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Brooks, Burt V.

Burt V. Brooks Photograph Collection, 1889-1934.

3 boxes (1.5 linear feet).
Call no.: PH 060

The artist Burt Vernon Brooks was one of the outstanding chroniclers of daily life in the Swift River Valley before it was inundated to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Born in Brimfield, Mass., in 1849 and raised in Monson, Brooks moved to Greenwich with his family in the 1870s, where he worked on the family farm. At some unclear point before he turned 40, Brooks became active as an artist, painting local homes and scenery and taking photographs of the landscape, residents, and daily life in the Quabbin region. A prolific photographer, he was, in the words of historian Donald W. Howe, “hardly ever seen without his camera strapped to his back,” remaining active for decades. Three years after following his second wife to the west, Brooks died in Los Angeles in 1934.

The great majority of the 92 photographs in this collection are 5×7″ dry plate glass negatives taken by Brooks in the earliest years of the twentieth century, documenting the houses and people of Greenwich. Brooks’ work includes landscapes, houses, and a significant series of images of the Hillside School, but some of his best works are studio portraits, images of people at home or with their carriages, and posed scenes of children at play or at work. The collection also includes eight images by Brooks at Enfield, Greenwich, and Dana that are the property of the Swift River Valley Historical Society, and six images taken by Chetwynd and Pike in the Quabbin region to document properties slated for removal.

Background on Burt V. Brooks

Burt Vernon Brooks left a remarkable visual record of daily life in the Swift River Valley, Massachusetts, in the years before it was inundated to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Born in Brimfield on May 22, 1849, the son of Benjamin (1813-1888) and Charlotte Emerson Brooks (1813-1895), Burt was raised in a home perched on the lower rungs of the economic ladder. His father, a farm laborer and later farmer, never acquired significant taxable property, even by the standards of his poor neighbors, and the family’s fortunes improved little after they relocated from Monson, where they had been living, to the Swift River Valley town of Greenwich in the 1870s.

Whether in spite of poverty, or because of it, family became a center of Brooks’ life, and he never strayed far from his parents or four siblings, living with his parents until well into his forties, only separating from them when his mother died. Both of Brooks’s brothers died young: Abner Shaw Brooks (1841-1863) was just 22 when he was killed in action during the Civil War as a member of the 25th Connecticut Infantry, falling in the Battle of Irish Bend, while a younger brother, Orson Francis Brooks, was even less fortunate, dying at the age of six on Aug. 12, 1857.

The tragic fate of the Brooks brothers were not visited upon the sisters. Anna Mariah (1837-1904), the eldest of the siblings, traveled the furthest afield of them all. Marrying a shoemaker, T. Walter Deming (1832-1885) in 1852, she moved away from home, though barely, settling nearby in the town of Palmer. Her younger sister Martha Jane (1838-1912) was married twice: first to Miner King, with whom she had two children, and then, in 1876, to a carpenter and English immigrant, William H. Fewell. Until her parents’ deaths, Martha remained at home: she, her husband, and sons William (who died young) and Edgar, lived with or next door to Burt for over thirty years. Even in death, the family remained close. Most of the family’s graves were removed together from Greenwich when the Swift River Valley was flooded and reinterred in Walter Deming’s family lot in Monson’s Moulton Hill Cemetery. There Abner and Orson share a single stone, as do Anna and Walter, whose stone is inscribed with the Spiritualist motto “passed to spirit life.”

Burt Brooks married twice, relatively late in life, and both of his marriages were to much younger women. At the age of 34, he married Gertrude F. Childs (1868-1907), a dressmaker from Dana who was nearly twenty years his junior, and in September 1913, he married Ina Amelia Gamwell (1883-1983), who was nearly 35 years younger. Neither marriage resulted in children. Beyond these simple facts of family, however, many details of Brooks’ life remain unclear. Although listed as a farm laborer in the 1880 census, he and his family found income where they could, including taking in boarders to their crowded house. In 1880, they boarded Rispah Chamberlain Powers (1803-1883), an elderly widow who was deemed “demented” (and who had formerly been an inmate at the state asylum in Worcester). Forty years later, three young girls were listed as living in the Brooks home, apparently orphans or abandoned children, one of whom was later recorded residing at the Lancaster State Industrial School.

