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Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-16

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Emily Fuller Drew's research and writing about the history of the Town of Kingston. Notes, published and unpublished essays, transcripts of talks, typescripts. About people, houses, mills, land transactions, businesses, roads. Sketch maps, often linked to book and page numbers for deeds in the Plymouth, MA, Registry of Deeds and to genealogical information about Kingston residents. Photographs, both prints and negatives. Artifacts, including Drew's 1911 typewriter.


  • 1889-1950
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1950

Biographical / Historical

Historian and photographer Emily Fuller Drew is most remembered for the enormous amount of work she contributed to preserving the history of the town of Kingston, Massachusetts. Leaving an unsurpassed collection of more than 700 lanternslides, she photographed existing images that were decaying to preserve the informational content. Emily also photographed a variety of houses, buildings, events, and people of Kingston. Kingston history was a passion for Emily and she recorded it not only visually, but also in her numerous unpublished essays and notes. She gave frequent talks on behalf of the historical committee of the Jones River Village Club, was an important part of the process to obtain and restore the Bradford House and an author in her own right, publishing in 1926 “A History of Her Industries.”

Emily was born in 1881 in Kingston, the only daughter of Harriet Holmes and Charles H. Drew. She graduated from Kingston High School and went on to further her education graduating from Smith College. Emily worked as a teacher for Kingston High and for the high school in Essex, New Hampshire. Though she had the education and knowledge to teach, feeling that she couldn’t connect to the students, she soon gave up her teaching career.

Emily’s next career move was to become the bookkeeper for the C. Drew and Company, the family business, famous throughout the country for its fine quality tools. From this point on she remained in Kingston for the remainder of her life. Her love of history – and there is much of it in Kingston – drove her passion for recording and writing Kingston history. Emily also well known for her gardening skills, and often grew enough to supply her neighbors with the surplus. She was the driving force behind the purchase of the Major John Bradford House, initially using her own money for the purchase and later being reimbursed by the Jones River Village Club. Without her constant efforts much of Kingston history would today be forever lost.


4 boxes (Boxes 1 - 4 contain mostly texts, processed prior to 2007. ) : Document boxes.

7 boxes (Boxes 10 - 16 (formerly labeled EFD Photo boxes A - G) contain photographic prints and negatives.) : Negative boxes

5 boxes (Boxes 5 - 9 contain unprocessed accessions of Emily Fuller Drew papers and photographs, and Drew, Neal, and Stearn family materials. ) : Mixed sizes

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