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Ray Family

Ray Family Papers, 1898-1953 (Bulk: 1911-1944).
2 boxes (1 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 432

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.

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.

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.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Ray Family Papers (MS 432). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Peter Masi, April 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan L. Fahey, May 2005.


Additional Information

Language
English.


Contents List
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
Subjects
  • Camping--Massachusetts
  • Family--Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts--Description and travel
  • Portraits--History--20th century
  • Westwinster (Mass.)--History
Contributors
  • Ray, Herman Edgar
Types of material
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
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