Flexibility in making ends meet was a necessary part of a poor person’s life, of course, but Brooks stood out for pursuing an unusual occupation, not typically associated with life in a small rural town: art. Precisely when he took an interest in the subject or whether, how, or with whom he trained remains unknown, but by the age of forty, Brooks was making money from his talents, and by 1900, he listed himself regularly as a painter — or sometimes a landscape painter. His first artistic job probably predated 1887, when the Greenwich Selectmen paid him $35 to produce a map of town, and there are suggestions that Brooks may have taken up photography by the same time. Twenty years later, he was thanked in the town’s annual report for presenting “pictures” of the town’s schoolhouses, church, and two villages to the local library, and at least some of his surviving photographs can confidently be dated to prior to the turn of the century.

As both painter and photographer, Brooks was known for fairly straightforward depictions of the landscape and buildings of Greenwich, but he ranged as well into posed “genre” scenes and studio and family portraits. In his history Quabbin: The Lost Valley, Donald Howe recalled that Brooks cut a striking figure in town, with his high starched collar, bowler hat, and full beard, and that he was “hardly ever seen without his camera strapped to his back.” The eccentric artist, Howe records, painted his own coffin during a “violent” flu epidemic, adorning it with scenes from life in Greenwich.

Brooks remained active as an artist well into his 70s, but by the time of the census of 1930, the 80 year old was living alone in a rooming house in Springfield, his wife Ina having moved to Los Angeles. In that census, Burt listed himself as married, while Ina, living with a lodger named John Finch, indicated she was divorced. Whatever the circumstances, Burt reportedly followed Ina to Los Angeles in the following year, toting his painted coffin with him, and he died there on April 24, 1934. Despite his wishes to be buried in his coffin, he was cremated, and the ashes were returned to Greenwich. He shares a stone with his first wife, though his own death date was never inscribed. Ina eventually married a chauffeur, Frederick Weston Finch, and lived in northern California until her death in 1983 at the age of 99.

Contents of Collection

The photographs in the Brooks collection represent a significant assemblage of works by one of the most important chroniclers of the Swift River Valley. The heart of the collection consists of 75 glass plate negatives, all but one of which is 5×7″, representing the full range of Brooks’ work between ca.1899 and 1920, from scenic views of Greenwich Plain and Mount Pomeroy to images of the Hillside School and its students, houses and families in Greenwich, portraits of Brooks’ relatives, and careful genre images depicting children at play and people at work. Added to the collection are six negatives on flexible stock: one of these (depicting an old fire engine in Enfield, Mass.) may be by Brooks, however the rest were taken by Chetwynd or Pike to document buildings in the Quabbin towns that were slated for removal. Eight other 5×7″ glass plate negatives, all apparently by Brooks, are included in digital form only: the original glass plates are held by the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem.

Although none of Brooks’ images is clearly dated, a few contain internal clues that set temporal boundaries: an image of a man in Enfield reading a broadside can be affirmatively dated to 1889 based on a calendar in the background; the image of the infant Elizabeth Adaline Edwards must have been taken shortly after her birth in 1899; and the photograph of Clarence and Marion Hall was taken at their wedding on Sept. 6, 1920. We have assigned an approximate date of 1910 for all images in which internal clues are lacking, although the range of dates is surely wider.

