Guide to the Robert Stackpole Postcard Collection, 1908–1980

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Robert Stackpole (1911–2007) lived between Nantucket, Mass., and New Haven, Conn. This collection consists of his postcard collection from tourist sites in the two communities and other sites around New England.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Robert Stackpole Postcard Collection
Stackpole, Robert (1911–2007).
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 Stackpole Postcard Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Mrs. Beth Stackpole Kelly (Acc. RL2019.45).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Stackpole, Robert (1911–2007).
  • Topical Term
    • Postcards--20th century.
    • Tourism--New England.
    • Postcards--Massachussets--Nantucket Island--20th Century.
    • Postcards--Connecticut—New Haven--20th Century.

Biographical Information

Robert Stackpole (1911–2007) was born in New Haven, Conn., in 1911, to Charles Henry Stackpole and Mary Woodbury Sylvia Stackpole. For much of his life, he spent seasonal summers in Nantucket, Mass., with his step-brothers and -sisters from his father’s first marriage to Therese Mauduit. While travelling between these two communities and around New England, Stackpole collected postcards of local tourist sites to send to his friends and family.

Scope and Content

Collection contains postcards collected by Robert Stackpole, including correspondence with family in Nantucket, Mass. and New Haven, Conn. The majority of the collection consists of blank postcards. Postcards with notes are addressed to “mother and father” (Charles Henry and Mary Sylvia Stackpole), Emily Gilbert (a close friends in New Haven), Jennie Thomas Sylvia (Robert’s grandmother), other Stackpole relatives, and friends in the two communities.


Folder 1: New Haven, Conn. postcards, 1909–1943
Folder 2: Nantucket, Mass. postcards, 1908–1980
Folder 3: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut postcards, 1910–1942
Folder 4: Non-New England postcards, undated

Processing Information

Processed by Alex McGrath, July 2020.

Finding aid updated by Kelli Yakabu, June 2021.

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