Abstract

Herman Edgar Ray, son of Fred Jackson Ray and Mabel Cosella Merriam Ray, was born in Westminster, Massachusetts on May 28, 1911. The collection consists primarily of family photographs spanning three identifiable generations of the Ray family, and contains photograph albums, formal portraits, and miscellaneous photographs.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275
413-545-2780
Ray Family Papers
1898-1953 (Bulk: 1911-1944)
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 432

Biographical Note

Herman Edgar Ray, son of Fred Jackson Ray and Mabel Cosella Merriam Ray, was born in Westminster, Massachusetts on May 28, 1911. Herman Edgar married Anita Crabtree on May 4, 1934 in Gardner, Massachusetts. The family remained in the area throughout the 1950s as indicated by their correspondence.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists primarily of family photographs spanning three identifiable generations of the Ray family, and contains photograph albums, formal portraits, and miscellaneous photographs. Additional material includes postcards, correspondence, and hand-made greeting cards. The materials document the childhood of Herman Edgar Ray. His extended family includes: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Ray, Ray Fenno, Mary Emergene Fenno, Mr.and Mrs. Charles A. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis, Helen Gates, Mary Russell, and Eleanor Howe.

Collection inventory
Correspondence: postcards, booklet with signatures
1898-1953

Box 1: 1
Correspondence: creative writing
1898-1951

Box 1: 2
Correspondence: greeting cards received by Ray family
undated

Box 1: 3
Greeting cards, hand-made by Vera Freeman and Marion Ray
1937-1944

Box 1: 4
Hand-made prints by Eleanor Howe, Marion Ray, and prints by unidentified artists
undated

Box 1: 5
Photograph album: baby record of Herman Edgar Ray with photographs from early childhood to early adulthood, some maternal and paternal genealogical information
undated

Box 1: 6
Photograph: Herman Edgar Ray at 11 1/2 months and as a boy
ca. 1911

Box 1: 7
Photographs: Katherine Luilla Ray (infant and adult), David Allen, Donald Earl Ray (infant) and birth announcement cards
1912, undated

Box 1: 8
Photograph album: houses, landscapes, group photographs including Herman Edgar Ray, Mabel Ray and Fred Ray
1935-1953

Box 1: 9
Photograph album: camping trip, landscapes, lake, group portraits including Herman Edgar Ray, Fred Ray, Mabel Ray, and Hiram Ray
undated

Box 1: 10
Photograph album: parade, architecture, group portraits, wedding, Fred Ray, Esther Ware, and Herman Edgar Ray
undated

Box 1: 11
Photographs: Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Ray
undated

Box 2: 1
Photographs: Ray Nichols Fenno and Mary Emergene Fenno (infant and youth)
undated

Box 2: 2
Photograph: Ray Nichols Fenno (adult)
1928-1936

Box 2: 3
Photographs and newspaper clipping: Viola Faith Raymo and Neil Andrew Raymo
1945

Box 2: 4
Photograph and card: Gertrude Caswell at 80th birthday party, card includes list of attendees
undated

Box 2: 5
Photographs: Glinda L. Woods (infant and toddler)
1948

Box 2: 6
Photographs: Eleanor T. Howe
undated

Box 2: 7
Photograph: Marion Ray
1937 and 1942

Box 2: 8
Photographs: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis
1923

Box 2: 9
Photographs: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Ray, Mrs. Helen Gates, Mabel Ray and Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Smith
undated

Box 2: 10
Photographs: unidentified
undated

Box 2: 11
Photographs: unidentified
1939, undated

Box 2: 12
Photographs: unidentified
1940, undated

Box 2: 13
Photographs: unidentified
undated

Box 2: 14
Photographs: unidentified
undated

Box 2: 15
Photographs: unidentified
undated

Box 2: 16
Photographs: Pittsford Pond, New York
undated

Box 2: 17
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Peter Masi, April 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan L. Fahey, May 2005.

For materials related to early 20th century local history of Western Massachusetts, see:
Marcia Grover Church Bates Family Papers, MS 424

For photographs documenting family life in the 1900s, see:
Miller Family Photographs, MS 119

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Ray Family Papers (MS 432). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Camping--Massachusetts.
  • Family--Massachusetts.
  • Massachusetts--Description and travel.
  • Portraits--History--20th century.
  • Westwinster (Mass.)
Names
  • Ray, Herman Edgar.
Genre terms
  • Photograph Albums--Massachusetts.
  • Photographs--Massachusetts.