For the purposes of the finding aid, we have arranged the photographs in three broad groupings — images by Brooks, images by other photographers documenting the Swift River Valley prior to its removal, and images owned by the Swift River Valley Historical Society. The Brooks photographs are in turn organized somewhat arbitrarily by category:

  • Enfield
  • Landscape and scenery in Greenwich
  • Homes and their residents, Greenwich
  • Daily life in Greenwich
  • Hillside School (founded in Greenwich in 1902 and later relocated to Marlborough)
  • Portraits from Greenwich

In most cases, we have retained the numbering system used by the donors of the images, assigning numbers at the end of the sequence for which they had not accounted or for images where they had assigned duplicate numbers. The collection includes two images for which there are second, slightly variant negatives: nos. 19and 19b and 62 and 62b.

Collection inventory
Burt Brooks images at UMass Amherst Special Collections and University Archives
ca.1889-1925
78 items
Enfield (Mass.)
ca.1889-1925
2 images
Brooks, Burt V.?, Man reading a broadside (Enfield, Mass.)
ca.1889 Aug.
10 x 12.5 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 77)

Man seated in the general store, Enfield, reading a broadside for a New York and New England Railroad excursion to Boston and Nantasket Beach. Photo may not be by Brooks.

Man reading a broadside (Enfield, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Demonstration of Old Stanmer fire pump (Enfield, Mass.)
ca.1925
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Box 3
(no. 83)

Small crowd gathered around a demonstration of the antique Stanmer fire engine.

Demonstration of Old Stanmer fire pump (Enfield, Mass.)

Landscape and scenery (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
7 images
Brooks, Burt V., Middle Branch of Swift River, near the south end of Mount Pomeroy (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 4)

View of the Middle Branch of the Swift River as it passes by the base of Mt. Pomeroy.

Middle Branch of Swift River, near the south end of Mount Pomeroy (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Panorama looking north from the area of Greenwich Lake (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 5)

Panoramic view of Swift River Valley.

Panorama looking north from the area of Greenwich Lake (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Greenwich Plain looking west, with Brooks homestead in center (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 6)

Panoramic view across the Swift River Valley.

Greenwich Plain looking west, with Brooks homestead in center (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Cows, Mount Pomeroy Lane (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 8)

Small herd of dairy cows in pasture, Mt. Pomeroy in background.

Cows, Mount Pomeroy Lane (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Greenwich Plain with grazing cows (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 9)

Small herd of cows in pasture

Greenwich Plain with grazing cows (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Snow scene with frozen-over pond (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 79)

View of snow and frozen-over pond. Possibly Burt Brooks’ house (see similar fence in painting of Brooks house in Howe, Quabbin: the Lost Valley, p.330.

Snow scene with frozen-over pond (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Village street (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 40)

View down lane, with houses on either side.

Village street (Greenwich, Mass.)

Homes and their residents (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
23 images
Brooks, Burt V., Burt V. Brooks standing by line of trenches (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 7)

View of man holding shovel standing adjacent to a long series of trenches

Burt V. Brooks standing by line of trenches (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Mount Pomeroy Lane southwest, Edgar Fewell’s house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 10)

Small, well-tended Cape Cod house, home of Edgar Fewell (son of Brooks’ brother-in-law). Note: the house is the same as depicted in image 41.

Mount Pomeroy Lane southwest, Edgar Fewell's house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Couple in front of home (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 41)

Man and young relaxing in front of house identified as Edgar O. Fewell’s. Note: the same girl appears in images 11, 14, and 44, and the house is that depicted in image 10.

Couple in front of home (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Young girl in a field (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 11)

Image of young girl in gingham dress stanidng in a field in front of a house — probably that of Ed and Nellie Green. Note: the same girl appears in images 14, 41, and 44.

Young girl in a field (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Horse and buggy in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 12)

Rider, horse and buggy pulled up in front of house — probably the house of Ed and Nellie Green.

Horse and buggy in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Horse and buggy in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 13)

Rider, horse and buggy pulled up in front of house — probably that of Ed and Nellie Green.

Horse and buggy in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Ed and Nellie Green house, Bruce’s Crossing (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 14)

Young girl in gingham dress posed in front of house of Edward S. Green and his wife Nellie L. (Dufraine) Green; railroad crossing sign in foreground. Note: the same girl appears in images 11, 41, and 44.

