Stackpole Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Corporate Name
    • Nantucket Agricultural Society.
  • Topical Term
    • Agricultural exhibitions -- Massachusetts.
    • Agriculture -- Massachusetts.
    • Cattle -- Massachusetts.
    • Cattle -- Showing.
    • Fairs -- Massachusetts.

Biographical Information

The first agricultural exhibition in Nantucket, Mass., was held on 28 October 1856 in the Nantucket Atheneum, with public exercises in the Methodist Church and cattle exhibits in a vacant lot at Federal and Chestnut Streets. By the early 1860s, the Nantucket Agricultural Society was organized. The society sponsored annual cattle shows and fairs with a large variety of exhibits. Interest in the fairs waned in the early twentieth century due to an increasingly busy summer tourist season and the decline of horses on Nantucket. The last fair was held in 1934. In the 1950s, the Nantucket Agricultural Society sold its property and relocated to Foxboro, Mass., where it continued sponsoring harness racing to fund a scholarship.

Scope and Content

This collection includes handwritten meeting minutes and notes, lists of exhibitions, programs, and ephemera from the Nantucket Agricultural Society’s annual fairs. The majority of the collection consists of the society’s published annual reports, including meeting minutes, officers, treasurer’s reports, reports of exhibitors and winners, and the winners’ premiums.

Contents

Folder 1 Admittance ticket, 1888

OPF-171/1 Broadsides, 1897, 1902, 1916

OPF-171/3 Broadsides, 1874, 1876

OPF-171/2 Diplomas, 1856, 1867

Folder 2 Notices, 1856, undated

Folder 3 Programs, 1856–1914

Folder 4 Reports, 1906–1907, undated

Folders 5–9 Transactions of the Nantucket Agricultural Society, 1857–1861

Envelopes 10–51 Transactions of the Nantucket Agricultural Society, 1862–1917

Items Separated

  • Oversize paper folder (OPF-171/1–3)

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff.

Finding aid by Ashley Miller, December 2022.

Materials in this collection were digitized with support from Connie and Tom Cigarran.

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