COLLECTION GUIDES

1808-1976

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The bulk of the Glades Association records is stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of records of the Glades Association and companion Glades Club related to property in North Scituate, Mass. owned by shareholders and used as a summer residence.

Historical Sketch

The Glades Association was a Massachusetts corporation formed initially of John C. Sharp, Leverett Saltonstall, and Frederick L. Ames and incorporated in Massachusetts in March 1876. By May 1876, the Association was composed of Robert Codman as president, John C. Sharp as treasurer, Leverett Saltonstall, William C. Lovering, Frederick L. Ames, F. E. Oliver, A. E. Swasey, and John H. Sturgis. It was established to hold land and buildings at the Great Glades in North Scituate, Massachusetts, in an area historically called Glades Point, Minot, or Minot's Village (opposite Minot's Ledge Light). The original building on the property had been the Glades House Hotel in the 19th century. Over time, shares were transferred to new shareholders, including various Adams, Saltonstall, Sturgis, and Hunnewell family members.

The Glades Club was initially an organized club with officers and annual meetings, but after 1886 it seems to have devolved into an informal group of individuals who owned as tenants-in-common the land and buildings for summer residential purposes. The old hotel on the property was adapted for use by the Club members, and additional cottages and outbuildings were included in the Club holdings. The shareholders of the Glades Association paid the financial assessments of the Association, and the Club members paid for the general upkeep, maintenance, improvements, and so forth, of the buildings and lands.

Collection Description

The records of the Glades Association and the companion Glades Club include three document boxes of papers relating to the Association's land in North Scituate, Mass. (deeds of sale for the property from 1808-1876); correspondence about maintenance issues, taxes, meetings, the use of the property and potential sale of it, and rental to the federal government (military) during World War II for coastal security; and other miscellaneous items related to the land and buildings. Also included are federal and state corporate tax records (1936-1969), assessments of Club members, Scituate tax bills (1946-1952), and State Street Bank records of the Association (1950-1953, 1961).

The collection also contains one document box of bound volumes which include: Glades Club records (1880-1893), a Glades Club checkbook (1884), a Glades Club register (1885-1964), accounts (1910-1937), and a typescript history of Glades Point by Henry Adams (1924). Also included is a separate large (cased) Glades House Hotel register (1854-1858).

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Glades Association, transferred from the Adams Papers editorial offices, December 1999.

Restrictions on Access

The bulk of the Glades Association records is stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Loose papers, 1808-1976

Box 1SH 1A9P
1808-1940
Box 2SH 1A9Q
1941-1976 and undated
Box 3SH 1A9R
Corporate tax returns, 1936-1969
Box 3SH 1A9R
State Street Bank papers, 1950-1953, 1961

II. Volumes, 1854-1964

Box 4SH 1A9SFolder 1
Glades Club meeting minutes, 1880-1893
Box 4SH 1A9SFolder 2
Glades Club checkbook, 1884 (unidentified bank)
Box 4SH 1A9SFolder 3
Glades Club register, 1885-1964
Box 4SH 1A9SFolder 4
Glades Club accounts, 1910-1937
Box 4SH 1A9SFolder 5
Glades Point by Henry Adams, 1924 (typescript history)
Box 4SH 1A9SFolder 6
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Atlantic Local Coast Pilot, Sub-Division 6, Cape Ann to Cohasset. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1879. (Glades Point, p. 628)
Cased Vol.
Glades House Hotel register, 1854-1858 (signatures of guests)Onsite at Ms. N-2520.

III. Oversize papers

Oversized items dummied out from Series I (Loose papers).

Box OS
Onsite at Ms. N-2520 (OS).

Preferred Citation

Glades Point records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Adams family.
Adams, Henry, 1875-1951.
Ames family.
Ames, Frederick L. (Frederick Lothrop), 1835-1893.
Hunnewell family.
Lovering family.
Saltonstall family.
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1825-1895.
Sharp, John Cauldwell, 1826-1890.

Organizations:

Glades Club (Scituate, Mass.).
Glades House Hotel (Scituate, Mass.).

Subjects:

Account books--1910-1937.
Hotels--Massachusetts--Scituate.
Real property--Massachusetts--Scituate.
Scituate (Mass.)--History.
Summer resorts--Massachusetts--Scituate.
Taxation--Massachusetts--Scituate.
World War, 1939-1945--Massachusetts--Scituate.

Materials Removed from the Collection

One photograph album (Photo. Coll. 270) and one glass-plate negative (Photo. 5.029) have been removed to the MHS Photo Archives.