Horse and buggy in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Henry Brown, Mount Pomeroy in background (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 15)

Family posed by side of house, Mount Pomeroy looming behind.

Henry Brown, Mount Pomeroy in background (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Edgar Fewell’s home, Mount Pomeroy in background (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 22)

Image of horse and buggy pulled up in front of Edgar Fewell’s house.

Edgar Fewell's home, Mount Pomeroy in background (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Boy with crossbow, Edgar Fewell’s home(Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 17)

Young boy with homemade crossbow posed in front of the Fewell house.

Boy with crossbow, Edgar Fewell's home (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Pond behind Edgar Fewell’s home (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 18)

Young woman and children wading in pond, Fewell house in background.

Pond behind Edgar Fewell's home (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Women and horse in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 19)

Group of five women posed in front of house with horse nearby.

Women and horse in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Women and horse in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 19b)

Alternate shot of group of five women posed in front of house with horse nearby.

Women and horse in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Automobile in front of a house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 32)

Automobile with two passengers pulled up in front of house; horse standing nearby.

Automobile in front of a house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Two women in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 23)

Image of an elegant house with unidentified woman standing before front door and young girl perched on a fence nearby.

Two women in front of house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Oscar A. King in his carriage, with horse Mae (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 34)

King, seated in a sporty carriage.

Oscar A. King in his carriage, with horse Mae (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Man in a carriage, with horse, dressed for cold weather (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 35)

Man in carriage wearing a thick coat, parked in front of unidentified house.

Man in a carriage, with horse, dressed for cold weather (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Woman in a carriage, with horse, dressed for cold weather (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 36)

Woman in carriage, halted in a lane.

Woman in a carriage, with horse, dressed for cold weather (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Man and his dog in a wagon (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 37)

Unidentified man with walrus mustache, dog, seated in buckboard wagon.

Man and his dog in a wagon (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Unidentified family and house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 39)

Family (parents and two children?) standing in front of Cape Cod-style house.

Unidentified family and house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., George Loux Sr.’s house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 42)

View of fine house and fields, set among trees.

George Loux Sr.'s house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Interior of house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 43)

Interior of elaborate, but unidentified house.

Interior of house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Women on a porch (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 65)

Four older women seated on a porch, one lying in a hammock

Women on a porch (Greenwich, Mass.)

Daily life in Greenwich
ca.1910-1920
17 images
Brooks, Burt V., Ice sailing on Curtis Pond (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 20)

Two boys on frozen pond with homemade ice sailing craft.

Ice sailing on Curtis Pond (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Cornfield, Mount Pomeroy Lane east (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 21)

Man and woman standing in cornfield with tall stalks.

Cornfield, Mount Pomeroy Lane east (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Clarence and Marion Hall wedding (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1920-09-06
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 16)

Bride and groom posed with maid of honor and best man.

Clarence and Marion Hall wedding (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Rowboat on a pond (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 24)

Two men and two women boating across a pond .

Rowboat on a pond (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Boys swimming in a pond (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 25)

Group of ten boys in bathing suits gathered in pond with two women (teachers?) and a man overseeing them.

Boys swimming in a pond (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Boating on a pond (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 26)

Image of a man rowing two women across a pond.

Boating on a pond (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Couples in a field of boulders (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 27)

Three unidentified couples seated arm-in-arm, barn in background.

Couples in a field of boulders (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Hammock in a stand of birches (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 28)

Image of a hammock strung up in a stand of birch trees, with banjo and woman’s hat nearby

Hammock in a stand of birches (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Man with horse team operating in wood lot (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 38)

Unidentified man standing in wagon, hauling wood.

Man with horse team operating in wood lot (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Checking the mail (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 49)

Portrait of woman standing beside rural mailbox.

Checking the mail (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Washing vegetables at a pump (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 50)

Two women rinsing beets and other vegetables.

Washing vegetables at a (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Boy pulling girl in a toy wagon (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 51)

Young boy in straw hat pulling a girl seated in a toy wagon.

