COLLECTION GUIDES

1840s-1950s

Guide to the Photograph Collection

Restrictions on Access

There are restrictions on the use of this collection. Glass plate negatives and lantern slides of any size are not available for research use. Copy photographs or scans may be available for alternative viewing. Consult the Reference Librarian for more information.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of 277 photographs, primarily individual and group portraits of members of the related Fay, Mixter, Spooner, and Galloupe families, including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, five photograph albums (two containing tintype miniatures), and glass plate negatives.

Biographical Sketches

Fay Family

Joseph Story Fay (1812-1897), known as "Story," was born in Cambridge, Mass. and became a cotton merchant, industrialist, and businessman. As a young man, he worked as a shipping agent in New York in partnership with L. H. Brigham. In 1838, he moved to Savannah, Ga. and joined his brother Samuel H. Fay in the cotton trade as part of the firm Padelford, Fay & Co. He worked in that business until 1861, when the company dissolved and he moved back to Massachusetts. He eventually settled in Woods Hole, Mass., where he had bought a summer home and land in 1850.

In 1840, Joseph S. Fay married Sarah "Sally" Smith Bryant (1812-1887), the daughter of John (1780-1865) and Mary Cleveland (Smith) Bryant (1784-1860). The couple had three children that lived to adulthood: Joseph Story Fay, Jr. (1847-1912), who married first Rebecca Rodman Motley (1849-1905) and second Mabel Grace Ely (1865-1950); Henry Howard Fay (1848-1929), who married Elizabeth Elliot Spooner (1851-1945); and Sarah Bryant Fay (1856-1936). Dorothy Fay (1886-), the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Spooner) Fay, married William Jason Mixter (1880-1958) in 1911.

Mixter Family

William Mixter (1809-1884) was the son of Jason (1772-1850) and Susan (Cutler) Mixter (1777-1861). Three of his siblings lived to adulthood: Charles (1811-1873), Susan (1814-1894), and George (1815-1897). Mixter was a merchant and banker in Boston. He married Mary Ruggles (1818-1904) and had the following children: George Mixter (1842-1910); Mary Ann "Mamie" Mixter (1845-1922); Fanny Louise Mixter (1850-), who married Daniel Waldo Howard (1847-); Samuel Jason Mixter (1855-1926), who married Wilhelmina "Willie" Galloupe (1858-1925); and William Anson Mixter (1856-1859).

Samuel Jason Mixter (1855-1926) was born in Hardwick, Mass. and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1875 and Harvard Medical School in 1879. From 1879-1881, he lived in Vienna and studied medicine, returning to practice in Boston as a surgeon at various hospitals and to teach at Harvard Medical School. He married Wilhelmina "Willie" Galloupe (1858-1925), the daughter of Charles William Galloupe (1825-1903) and Sarah Augusta (Kittredge) Galloupe (1827-1904), and had the following children: William Jason Mixter (1880-1958), who married Dorothy Fay (1886-); Charles Galloupe Mixter (1882-1965), who married Helen Worthington McIntosh; Roger Conant Mixter (1885-1886); George Mixter (1889-1968), who married Muriel Eaton (1892-); and Samuel Mixter (1891-1967), who married Anne Dudley Williams. The two oldest sons, William and Charles, also became doctors.

Spooner Family

William Spooner (1792-1831) married Hannah Otis Nicholson (1793-1865) in 1818, and the couple had four children: Daniel Nicholson Spooner (1819-1869), Caroline Miller Spooner (1823-1904), Ellen Otis Spooner (1826-), and Katherine Brinley Spooner (1831-1909). Daniel N. Spooner became a successful China trade merchant and partner in the Boston, Mass. firm of Russell & Co. He later served as treasurer of the Great Falls Manufacturing Co., a New Hampshire textile mill. He married Elizabeth Elliot Torrey (1825-1907) and had the following children: Samuel Nicholson Spooner (1848-1861); Elizabeth Elliot Spooner (1851-1945), who married Henry Howard Fay (1848-1929); Ellen Otis Spooner (1856-1924); and Mary Torrey Spooner (1864-1956).

Collection Description

This collection consists of 277 photographs, primarily individual and group portraits of members of the related Fay, Mixter, Spooner, and Galloupe families, including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, five photograph albums (two containing tintype miniatures), and glass plate negatives. Subjects include Joseph Story Fay, Elizabeth Elliot (Spooner) Fay, Mary (Ruggles) Mixter, Samuel Jason Mixter, Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter, Daniel Nicholson Spooner, Samuel Nicholson Spooner, and many others. The collection also contains photographs of family homes, views of Boston, Mass., and portraits of non-family members. Photographers include John Adams Whipple (Boston, Mass.), Allen & Rowell (Boston, Mass.), D. W. Bowdoin (Salem, Mass.), and Le Jeune (Paris, France).

