Register for winter term 1873-1874 for School District No. 5 of Greenwich, Massachusetts. Includes list of students, attendance, headmarks, visitor records, and a few statistics all kept by teacher Ernest Howe Vaughan who later became a lawyer involved with handling claims associated with the taking of property for the Quabbin Reservoir.


The collection is open for research.


Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275
Greenwich School District No. 5 Register
1 folder, housed in box with other small collections (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 38

Background on Greenwich (Mass.), School District No. 5

Greenwich was among the Western Massachusetts towns abolished in 1938 to allow the Swift River Valley to be flooded, thereby creating the Quabbin Reservoir to provide Boston with water.

Contents of Collection

The register for School District No. 5 of Greenwich, Massachusetts for winter term 1873-1874 lists seven students aged 8 to 12 years attending for the 2 month period, December 1 to January 23.

The teacher, Ernest Howe Vaughan, earned $24 per month, which he used to defray the costs of his own education, according to Donald Howe in Quabbin: The Lost Valley (pg. 297). Vaughan later became one of the most prominent members of the Worcester County Bar Association. He, with other lawyers, handled the claims of many firms and individuals in connection with the taking of property for the Quabbin Reservoir.

The register is a single folded sheet of paper, unbound, and includes attendance, headmarks, and visitors records, as well as a few statistics.

Administrative information

Acquired from Donald Howe, 1960.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 1985.


Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Greenwich School District No. 5 Register (MS 38). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
  • Education--Massachusetts--Greenwich (Town)--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Greenwich (Mass. : Town)--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Public schools--Massachusetts--Greenwich (Town)--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History.
  • School attendance--Massachusetts--Greenwich (Town)--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Greenwich (Mass. : Town). School District No. 5.
  • Vaughan, Ernest Howe, 1858-1937.
Genre terms
  • School records.