Boy pulling girl in a toy wagon (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Children running down a lane (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 52)

Two boys and three girls running down a dirt road.

Children running down a lane (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Children playing hide and seek (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 53)

Posed scene of seven children playing around a wooden shed.

Children playing hide and seek (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Girls with milk pails (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 55)

Winter scene of two girls with milk pails.

Girls with milk pails (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Woman fishing in a pond (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 56)

Unidentified woman fishing by the side of a pond.

Woman fishing in a pond (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., At the mailbox (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 58)

Woman in fashionable hat, standing beside mailbox; the letters in the mailbox are addressed to Miss Pansy Allen in Palmer, [Mass.].

At the mailbox (Greenwich, Mass.)

Hillside School
ca.1910
9 images
Brooks, Burt V., Hillside School barn and grounds (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 1)

First of three views of the barn and grounds of the Hillside School, founded by Charlotte Drinkwater and Mary Drinkwater Warren on their farm in Greenwich, Massachusetts, as a self-sustaining school for poor and homeless boys.

Hillside School barn and grounds (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Hillside School barn and grounds (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 2)

Second of three views of the barn and grounds of the Hillside School, founded by Charlotte Drinkwater and Mary Drinkwater Warren on their farm in Greenwich, Massachusetts, as a self-sustaining school for poor and homeless boys.

Hillside School barn and grounds (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Hillside School barn and grounds (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 3)

Third of three views of the barn and grounds of the Hillside School, founded by Charlotte Drinkwater and Mary Drinkwater Warren on their farm in Greenwich, Massachusetts, as a self-sustaining school for poor and homeless boys.

Hillside School barn and grounds (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Hillside School dormitory and barn, Mount Pomeroy to the east (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 29)

View of newly planted fields in front of Hillside campus.

Hillside School dormitory and barn, Mount Pomeroy to the east (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Hillside School dormitory (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 30)

View from the side, with barn in background.

Hillside School dormitory (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Hillside School dormitory (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 1
(no. 31)

View from the front, looking onto front porch.

Hillside School dormitory (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Plowing the fields (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 33)

A farmer with two-horse team, plowing a field.

Plowing the fields (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Man plowing the fields at the Hillside School (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 78)

Man plowing fields at Hillside with two horse team.

Man plowing the fields at the Hillside School (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Boys working in a field (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 57)

Group of ten boys (possibly Hillside School?) and supervisors in a field, planting potatoes.

Boys working in a field (Greenwich, Mass.)

Portraits (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1899-1910
19 images
Brooks, Burt V., Frederick E. B. Alden and wife (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 45)

Portrait of couple (tentatively identified as Fred and Elizabeth Alden) standing in front of a barn.

Frederick E. B. Alden and wife (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Young woman and child in a tree (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 46)

Portrait of two girls perched in a tree, possibly the daughters of Fred and Elizabeth Alden (Helen M. and Grace S.).

Young woman and child in a tree (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Young woman in a tree (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 47)

Portrait of young girl perched in a tree, possibly the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Alden (Helen M.).

Young woman in a tree (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Tree house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 48)

Portrait of unidentified woman standing in a treehouse.

Tree house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Emma Billings (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1905
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 59)

Studio portrait of young Emma Billings.

Emma Billings (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Emma and Margaret Billings (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1905
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 60)

Studio portrait of the Billings sisters.

Emma and Margaret Billings (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Boys seated on a hillside (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 62)

Unidentified group of boys

Boys seated on a hillside (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Boys seated on a hillside (Greenwich, Mass.): alternate view
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 62b)

Unidentified group of boys

Boys seated on a hillside (Greenwich, Mass.) : alternate view

Brooks, Burt V., Lilla Childs (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 66)

Portrait of Burt Brooks’ sister-in-law seated in front of a ivy-covered window.