Acquisition Information

The Fay-Mixter family photographs were removed from the Fay-Mixter family papers, which were a gift to the Massachusetts Historical Society from Elizabeth B. Gardner in February 2013, with additions in April 2015.

Restrictions on Access

There are restrictions on the use of this collection. Glass plate negatives and lantern slides of any size are not available for research use. Copy photographs or scans may be available for alternative viewing. Consult the Reference Librarian for more information.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Cased photographs, 1840s-ca. 1870

This series contains 11 daguerreotypes, 3 ambrotypes, and 8 other cased photographs of members of the Fay, Mixter, Spooner, and related families. Included are photographs by J. W. Fullerton of Salem, Mass.; James & Co. of Boston, Mass.; and G. W. Rider, but the rest of the photographers are unknown.

A. Daguerreotypes, 1840s-1850s

11 photographs

Arranged alphabetically.

#1.580#232.1
Fay, Elizabeth Elliot (Spooner) (1851-1945), 1852Photographer unknown.Sixteenth-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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Label in case in Elizabeth Elliot (Spooner) Fay's hand: "Myself / Sent to / China E.E.F."

#1.581#232.2
Fay, Elizabeth Elliot (Spooner) (1851-1945), 1852Photographer unknown.Sixteenth-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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Apparently taken at the same time as Photo. #232.1. Label in case: "Elizabeth E Spooner / aged 18 months."

#1.582#232.3
Fay, Henry Howard (1848-1929), 1849Photographer unknown.Hand-painted quarter-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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Label in case: "H. H. Fay / 20 months."

#1.583#232.4
Mixter, Mary Ann, [1840s-1850s]Photographer unknown.Hand-painted sixth-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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#1.584#232.5
Mixter, Mary (Ruggles) (1818-1904), [ca. 1855]Photographer unknown.Sixth-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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#1.585#232.6
Spooner, Daniel Nicholson (1819-1869), ca. 1847Photographer unknown.Sixth-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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Enclosed in case with Photo. #232.7.

#1.586#232.7
Spooner, Elizabeth Elliot (Torrey) (1825-1907), ca. 1847Photographer unknown.Sixth-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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Enclosed in case with Photo. #232.6.

#1.587#232.8
Spooner, Hannah Otis (Nicholson) (1793-1865), [1840s-1850s]Photographer unknown.Sixth-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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Photograph of a portrait.

#1.588#232.9
Spooner, Samuel Nicholson (1848-1861), [1850s]Photographer unknown.Quarter-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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Photograph of a portrait.

#1.589#232.10
Woodbury, Charles William (1845-1925), [ca. 1851-1853]Photographer unknown.Hand-painted sixth-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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Charles William Woodbury was the first cousin of Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter.

#1.590#232.11
Unidentified man, [1840s-1850s]Photographer unknown.Half-plate daguerreotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Daguerreotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 1).
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This photograph depicts a young man with a mustache dressed in riding clothes and holding a hat.

B. Ambrotypes, ca. 1855-1859

3 photographs

Arranged alphabetically.

#2.209#232.12
Allen, Lucy (Galloupe) (1790-1871), [ca. 1855]Photographer unknown.Hand-painted sixth-plate ambrotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Ambrotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 2).
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Brass mat stamped: "Cutting's Pat July 4 & 11 1854." The name "Lucy Allen" is scraped into the plate backwards. Label in case in Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter's hand: "Aunt Lucy Allen / Sister to Grandfather [Isaac Galloupe (1785-1862)] / and wife of Grandmothers / Brother [Jacob Allen (1789-1852)] e.g. double / Aunt to Mother."

#2.210#232.13
Coffin, Elisabeth D. (Galloupe) (1813-1897), 1857Taken by J. W. Fullerton (Salem, Mass.).Hand-painted ninth-plate ambrotype in brass preserver.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Ambrotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 2).
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Elisabeth D. (Galloupe) Coffin was the aunt of Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter.

#2.211L#232.14
Spooner, Samuel Nicholson (1848-1861), [ca. 1859]Photographer unknown.Whole-plate ambrotype in leather case.This photograph is stored separately in the MHS Ambrotype Collection (Photo. Coll. 2).
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Label in case in Elizabeth Elliot (Spooner) Fay's hand: "S. N. Spooner / about 11 yrs / E.E.F." Glass cover cracked.

