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Name Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion
Number of Archive records 16
Number of Library records 82
Number of Object records 10
Number of Photo records 81

Associated Records

MS022 B07 F04 - Ephemera

Two posters advertising the sale of the "Winning Song of Portsmouth Contest by Clara A. Lynn" at Montgomery's Music Store. One poster has a Market Square postcard pasted on upper portion and the other has a postcard of the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion. Newspaper clipping about the song contest Sheet music by Clara A. Lynn

MS083 Box 1 F08 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1892

In this 1892 diary, Gilson lists names of employees at the Wentworth Mansion. Lists clothing he bought for the year and its cost. Chores include pruning trees, shoveling, buying provisions and milk, planting garden, washing and oiling the carriage, driving to the station, raking hay, painting, cooking for the gentlemen, taking care of boats, taking care of children. Sundays he goes to New Castle. Entertainment: games of forty-five and high-low. Names Mrs. Whalen, Dan Brooks, Amory Meloon.

MS083 Box 1 F07 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1890

1890 Josiah P. Gilson diary describes his work at the Wentworth Mansion in Little Harbor. Duties include building morning fires, making beds, sweeping, helping with dinner, getting milk, cleaning lamps, shoveling, getting sap, going to the depot, taking care of the boats, taking care of the stable and horses. April 3 train wreck. Evenings: reads or plays Forty-five. Lists articles of clothing he bought for the year and their prices. Lists pay that he earned at the Wentworth Mansion.

MS083 Box 1 F09 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1893

1893 Josiah Gilson diary is the first diary where he gives his address as the Wentworth Mansion. In it he lists the other employees at the Wentworth Mansion, his pay, his new clothing and its cost. Chores include maintaining the horses and stable, checking the mansion in the winter, painting it, cleaning the brass there, hauling gravel for the road, and harnessing the goat cart for Mollie and Katrine Coolidge. Entertainment: reading, playing high-low Jack, croquet. Other employees: Dan Brooks, Julia Corcoran, Christine McKenna, Kathie Falon, Jennie Gammon, Robert White.

MS083 Box 1 F10 | - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1894

1894 diary of Josiah P. Gilson lists his pay from the Coolidge family, and the clothing he bought for the year with the cost of each item. Repeats the same basic chores as in previous years, with the addition of setting out rose bushes, taking the washwomen to New Castle, pumping wash water, drawing lobster nets, painting the fence. Mentions Dan Brooks.

MS083 Box 2 F17 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1905

Gilson repeats many of the same duties at the Wentworth Mansion that he has done for years. He refers to Frank who he works with but gives no last name. He does not mention the Russian Japanese Peace Conference or any activies surrounding it.

MS083 Box 1 F11 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1897

1897 diary of Josiah P. Gilson records most of the same maintenance chores as in previous diaries. Besides caring for the horses, he lists working on the guest cottage, going to Farmington, beating carpets, collecting eggs (he apparently had a small egg business on the side), applying kerosene to kill lice. Entertainment: pitch (indoor game), a party, having a smoke. Letters to and from Clara. Names Pat Smith, Dan Brooks.

MS083 Box 1 F12 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1898

Describes daily chores and activities around the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion. Gilson was employed by the Coolidge family as a general helper and stable-man. Includes a typed transcription.

MS083 Box 1 F13 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1901

Josiah Gilson repeats many of the chores that he had done in previous years. He also includes: getting the horses shod, driving to the steamer landing, feeding all the animals (horses, hens, cats, dogs, doves, and crows), washing the kitchen floor and closing up the mansion for the winter. Mentions Amory Meloon.

MS083 Box 1 F14 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1902

Josiah P. Gilson describes many of the same chores that he had done in the past. He also mentions working at the hall stable, packing eggs to send to Boston, spreading manure, cutting trees, and checking the mansion, the hall cottage, and the wharf regularly in the winter. He lists his pay for the year. Mentions John Buckley.

MS083 Box 1 F15 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1903

1903 diary of Josiah P. Gilson lists his pay from the Coolidge family, along with his record of routine chores. Additional activities include caring for a flock of hens and selling eggs, feeding other animals including the parrot, grinding the scythe and cutting grass by the boathouse. Entertainment: playing pitch.

MS083 Box 2 F16 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1904

Chronicles his daily routine of caring for the horses, the stable, and the Coolidge house and grounds. Mentions Frank, Clara, Lillian, Mollie. August 12: goes to town to see procession and fireworks.

MS083 Box 2 F18 - Joseph P. Gilson Diary, 1906

Josiah Gilson, caretaker at the Wentworth Mansion, Little Harbor, carries out many of the same chores and duties as in past years, including caring for the horses and his flock of hens. Gives daily weather.

MS083 Box 2 F19 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1907

Josiah Gilson, caretaker at the Wentworth Mansion, Little Harbor, carries out many of the same chores and duties as in past years, including caring for the horses and his flock of hens. Gives daily weather. Mentions needing medicine.

MS083 Box 2 F20 - Josiah P. Gilson Diary, 1908

Gilson repeats many of his same chores and duties,. He also mentions wheeling in the wood and piling it in the barn and banking the house with manure. He complains of hands, legs, and feet hurting. Has the doctor, and people come in to help. Names Walter Whitehouse, Wilbur Chesley.

S0451 - Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, Broadside

Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, broadside advertizing the Gov. Wentworth House as interesting for tourists. Signed by William P. Israel

Image of C07.510 - Portrait of a Unknown Woman

C07.510 - Portrait of a Unknown Woman

A portrait of a lady with a pink flower on bodice in three quarter view showing the right arm and hand. She is wearing a white dress with a pink shawl over the left shoulder and is holding a flower and handkerchief to her breast. In a gilded rectangular frame.

Image of C08.549.3 - Gov. John Wentworth

C08.549.3 - Gov. John Wentworth

Bust length engraving of man in wig and elegant coat; "J. Wentworth/Governor of New Hampshire..." at bottom; in gray-green mat in gold beaded frame. The engraving is a copy of the portrait by John Singleton Copley.

Image of C08.544 - Charles Cushing

C08.544 - Charles Cushing

Portrait of middle-aged balding man with long sideburns; seated in a chair with right arm resting on arm of chair; black suit and stock; in a gold frame with applied floral ornament. Unsigned. A mark on the canvas dates it to having been supplied in Boston 1848-49. In an ornate gilded frame.

Image of C08.545 - Theodore Sheafe Cushing

C08.545 - Theodore Sheafe Cushing

Three-quarter length portrait of young man with dark hair and "mutton-chop" sideburns standing with left hand on hip; right hand is inside black coat; in gold frame with applied floral ornament. A mark on the canvas dates it to Boston 1848-49.