Guide to the Nantucket Improvement Association Records, 1890–1911

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.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Nantucket Improvement Association
Nantucket Improvement Association
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 Improvement Association, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of the Nantucket Civic League in February 2014 (Acc. RL2014.10).

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.

Subject Headings

  • Corporate Name
    • Nantucket Civic League.
    • Nantucket Improvement Association.
  • Topical Term
    • Fraternal organizations--Massachusetts--Nantucket.

Biographical Information

The Nantucket Improvement Association was organized in 1890 to promote temperance and morality and to secure public health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, particularly Nantucket. The Chairman was Henry B. Worth (1858–1923), Justice of the Peace. Meetings continued regularly until 1897. After a lapse of 14 years, the Association met in 1911 to vote its merger with the Civic League of Nantucket.

Scope and Content

The Nantucket Improvement Association Records collection includes constitution and by-laws, member lists, and minutes of the Nantucket Improvement Society and, later, the Nantucket Civic League. Materials document the Society’s interest in improving rubbish collection, filtering drinking water, eliminating profanity, planting trees, and protecting wildflowers. The Society’s dissolution and merger with the Nantucket Civic League is recorded in the minutes of 1911.


Box 1 Folder 1: Constitution and by-laws, names of organizing members, 1890
Box 1 Folder 2: Constitution and by-laws, minutes of meetings, 1891, 1911
Box 1 Folder 3: Treasurer’s records, constitution and by-laws, leaflet, letter, deeds, and member list, 1890, 1911
Box 1 Folder 4: Committee on Public Improvement: Minutes, 23 January 1904

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Finding aid by Sarah Lerner and Amelia Holmes, October 2018. Updated by Teddy Leane, July 2021.

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