C. Other cased photographs, 1857-ca. 1870

8 photographs

Arranged alphabetically.

Box 1Folder 1#232.15
Mixter, Mary (Ruggles) (1818-1904), undatedPhotographer unknown.Photograph in brass preserver.
Box 1Folder 2#232.16
Spooner, Daniel Nicholson (1819-1869), undatedPhotographer unknown.Photograph of portrait in case.
Box 1Folder 3#232.17
Spooner, Daniel Nicholson (1819-1869) and Samuel Nicholson Spooner (1848-1861), undatedPhotographer unknown.Photograph of portrait in leather case.
Box 1Folder 4#232.18
Spooner, Elizabeth Elliot (Torrey) (1825-1907), Daniel Nicholson Spooner (1819-1869), and Samuel Nicholson Spooner (1848-1861), [ca. 1860-1861]Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype in case.
Box 1Folder 5#232.19
Spooner, Ellen Otis (1856-1924), [1866]Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype in brass preserver.
Box 1Folder 6#232.20
Spooner, Mary Torrey (1864-1956), [1870]Taken by G. W. Rider.Hand-colored tintype in brass preserver.
Box 1Folder 7#232.21
Woodbury, Hannah Dodge (Galloupe) (1815-1903), 1857Taken by James & Co. (Boston, Mass.).Hand-colored tintype in brass preserver.

Hannah Dodge (Galloupe) Woodbury was the aunt of Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter.

Box 1Folder 8#232.22
Unidentified girl, [ca. 1860-1870]Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype in brass preserver.

II. Loose photographs, ca. 1860-1950s

This series contains 21 cartes-de-visite, 4 cabinet cards, and 25 other loose photographs of members of the Fay, Mixter, and related families, including 9 photographs of Joseph Story Fay, as well as views of family homes. Included are photographs by Allen & Rowell, J. W. Black, Black & Case, W. Notman, Notman & Campbell, J. E. Purdy & Co., H. G. Smith, and John Adams Whipple, all of Boston, Mass.; D. W. Bowdoin of Salem, Mass.; J. Carbutt of Chicago, Ill.; Le Jeune of Paris, France; and Vyvyan Poole of Dublin, Ireland.

A. Cartes-de-visite, ca. 1860-1880

21 photographs

Arranged alphabetically.

Box 2Folder 1#232.23
Fay, Elizabeth Elliot (Spooner) (1851-1945), [ca. 1863-1864]Taken by Black & Case (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 1#232.24
Fay, Joseph Story (1812-1897), ca. 1860Taken by Whipple (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 1#232.25
Fay, Joseph Story (1812-1897), ca. 1860[Taken by Whipple (Boston, Mass.).]
Box 2Folder 1#232.26
Fay, Joseph Story (1812-1897), ca. 1865Taken by Whipple (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 1#232.27
Fay, Joseph Story (1812-1897), ca. 1865Taken by Whipple (Boston, Mass.).

Duplicate of Photo. #232.26.

Box 2Folder 2#232.28
Fay, Joseph Story (1812-1897), [ca. 1865]Taken by Whipple (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 2#232.29
Fay, Joseph Story (1812-1897), [ca. 1865]Taken by Whipple (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 2#232.30
Fay, Joseph Story (1812-1897), ca. 1875Taken by Allen & Rowell (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 2#232.31
Fay, Joseph Story (1847-1912), [ca. 1860-1862]Photographer unknown.
Box 2Folder 2#232.32
Fay, Sarah Bryant (1856-1936), [ca. 1863-1865]Taken by Whipple (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 3#232.33
Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1841-1935), 1861Taken by Whipple [(Boston, Mass.)].
Box 2Folder 3#232.34
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882), 1861Taken by Whipple [(Boston, Mass.)].
Box 2Folder 3#232.35
Mixter, Charles (1811-1873), [ca. 1872]Taken by Le Jeune (Paris, France).

For a carte-de-visite photograph of Charles Mixter's wife, Frances Louisa (Curtis) Mixter (1823-1873), see Photo. #232.144.

Box 2Folder 3#232.36
Mixter, George (1815-1897), [ca. 1865]Taken by J. Carbutt (Chicago, Ill.).
Box 2Folder 3#232.37
Mixter, Mary (Ruggles) (1818-1904), [ca. 1870]Taken by H. G. Smith (Boston, Mass.).Photograph of drawing.

