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titleWilliam Mason Papers, 1844-1854.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titlePapers of William Mason of Taunton, Massachusetts--engine builder, machinist, and manufacturer of locomotives and cotton machinery--consist of bills, receipts, and correspondence concerning the operation of his household, the construction of his residence, and several incidental papers dealing with his business affairs.
Divided into 2 series: (1) Correspondence; (2) Bills and receipts.

Bio / His Notes:
Mason was born in Mystic, Connecticut. At 15 he was sent to East Haddam to start the machines at a thread manufacturing mill. At 17 he set up the first power loom in the country for the manufacture of diaper linen. He later worked for a manufacturer of cotton machinery that he bought out in 1845, and became the largest manufacturer of machinery in the country. By 1853, he was also manufacturing locomotives and continued to improve them. Died of pneumonia.
extent0.66 cu. ft.: 2 boxes.
formatsFinancial Records Correspondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aidA finding aid is in the repository and on the repository's web site.
acquisition informationTransferred from the Division of Domestic Life, 5/2/83.
updated05/12/2022 11:09:43
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titleSpecial Research Collections at Old Colony Historical Society in Taunton, Massachusetts
repositoryThe Old Colony Historical Society
collection titleSome categories of research that our archives and library contain are:

Published and unpublished family histories for Southeastern MA families (especially before 1850)

Vital Records for the Commonwealth of MA and the State of RI

Taunton Daily Gazette and other newspapers on microfilm (early 19th century to present)

Taunton City Directories (from 1850 to present)

Mason Machine Works (textile machinery and locomotives)

Glenwood Range Co. and the stove industry

Taunton Police Records (late 19th century)

Gen. Darius Nash Couch (Civil War) military and natural history

Taunton High School Cadet Corps and Yearbooks

Early Ironworks

Davol Glass Plate Negatives taken in Taunton and surrounding towns

Papers of Sen. John Parker

Rev. Samuel Hopkins Emery (author of The History of Taunton) diary and notebooks

GAR Post Records (Civil War)

Reed & Barton and the silver industry

Maps and atlases

Annual Holiday Displays on Taunton Green

Court Records

Wills, probate records, diaries, and early proprietor’s records

Decorative arts and architectural history

Over 5,000 postcards and 7,000 photographs
extentSee repository for further details
formatsLegal Papers Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.oldcolonyhistoricalsociety.org/Research%20Collections.htm
updated11/12/2014 11:29:58
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