Guide to the Wannacomet Water Company Records, 1879–1930

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.


The Wannacomet Water Company, incorporated as a private company in 1880, provided municipal water service the Town of Nantucket, Mass. It ceased to exist as a private company in 1925 and has since been operated by the Town of Nantucket. The Wannacomet Water Company Records consists of manuscript materials describing the history of the company, correspondence from company leadership, and legal papers and court summaries involving the company. There are also bound volumes of meeting minutes, services, and customer account information.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Wannacomet Water Company Records
Wannacomet Water Company
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 Wannacomet Water Company Records, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Wannacomet Water Company in 2018 (Acc. RL2018.3).

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.

Related Collections

  • PH155 Wannacomet Water Company Photographic Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Corporate Name
    • Wannacomet Water Company.
  • Topical Term
    • Water distribution--Massachusetts--Nantucket.
    • Water-supply--Massachusetts--Nantucket.
    • Water utilities--Massachusetts--Nantucket.

Biographical Information

The Wannacomet Water Company was incorporated in 1880 as a private company that provided municipal water service to the Town of Nantucket, Mass. In 1925, the company ceased to exist as a private company and has since been operated by the Town of Nantucket.

Scope and Content

The collection includes manuscript materials about the history of the Wannacomet Water Company, correspondence involving company leadership including general manager William Codd, and legal papers and summaries of court cases involving the Wannacomet Water Company. There are also bound volumes containing meeting minutes, services, and customer account information.


Box 1 Folder 1: History and Statistics of the Wannacomet Water Works booklet, 1900
Box 1 Folder 2: Letters, mainly to William Codd, 1898–1927
Box 1 Folder 3: Brief summaries of Massachusetts Superior Court cases involving Wannacomet Water Company, 1902
Box 1 Folder 4: Resignation letters from Wannacomet Water Company leadership, 1929
Box 1 Folder 5: Legal papers involving R. Gardner Chase, 1894–1898
SV-575/1: Minutes, 1882–1926
SV-575/2: Minutes of stockholders and directors meetings, 1928–1929
SV-575/3: Service Book, 1887–1895
SV-575/4: Ledger of customer account information, 1880–1883
SV-575/5: Service Book, 1879–1930

Items Separated

  • Separated Volumes: SV-575/1, SV-575/2, SV-575/3, SV-575/4, SV-575/5

Processing Information

Processed by Kelli Yakabu, March 2021. Finding aid by Kelli Yakabu, May 2021.

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