Inscription on verso: "Mrs Wm. Mixter / Photo of black / & white crayon / portrait by / [George Chickering] Munzig."

Box 2Folder 4#232.38
Mixter, Susan (Cutler) (1777-1861), [ca. 1860]Photographer unknown.

Enclosed with letter from George Cutler (1862-1947) to Dorothy (Fay) Mixter, 22 May 1943, about the picture and other matters.

Box 2Folder 5#232.39
Mixter, William (1809-1884), [ca. 1865]Taken by Marshall (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 5#232.40
[Mixter, William Augustus (1824-1869)], [ca. 1869]Taken by D. W. Bowdoin (Salem, Mass.).

Inscription on verso: "Wm Mixter / of New Braintree / Like Samuel Mixter / of New Braintree?"

William Augustus Mixter was the first cousin of William Mixter (1809-1884).

Box 2Folder 5#232.41
Mixter, William Gilbert (1846-1936), [ca. 1866-1867]Photographer unknown.

William Gilbert Mixter was the son of George Mixter (1815-1897).

Box 2Folder 5#232.42
Mixter, William Gilbert (1846-1936), [ca. 1880]Taken by W. Notman [(Boston, Mass.)].
Box 2Folder 5#232.43
Ruggles, Daniel (1823-1901), [ca. 1868]Taken by J. W. Black (Boston, Mass.).

Daniel Ruggles was the brother of Mary (Ruggles) Mixter.

B. Cabinet cards, 1886-1897

4 photographs

Arranged alphabetically.

Box 2Folder 6#232.44
Fay, Joseph Story (1812-1897), 1891Taken by Allen & Rowell (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 6#232.45
Fay, Sarah Smith (Bryant) (1812-1887), 1886Taken by Allen & Rowell (Boston, Mass.).

Inscription on verso: "Grandma Fay / for Margaret."

Box 2Folder 6#232.46
Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926), [ca. 1890-1895]Photographer unknown.

Inscription on verso: "Samuel Jason Mixter / Posed w/ polar bearskin / from Alaska expedition."

Box 2Folder 6#232.47
Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926), 1897Taken by J. E. Purdy & Co. (Boston, Mass.).

C. Other loose photographs, ca. 1860-1950s

25 photographs

Portraits

Arranged alphabetically.

Box 2Folder 7#232.48
Ballantine, Elizabeth Elliot (Mixter) (1913-), Josephine Howard, and John Cudahy (1887-1943), 1938Taken by Vyvyan Poole (Dublin, Ireland).

Enclosed with copy of photograph printed in the Irish Tatler & Sketch, Aug. 1938, captioned: "His Excellency, Mr. John Cudahy, the United States Minister to Eire, photographed with two charming American visitors, Miss Josephine Howard (on left) and Miss Elizabeth Mixter, at His Excellency's reception on Independence Day."

Elizabeth Elliot (Mixter) Ballantine was the daughter of William Jason Mixter and Dorothy (Fay) Mixter.

Box 2Folder 7#232.49
Elliot, James Henderson (1782-1808), 1898Taken by [Elliot Torrey] Sturgis.Photograph of painting.

Inscription on verso in Elizabeth Elliot (Torrey) Spooner's hand: "James Elliot / Son of Genl. Simon Elliot / & my mother's brother / a photograph from a painting / by [Gilbert] Stuart. / Elizabeth Elliot Spooner / Woods Holl / May 23rd 1898."

Box 2Folder 8#232.50
Fay, Sarah Smith (Bryant) (1812-1887), ca. 1860Taken by Whipple [(Boston, Mass.)].

Inscription on verso in Sarah Bryant Fay's hand: "S. S. Fay - / My Mother / taken by Whipple / about 1860 / When Mr Whipple (she hated so / to have her picture taken) / said in despair 'Mrs Fay / cant you look a little / pleasanter?' & caught / it. She hid / these until her / death - but my father had his one copy copied, to her great distress."

Box 2Folder 8#232.51
Galloupe, Charles William (1825-1903), Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter (1858-1925), Mary Ann Mixter (1845-1922), Mary (Ruggles) Mixter (1818-1904), and George (1889-1968) or Samuel Mixter (1891-1967) with dog, [ca. 1900]Photographer unknown.

Inscription on verso incorrectly identifies the man in the photograph as "C. G. Galloupe."

The subjects are pictured on the front step of a house that is probably the house depicted in Photos. #232.70-72.

