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- Guide to the Wiley Family Collection of Moby-Dick Inn Photographs, circa 1950s–1980s
- circa 1950s–1980s
- Reynolds, Clem. Wiley Family.
- 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 Wiley Family Collection of Moby-Dick Inn Photographs, Nantucket Historical Association.
Gift of Elaine Wiley in November 2000 (Acc. RL2018.2).Sensitive Materials Statement:
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- Nantucket Island (Mass.)—History.
The Moby Dick Inn was a hotel in ‘Sconset from 1963 until 1980. The Inn was originally a barn that Frederick C. Howe purchased from Charlie Pitman around 1920. Howe renovated the barn and opened it as the ‘Sconset Tavern-on-the-Moors, where he also hosted the School of Opinion. In the 1940s, Clem and Myra Mebane Reynolds purchased the tavern and reopened it as the White Whale Inn and Moby Dick Lounge for the 1962 summer season. Then in 1963, the property transferred to Robert N. and Elaine Wiley who operated it as the Moby Dick Inn until 1980. Since the mid-1980s, it has been known as the Summer House and Summer House Cottage.
Scope and Content
The collection is mostly comprised of images of the Moby Dick Inn on Ocean Avenue in ‘Sconset. It also contains images of ‘Sconset houses and landscapes, as well as unidentified golf tournaments, most likely at Sankaty Head Golf Club.
Photographs taken prior to 1963 are by Clem Reynolds and those taken between 1963 and 1980 are by the Wiley family.
Box 1 Slide 1 Aerial, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 1 Slides 2-6 Beach, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 1 Slides 7-9 Boats, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 1 Slides 10-23 Flowers, Clem Reynolds, before 1960
Box 2 Slides 24-38 Golf, Clem Reynolds, before 1960
Box 2 Slides 39-66 Golf, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 3 Slides 67-71 Landscapes, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 3 Slide 72 Lighthouse, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 4 Slides 73-80 Madaket, Clem Reynolds, before 1960
Box 4 Slide 81-82 Shimmo, Clem Reynolds, before 1960
Box 4 Slides 83-85 Old ‘Sconset Inn, Clem Reynolds, before 1960
Box 4-7 Slides 86-156 Moby Dick Inn, Clem Reynolds, before 1960
Box 7-9 Slides 157-217 Moby Dick Inn, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 9 Slide 218 Old Mill, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 10 Slides 219-221 Out of Town, Clem Reynolds, before 1960
Box 10 Slide 222 Out of Town, Wiley Family, 1963-1980
Box 10 Slides 223-230 ‘Sconset Houses, Clem Reynolds, before 1960
Processed by Ashley Miller, March 2019.
Finding aid by Amelia Holmes, February 2017; Ashley Miller, March 2019.