Archives Blog

Welcome to Woburn Public Library’s new Glennon Archives blog! This is where we’ll be posting upcoming archival events, highlighting new collections and blogging about all things archival. First, be sure to explore our new Archives website with its enhanced research capability and links to a Collection Guide, finding aids, Online Exhibits and Digital Collections. Utilizing PastPerfect software, Digital Collections provides online access to our museum, manuscript and photograph collections. Whether you want to research an object, read about a manuscript collection or explore random images, Digital Collections connects you with Woburn history and provides easy access to the Glennon Archives’ collections. New records will be added on a regular basis so be sure to check back often.
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The Glennon Archives was awarded a Civil War Preservation grant through the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. This matching grant will fund the preservation and digitization of the Woburn G.A.R. Veterans Photograph Collection, a large framed montage of 95 individual cabinet card photographic portraits of Woburn G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) veterans. The collection is believed to have been created c. 1890, for G.A.R. Post 161 in Woburn, whose records are also at the library. The photos provide the only known image of many of these veterans. The collection includes portraits of veterans who served in all three of the Woburn Civil War regiments, the 5th Massachusetts Regiment, Company G (Woburn Mechanic Phalanx), the 22nd Massachusetts Regiment (Woburn Union Guard), and the 39th Regiment, Company K (Woburn National Rangers), along with portraits of Woburn veterans who served in other Massachusetts regiments. Once work is complete, a digital copy of each veteran’s portrait will be added to Digital Collections along with data on the veteran’s military record.
We recently received the donation of a very fine carte-de-visite album from a patron. The album, dated 1863, belonged to Joseph Henry Linnell, a Woburn leather manufacturer. Linnell served as a private in the 5th Massachusetts Regiment Company G (Woburn Mechanic Phalanx), enlisting on August 23, 1862 and mustering out on July 2, 1863. The album is full of photographic portraits of Woburnites, many of whom are identified. Some of the family names in the portraits include Grammar, Pollard, Pollock, Tay and Wood. There are also a couple of portraits of Woburn Civil War soldiers. The album is in beautiful condition with a hand tooled leather binding, ornate clasps and gilt edges. Many of the portrait subjects are identified, which is important for research purposes. Once processed, these images will be accessible for viewing in Digital Collections.