Box 2Folder 8#232.52
Mixter, Mary (Ruggles) (1818-1904), [ca. 1900]Photographer unknown.
Box 2Folder 8#232.53
Mixter, Mary (Ruggles) (1818-1904), [ca. 1900]Photographer unknown.
Box 2Folder 9#232.54
Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926), Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter (1858-1925), and their children William Jason Mixter (1880-1958), Charles Galloupe Mixter (1882-1965), and Roger Conant Mixter (1885-1886), [1885-1886]Photographer unknown.Photocopy.

Inscription on verso identifies the youngest child as George Mixter, but George was born in 1889, so the child is probably his brother Roger Conant Mixter, who died in 1886.

Box 2Folder 9#232.55
Mixter, William (1809-1884), 1876Taken by Notman & Campbell (Boston, Mass.).
Box 2Folder 9#232.56
Revere, Joseph Warren (1848-1932), [ca. 1866]Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype.

Inscription on verso: "Joseph W. Revere / about 18 yrs old."

Joseph Warren Revere was the son of Susan Tilden (Torrey) Revere (1826-1911), the first cousin of Elizabeth Elliot (Torrey) Spooner. His great-grandfather was Paul Revere.

Box 2Folder 9#232.57
Unidentified woman, [1860s]Photographer unknown.
Box 2Folder 10#232.58-61
Unidentified women in theatrical performance, [1950s]Taken by Harding Glidden, Inc. (Brookline, Mass.).

Four photographs of groups of unidentified women in costume performing in a theater.

Box 2Folder 10#232.62
Unidentified women, [1950s]Photographer unknown.
Box 2Folder 10#232.63
Unidentified woman, 1955Photographer unknown.

Inscription on verso: "Vincent 1955."

Views

Arranged alphabetically.

Box 2Folder 11#232.64
Boston, Mass. 88 Mount Vernon St., [late 19th century]Photographer unknown.

88 Mount Vernon St. was the home of Joseph Story Fay and later his daughter Sarah Bryant Fay.

Box 2Folder 11#232.65
Boston, Mass. Louisburg Square, [late 19th century]Photographer unknown.

View from 88 Mount Vernon St. Apparently taken at the same time as Photo. #232.64.

Box 2Folder 11#232.66
Boston, Mass. Home of John Bryant (1780-1865), [late 19th century]Photographer unknown.

Inscription on verso: "Bow front house was Bryant / Corner Beacon & Charles St / Boston."

Box 2Folder 11#232.67
Boston, Mass. 61 Beacon St., [early 20th century]Photographer unknown.Postcard.

Inscription on verso identifies this as "John Bryant House," but he apparently lived at 64 Beacon St. 61 Beacon St. was the home of Elizabeth Brimmer (Sohier) Bryant (1823-1916), John Bryant's daughter-in-law.

Box 2Folder 12#232.68
Boston, Mass. Home of Charles Torrey (1795-1873), undatedPhotographer unknown. Print by Rockwell & Churchill Press (Boston, Mass.).

Print by Rockwell & Churchill Press of a photograph taken ca. 1860 by an unknown photographer. Inscription on verso: "The large house was the home / of Daniel Webster / The stone house adjoining was / Charles Torrey's. / From this house on Sept 15th 1847 / Elizabeth E. Torrey was married to / Daniel Nicholson Spooner / grandparents of Dorothy Fay Mixter."

Charles Torrey was the father of Elizabeth Elliot (Torrey) Spooner.

Box 2Folder 12#232.69
Venice, Italy. Piazza San Marco and Saint Mark's Basilica and Clock Tower, 1880Photographer unknown.

This photograph was purchased by Samuel Jason Mixter and enclosed in a letter he wrote to his father William Mixter from Venice on 4 Apr. 1880.

Box 2Folder 12#232.70-72
Unidentified house, undatedPhotographer unknown.

Three photographs of a large white house and grounds, taken from different angles.

Photo. #232.51, a group portrait of members of the Galloupe and Mixter families, appears to have been taken on the front step of this house.

III. Photograph albums, 1841-1890

This series contains 5 photograph albums, including views of Boston, cartes-de-visite, a minette album, and two albums of tintype miniatures.

A. Views of Boston, 1841-1890

59 photographs

This album consists primarily of photographs of Boston streets and sights, taken by unknown photographers in the second half of the 19th century. The owner and/or compiler of the album is unknown. The titles below are taken from captions.

