The most substantial, and arguably most
important, materials in the Worthen Collection are hundreds of document
folders containing thousands of individual items: research notes,
manuscripts, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, letters, and items such as
tickets, programs, postcards, flyers, invitations, brochures, and receipts.
Dates for the materials range from the 1720s to the 1970s.
Organized into 42 numbered series, the Documents collection includes
materials on American history, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, April
19th and other celebrations, Lexington's historic properties and monuments,
neighborhoods and areas, families and individuals, religious, social and
civic organizations, schools and businesses, socio-economic conditions,
politics and town government, and infrastructure and transportation. The
materials also include items about the colonial and revolutionary periods,
as well as some primary source documents from the colonial and
Thorough researchers and prolific writers, the Worthens not only collected
materials but also created them. They wrote and published monographs,
articles and letters to the editor; gave talks to a variety of audiences;
and participated in numerous civic and social organizations. These activities
are well-documented; for example, the collection includes the research
materials that were compiled for writing published and unpublished
manuscripts, letters to the editor, newspaper columns and stories, and
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