Guide to the Nantucket Defense Committee Records, 1940–1943

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Nantucket Defense Committee Records
Nantucket Defense Committee.
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 Nantucket Defense Committee Records, Nantucket Historical Association.

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Subject Headings

  • Corporate Name
    • Nantucket Defense Committee (Nantucket County, Mass.)
  • Topical Term
    • World War, 1939–1945.

Biographical Information

The Nantucket Public Safety Committee was set up in November 1940 by Henry B. Coleman, Chairman. In 1941, it became the Nantucket Defense Committee. Its primary responsibility was to organize protection for Nantucket, Mass., against air raids or possible invasion during World War II.

Scope and Content

The Nantucket Defense Committee Records collection includes a list of committee members, firemen and police, and volunteers (including American Legion members). There are also test reports, a financial sheet, and an inspector’s report.


Folder 1: Nantucket Defense Committee papers, 1940–1943

Processing Information

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Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018 with additional description by Sarah Lerner in September 2018 and Teddy Leane in June 2021.

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