Vol. 1p. 1#232.73
"Boston from South Boston Bridge," undatedPhotograph of painting (1802).
Vol. 1p. 2#232.74
"Back Bay," 1857
Vol. 1p. 3#232.75
"View from State House looking South West," 1857
Vol. 1p. 4#232.76
"View from State House looking North West," 1857
Vol. 1p. 5#232.77
"View from State House looking South," 1857
Vol. 1p. 6#232.78
"View from State House looking south east," 1857
Vol. 1p. 7#232.79
"Back Bay," 1869
Vol. 1p. 8#232.80
"Back Bay," 1890
Vol. 1p. 9#232.81
"Park Street from State House," 1857
Vol. 1p. 10#232.82
"Public Garden," 1857
Vol. 1p. 11#232.83
"Tremont St., South from Eliot," 1869
Vol. 1p. 12#232.84
"Tremont St., looking North from Elliot Street," 1869
Vol. 1p. 13#232.85
"Church Green, Summer St.," 1869
Vol. 1p. 14#232.86
"Old Summerset Club cor. Summerset & Beacon Sts.," 1860
Vol. 1p. 15#232.87
"Providence Depot and Park Sq.," 1859
Vol. 1p. 16#232.88
"Federal Street Church," 1869
Vol. 1p. 17#232.89
"Tremont Street, Paddock Elms," 1859
Vol. 1p. 18#232.90
"Old National Theatre, cor. Portland & Travers Sts.," 1860
Vol. 1p. 19#232.91
"Franklin St. and First Catholic Church in New Eng.," 1859
Vol. 1p. 20#232.92
"Tremont House, King's Chapel & Paddock Elms," 1859
Vol. 1p. 21#232.93
"Removal of Hotel Pelham," 1869
Vol. 1p. 22#232.94
"Tremont St. & Hotel Pelham," 1869
Vol. 1p. 23#232.95
"Washington Street South from Milk Street," 1857
Vol. 1p. 24#232.96
"Adams House," 1859
Vol. 1p. 25#232.97
"Howard Street and old Howard Athenaeum," 1860
Vol. 1p. 26#232.98
"Winthrop House after Fire," 1864
Vol. 1p. 27#232.99
"Water St.," 1860
Vol. 1p. 28#232.100
"Corner of Court & Tremont Sts.," 1856
Vol. 1p. 29#232.101
"U.S. Court, cor. Tremont St., and Temple Place," 1870
Vol. 1p. 30#232.102
"Daniel Webster Home," 1859
Vol. 1p. 31#232.103
"Providence Depot and Park Square," 1857
Vol. 1p. 32#232.104
"Temple Place, South Side," 1865
Vol. 1p. 33#232.105
"Temple Place, showing steps at end near Wash. St.," 1859
Vol. 1p. 34#232.106
"Exchange Building and Post Office, State St.," 1860
Vol. 1p. 35#232.107
"Brattle Sq. and Church," 1859
Vol. 1p. 36#232.108
"Chauncy Hall School, Chauncy St. Church," 1860
Vol. 1p. 37#232.109
"Peace Jubilee," 1869
Vol. 1p. 38#232.110
"Side View of Colliseum in gale," 1869
Vol. 1p. 39#232.111
"Colliseum in Gale," 8 Sep. 1869
Vol. 1p. 40#232.112
"Tremont House, looking north west," 1857
Vol. 1p. 41#232.113
"Water St., cor. Devonshire St.," 1860
Vol. 1p. 42#232.114
"Masonic Temple," 1870
Vol. 1p. 43#232.115
"Bromfield Inn, Bromfield Street," 1860
Vol. 1p. 44#232.116
"John Hancock House," 1860
Vol. 1p. 45#232.117
"Old State House," 1858
Vol. 1p. 46#232.118
"Cockerel Church, Hanover St.," 1869
Vol. 1p. 47#232.119
"Scollay Square Building," 1859
Vol. 1p. 48#232.120
"Old Engine Lion," 1841
Vol. 1p. 49#232.121
"Trinity Church after Fire," 1872
Vol. 1p. 50#232.122
"View of the Old Warren House, at Roxbury, Mass.," 1849Photograph of drawing.
Vol. 1p. 51#232.123
"Cor Kingston & Summer St," 1857
Vol. 1p. 52#232.124
"Trinity," 1857
Vol. 1p. 53#232.125
"Tremont St Between Mason, & West Streets," 1857
Vol. 1p. 54#232.126
"State St," 1870
Vol. 1p. 55#232.127
"State Street," 1888
Vol. 1p. 56#232.128
"Summer St," 1857
Vol. 1p. 57#232.129
"Tremont Street looking North from Warrington St.," 1869
Vol. 1p. 58#232.130
"Friend St old house 'The last of Gardens,'" 1859
Vol. 1#232.131
Unidentified house, undated

Loose photograph at end of album. Torn.

