Guide to the Collection of Nantucket Businesses Ephemera, 1944–2011

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.


This is an artificial collection of business ephemera assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association, containing fliers, brochures, bookmarks, order forms, schedules, letterhead, labels, business cards, signs, and booklets.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Collection of Nantucket Businesses Ephemera
Nantucket Historical Association.
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 Collection of Nantucket Businesses Ephemera, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 6 gift of Steve Desroches in 2014 (Acc. RL2014.23). Folder 28 gift of children of Mary M and Edward M. Walsh in 2019 (Acc. RL2019.33). Folder 41 gift of Frances Ruley Karttunen in 2020 (Acc. RL2020.15).

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

  • MS236 Collection of Nantucket Lodging and Eating Establishments Ephemera, Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Businesses—Massachusetts—Nantucket.

Biographical Information

This is an artificial collection of local business ephemera assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association. In some instances, the NHA gathers materials on a single topic to preserve them and make them available. In these cases, the NHA is seen as the creator of the artificially constructed collection.

Scope and Content

This collection includes ephemera such as fliers, brochures, bookmarks, order forms, schedules, letterhead, labels, business cards, signs, and booklets from local businesses collected by the Nantucket Historical Association.


Box 1 Folder 1 Albert G. Brock Insurance Co., undated

Box 1 Folder 2 Antiques, undated

Box 1 Folder 3 Barrett’s Blue & White Coach, undated

Box 1 Folder 38 Bayberry Studio, undated

Box 1 Folder 39 Bill Fisher Tackle, undated

Box 1 Folder 4 Brockway Jellies, undated

Box 1 Folder 5 Cap’n Tobey’s, undated

Box 1 Folder 6 Cook’s Cycle Shop, 24 July 1946

Includes a canceled check to Cook’s Cycle Shop, signed by Tennessee Williams.

Box 1 Folder 7 Cooperage Shop, undated

Box 1 Folder 40 Miss Cora Stevens, undated

Box 1 Folder 8 Crafts Centre, undated

Box 1 Folder 9 C.H. Davis Hardware, undated

Box 1 Folder 10 Evelyn’s Beauty Shop, undated

Box 1 Folder 11 Executive Airlines, 1 August 1968, undated

Box 1 Folder 12 Forager House antiques, undated

Box 1 Folder 41 Garden Gate nursery, undated

Box 1 Folder 13 Gull Air, undated

Box 1 Folder 14 Hill’s, undated

Box 1 Folder 15 Huyser’s Taxi and Sightseeing, undated

Box 1 Folder 16 Inquirer & Mirror Real Estate Guide, Summer 1982

Box 1 Folder 17 Island Rentals, undated

Box 1 Folder 18 Island Service Co., August 1953

Box 1 Folder 42 Mitchell’s Book Corner, undated

Box 1 Folder 19 Nantucket Bake Shop, undated

Box 1 Folder 20 Nantucket Boys’ Club, Winter 1978

Box 1 Folder 21 Nantucket Construction  Company, 25 February 1969

Box 1 Folder 22 Nantucket Cottage Hospital Thrift Shop, 1968, undated

Box 1 Folder 23 Nantucket Demo Derby Association, 2011

Box 1 Folder 24 Nantucket Harbor House, August 1959

Box 1 Folder 25 Nantucket Island Tours, undated

Box 1 Folder 26 Nantucket Kiteman, undated

Box 1 Folder 27 Nantucket Looms, undated

Box 1 Folder 28 Nantucket Sleigh Ride gift shop, 1982-1983

Box 1 Folder 43 Nantucket Whalewatch, undated

Box 1 Folder 29 Past & Present Antiques, undated

Box 1 Folder 44 Irving M. Saunders Rental Agents, undated

Box 1 Folder 30 Nantucket Police Station, 2010

Box 1 Folder 31 Steamship Authority, 1946, undated

Box 1 Folder 47 Stephen Swift Furnituremaker, 2001

Box 1 Folder 45 Nantucket Treasures, undated

Box 1 Folder 46 F. M. Wakeman, Horologist, undated

Box 1 Folder 32 Whiting Milk Co., 7 December 1968

Box 1 Folder 33 E.F. Whitman printer, undated

Box 1 Folder 34 Will’s Air, 15 June 1983

Box 1 Folder 35 William W. Coffin gift shop, undated

Box 1 Folder 36 Windswept Cranberry Co. Inc., 1944, 1947, 26 October 1955, undated

Box 1 Folder 37 Museum of African American History, undated

Processing Information

Processed by NHA Staff.

Finding aid by Ashley Miller, February 2022.

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