Guide to the Rebecca Watson Papers, circa 1840-1848

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Rebecca Watson Papers
circa 1840-1848
Watson, Rebecca, 1831-1912
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 Rebecca Watson Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of the estate of William Albert Marshall in 1964 (Acc. 1964.25).

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Watson, Rebecca, 1831-1912.
  • Genre Term
    • Journals (Diaries).
  • Topical Term
    • Weather—Observations—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.

Biographical Information

Rebecca M. Watson (1831-1912) was born to William Watson and Mary Macy. She attended The State Normal School in West Newton, Mass., in the late 1840s. Rebecca married Moses Farnum of Philadelphia, Pa., in 1876. She died in Franklin, Mass., at age 81 on 14 January 1912.

Scope and Content

The Rebecca Watson papers include a diary kept by Rebecca M. Watson while a student at West Newton Normal School. There is also a single-page obituary of William Watson written by her for the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.


  • Folder 1 Rebecca Watson papers, 1840, circa 1848

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018 with additional description by Sarah Lerner in September 2018.

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