B. Carte-de-visite album, ca. 1860-1885

15 photographs

This album consists primarily of photographs of Mixter and Galloupe family members, including 4 photographs of Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter at different ages. Some pages are blank, and captions are written in various hands. Included are photographs by Black & Batchelder, Case & Getchell, Silsbee, Case & Co., and John Adams Whipple, all of Boston, Mass.; D. W. Bowdoin of Salem, Mass.; and Le Jeune of Paris, France.

Box 3Vol. 2p. 1#232.132
Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926), [ca. 1865]Photographer unknown.
Box 3Vol. 2p. 2#232.133
Mixter, Wilhelmina (Galloupe) (1858-1925), [ca. 1863]Photographer unknown.

Caption: "Portrait owned by E. Mixter Ballantine."

Box 3Vol. 2p. 3#232.134
Mixter, Wilhelmina (Galloupe) (1858-1925), [ca. 1861]Photographer unknown.
Box 3Vol. 2p. 4#232.135
Mixter, Wilhelmina (Galloupe) (1858-1925), [ca. 1865]Photographer unknown.
Box 3Vol. 2p. 5#232.136
Mixter, Wilhelmina (Galloupe) (1858-1925), [ca. 1875]Taken by Richardson (Boston, Mass.).
Box 3Vol. 2p. 6
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 2p. 7#232.137
[Galloupe, Sarah Foster (Odell) (1831-1903)], [ca. 1860-1865]Photographer unknown.

Caption: "Aunt Sarah Galoupe."

Sarah Foster (Odell) Galloupe was the aunt of Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter. The subject may also be Sarah Kittredge (Galloupe) Morton Hunt (1849-1910), Wilhelmina Mixter's sister.

Box 3Vol. 2p. 8#232.138
Appleton, Helen Kortright (Mixter) (1864-), [ca. 1880-1885]Photographer unknown.

Helen Kortright (Mixter) Appleton was the daughter of Charles Mixter (1811-1873).

Box 3Vol. 2p. 9
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 2p. 10#232.139
Galloupe, Sarah Augusta (Kittredge) (1827-1904), undatedTaken by Silsbee, Case & Co. (Boston, Mass.).

Inscription on verso: "Original taken / about the date of / her marriage / Apr. 13. 1848."

Box 3Vol. 2p. 11#232.140
Galloupe, Charles William (1825-1903), [ca. 1865-1870]Taken by Case & Getchell (Boston, Mass.).
Box 3Vol. 2p. 12
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 2p. 13#232.141
Kittredge, Augusta (Smith) (-1874), [ca. 1865-1870]Taken by John A. Whipple (Boston, Mass.).

Augusta (Smith) Kittredge was the maternal grandmother of Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter.

Box 3Vol. 2p. 14
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 2p. 15#232.142
Unidentified man with dog, undatedTaken by D. W. Bowdoin (Salem, Mass.).
Box 3Vol. 2p. 16
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 2p. 17#232.143
Mixter, George (1842-1910), 1861Taken by Warren (Cambridgeport, Mass.).
Box 3Vol. 2p. 18
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 2p. 19#232.144
Mixter, Frances Louisa (Curtis) (1823-1873), [ca. 1872]Taken by Le Jeune (Paris, France).

This photograph may have been taken at the same time as Photo. #232.35.

Frances Louisa (Curtis) Mixter was the wife of Charles Mixter (1811-1873).

Box 3Vol. 2p. 20
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 2p. 21#232.145
Mixter, Madeline Curtis (1856-1915), [ca. 1862-1863]Taken by Black & Batchelder (Boston, Mass.).

Madeline Curtis Mixter was the daughter of Charles Mixter (1811-1873).

Box 3Vol. 2p. 22
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 2p. 23#232.146
Ruggles, Anson (1783-1881), [ca. 1860-1865]Photographer unknown.

Anson Ruggles was the father of Mary (Ruggles) Mixter.

C. Minette album, [ca. 1870-1875]

14 photographs

This small album contains photographs of 13 girls, probably friends or classmates of Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter, who wrote captions identifying the girls and whose photograph probably appeared on page 9. All of the photographs were taken by unknown photographers, and the verso of one reads: "Photograph and Minette Rooms, No. 22 Winter Street, Boston."

