Guide to the Robert Butman Photographic Slides Collection, 1950-1990

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.


Robert Butman was a radar engineer who spent summers in Nantucket, Mass, living on Hinckley Lane. This collection consists of his photographic slides documenting his family’s time on the island.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Robert Butman Photographic Slides Collection
Butman, Robert
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 Robert Butman Photographic Slides Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Marcia Butman (Acc. RL2019.17).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Names
    • Butman, Robert.
    • Hinckley Lane (Nantucket, Mass.)

Biographical Information

Robert Charles Butman was born in St. Albans, Vt., in 1920. In 1941, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in electrical engineering. In 1942, he married Olive “Oggy” Coolidge Butman, with whom he had maintained a relationship since childhood. Robert and Oggy had three children: Marcia, Brad, and John. From 1951 to 1982, Robert worked with the MIT Lincoln Laboratory on radar technology. In 1952, the Butman family settled in Conantum, N.H., a planned community near Concord, N.H. Robert served several terms as Director of the Kalmia Woods Corporation, the legal entity of Conantum. The Butman family summered frequently on Nantucket. The family resided in their home ‘Sea Chest’ on Hinckley Lane, which they acquired in 1951. While on the island, Robert was an avid boater, photographer, and naturalist; he continued these hobbies in the winters at Conantum as well. Robert Butman died in Concord on 29 October 2009.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photographic slides of family activities, organized into files by the donor.


Slides 1-15: Nantucket miscellany, 1966-1968
Scope and Contents: Original donor numbers 6-14, 17, 20, 22-24.

Slides 16-55: ‘Sea Chest’ House Scenes, 1950-1983
Scope and Contents: Original donor numbers 21, 32-34, 39-45, 49-50, 52-55, 59-62, 64-66, 69-83.

Slides 56-86: Wedding, Sailing, and Dennison House, 1977-1990
Scope and Contents: Original donor numbers 84-88, 91-112, 114-125.

Slides 87-108: Old Nantucket, circa 1950
Scope and Contents: Original donor numbers 126-146.

Slides 109-112: Fire on the moors, 1949
Scope and Contents: Original donor numbers 147-150.

Slides 113-121: Lifeboat drills, 1950-1954
Scope and Contents: Original donor numbers 151-159.

Slides 122-134: Downtown Nantucket, circa 1950
Scope and Contents: Original donor number 160-172.

Slides 135-153: Beach picnics, 1950-1961
Scope and Contents: Original donor numbers 173-191.

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Processed by Alex McGrath, March 2020.

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