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Frank H. Childs (1870-1961) Papers

Frank H. Childs (1870-1961) Papers

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FRANK H. CHILDS (1870-1961) PAPERS, 1907-1959





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Childs, Frank H., 1870-1961
Title:Frank H. Childs (1870-1961) Papers
Dates:1907/1959
Quantity:0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of 47 yearly diaries written by Frank H. Childs from 1907 to 1957.
Collection Number:MSS 239

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 47 yearly diaries written by Frank H. Childs from 1907 to 1957.Entries record weather, visitations, expenses, travel, and daily activities. Also present is a complete set of cancelled checks from 1949 to 1959.


Box 1 contains 47 diaries written by Frank H. Childs. The entries span the years 1907 to 1957 and record weather, daily activities noting visitors and meetings, gardening, and travel throughout much of the United States. Some volumes record his expenses, and the later volumes include a history of his employment on the Boston & Maine Railroad. Frank H. Childs was a Freemason from 1920 to 1943; some diaries also include a list of his achievements as a Mason. Newspaper clippings, pamphlets and papers including a Guide to Locomotive Renumbering (1911), a Roster of Engineers and Firemen (1921), a bill (1954) from St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a list of contributions (undated) totaling $2,036 for an unspecified cause are also included in Box 1.


Box 2 contains a complete set of almost 800 cancelled checks written by Frank H. Childs between 1949 and 1959. They are drawn on the Merchants National Bank in Salem, Massachusetts, or the Florida National Bank in St. Petersburg, Florida, detailing his expenses during these years.


Biographical Sketch

Frank H. Childs was born on February 16, 1870, the son of Charles W. and Susan Hussey Childs. He was employed by the Boston & Maine Railroad from 1888 to 1942 in several capacities, most notably as a ticket agent in Peabody, Massachusetts, from 1901 to 1928, and in Salem, Massachusetts, from 1928 to 1942. He married Flora Goodridge in 1893; they had two children, Harold and Gertrude. He resided in Peabody, Massachusetts, and, following his retirement, wintered for many years in St. Petersburg, Florida. He died in May 1961, in Pinellas, Florida.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Childs, Frank H., 1870-1961
Boston & Maine Railroad
Climatology
Railroads
United States--Transportation
Almanacs
Diaries

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Frank H. Childs (1870-1961) Papers, MSS 239, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased in 1988 (acc #88033).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, June 2013.


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