Box 3Vol. 3p. 1#232.147
"Grace Treadwell"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 2#232.148
"Maude Abbot"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 3#232.149
"Maude Abbot"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 4#232.150
"Bowles?"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 5#232.151
"Dora Russell"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 6#232.152
"Cora Hogg"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 7#232.153
Unidentified girl
Box 3Vol. 3p. 8#232.154
"Minnie Russell"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 9
[no photograph; caption: "W. G."]
Box 3Vol. 3p. 10
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 3p. 11#232.155
"Mary Miles"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 12
[no photograph]
Box 3Vol. 3p. 13#232.156
"Kitty Thompson"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 14#232.157
"Maggie Stackpole"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 15#232.158
"Kitty Jeninson"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 16#232.159
"Nell Russell"
Box 3Vol. 3p. 17#232.160
"Lily Davis"

D. Miniatures album, [1860s-1870s]

This album contains 80 miniature tintype photographs of various unidentified men, women, and children, taken by unknown photographers. The cover of the album is engraved with the initials "M.A.M.," so it likely belonged to Mary Ann Mixter. The last photograph (Photo. #232.240) depicts a young African-American boy.

Box 3Vol. 4#232.161-240
80 tintypes (4 per page)

E. Miniatures album, [1860s-1870s]

This album contains 24 miniature tintype photographs of various unidentified men, women, and children, taken by unknown photographers.

Box 3Vol. 5#232.241-264
24 tintypes (1 per page)

IV. Glass plate negatives, [ca. 1887-1888]

13 negatives

This series consists of 13 glass plate negatives by unknown photographers, primarily depicting Samuel Jason Mixter, Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter, William Jason Mixter, and Charles Galloupe Mixter. Most of the photographs were probably taken at the Mixter family farm in Hardwick, Mass.

Arranged alphabetically.

NOTE: Glass plate negatives and lantern slides of any size are not available for research use. Copy photographs or scans may be available for alternative viewing. Consult the Reference Librarian for more information.

#6.15.1S#232.265
[Mixter, Mary (Ruggles) (1818-1904)] in front of house, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.2S#232.266
[Mixter, Mary (Ruggles) (1818-1904)] on porch, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.3S#232.267
[Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926)] with dog, horses, and carriage in front of house, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.4S#232.268
[Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926), Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter (1858-1925), and Charles Galloupe Mixter (1882-1965)] with dog, horse, and carriage, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.5S#232.269
[Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926), Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter (1858-1925), and Charles Galloupe Mixter (1882-1965)] with dog, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.6S#232.270
[Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926), William Jason Mixter (1880-1958), and Charles Galloupe Mixter (1882-1965)] with dogs, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.7S#232.271
[Mixter, Samuel Jason (1855-1926), William Jason Mixter (1880-1958), and Charles Galloupe Mixter (1882-1965)] with dogs, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.8S#232.272
[Mixter, William Jason (1880-1958) and Charles Galloupe Mixter (1882-1965)] on carriage, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.9S#232.273
[Mixter, William Jason (1880-1958) and Charles Galloupe Mixter (1882-1965)] with dog, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.10S#232.274
Group of men and women, some holding fish, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.11S#232.275
Two children, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.12S#232.276
Farmhouse, [ca. 1887-1888]
#6.15.13S#232.277
Farmhouse, [ca. 1887-1888]

Preferred Citation

Fay-Mixter family photographs, Photo. Coll. 232, Massachusetts Historical Society Photo Archives.

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:

Bowdoin, David W., 1816-1885, photographer.
Fay, Elizabeth Elliot Spooner, 1851-1945--Photographs.
Fay, Joseph Story, 1812-1897--Photographs.
Fay family--Photographs.
Galloupe family--Photographs.
Le Jeune, photographer.
Mixter, Mary Ruggles, 1818-1904--Photographs.
Mixter, Samuel Jason, 1855-1926--Photographs.
Mixter, Wilhelmina Galloupe, 1858-1925--Photographs.
Mixter family--Photographs.
Spooner, Daniel Nicholson, 1819-1869--Photographs.
Spooner, Samuel Nicholson, 1848-1861--Photographs.
Spooner family--Photographs.
Whipple, John Adams, 1822-1891, photographer.

Organizations:

Allen & Rowell (Boston, Mass.), photographers.

Subjects:

Ambrotypes.
Boston (Mass.)--Photographs.
Cabinet photographs.
Card photograph albums.
Cartes de visite.
Children--Photographs.
Daguerreotypes.
Glass plate negatives.
Men--Photographs.
Photograph albums.
Photograph cases.
Tintypes.
Women--Photographs.