Lilla Childs (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Olive Childs Edwards and infant daughter Elizabeth Adaline (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1899
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 64)

Portrait of Olive Edwards, wife of Charles (also sister of Gertrude Childs, wife of Burt Brooks), with smiling infant. Elizabeth was born Sept. 1898.

Olive Childs Edwards and infant daughter Elizabeth Adaline (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Mother and child (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 72)

Studio portrait of mother, holding a rattle, and her infant.

Mother and child (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Young woman with flowered blouse (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 74)

Studio portrait of young woman in contemplative pose.

Young woman with flowered blouse (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Married couple and their adult daughters (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 70)

Unidentified group, but possibly a couple and five daughters(?).

Married couple and their adult daughters (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Family group (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 63)

Unidentified group of two men, two women, and a dog, with four children (one posed in toy wagon) standing by a house.

Family group (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Young boy in good suit, standing in front of a barn (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 71)

Stiffly-posed boy in Sunday best.

Young boy in good suit (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Unidentified family (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 73)

Posed portrait of family, possibly representing three or four generations.

Unidentified family (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Unidentified children (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 75)

Group of barefoot children posed in doorway to a barn (?), two older girls wearing capes.

Unidentified children (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Young couple, dog, and elderly women seated on steps of a house (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 61)

Unidentified couple, with dog.

Young couple, dog, and elderly women seated on steps of a house (Greenwich, Mass.)

Brooks, Burt V., Young woman with a hat (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1910
12.5 x 17 cm. glass plate negative
Box 2
(no. 44)

Portrait of girl in a gingham dress, seated on a log. Note: the same girl appears in images 11, 14, and 41.

Young woman with hat (Greenwich, Mass.)

Quabbin removal
ca.
Chetwynd, Olean La Plante House (Dana, Mass.)
1928 June 1
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Box 3
(no. 80)

View of house taken for MDWC for survey of Quabbin properties (R-433 #689).

Olean La Plante House (Dana, Mass.)

Chetwynd, Mabelle W. Matthews House (Dana, Mass.)
1928 June 1
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Box 3
(no. 81)

View of rear of house and outbuildings taken for MDWC for survey of Quabbin properties (R-472 #690).

Mabelle W. Matthews House (Dana, Mass.)

Chetwynd, May Dumont Potter (Potter School: Enfield, Mass.)
1928 May 31
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Box 3
(no. 82)

View of school house (R-249 #675).

May Dumont Potter (Potter School: Enfield, Mass.)

Chetwynd, C. G. Russell house (Enfield, Mass.)
1928 Apr. 20
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Box 3
(no. 84)

View of barn with inclined entrance (R-268-31 #602).

C. G. Russell house (Enfield, Mass.)

Pike, William B. Bliss heirs house (New Salem, Mass.)
1934 Dec. 3
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Box 3
(no. 85)

View of house and grounds (R-509 #1887).

William B. Bliss heirs house (New Salem, Mass.)

Kiln on property of Kennedy (Prescott, Mass.)
1930 Jan. 30
12.5 x 18 cm. gelatin silver prints
Box 3
(no. 86)

View of kiln and out-buildings (R-470 #1206).

Kiln of property of Kennedy, (Prescott, Mass.)

Swift River Valley Historical Society images
ca.1920
8 items
Main Street (North Dana, Mass.)
ca.1920
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Location of originals:

Original housed at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem, Mass.

Contents:

View down Main Street, with laundry drying on a line and windmill in background.

Main Street (North Dana, Mass.)

Cemetery (Enfield, Mass.)
ca.1920
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Location of originals:

Original housed at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem, Mass.

Contents:

View of headstones in Enfield Cemetery.

Cemetery (Enfield, Mass.)

Grange Hall (Enfield, Mass.)
ca.1920
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Location of originals:

Original housed at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem, Mass.

Contents:

View of man and dog standing in front of Grange Hall.

Grange Hall (Enfield, Mass.)

Richardson House (Enfield, Mass.)
ca.1920
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Location of originals:

Original housed at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem, Mass.

Contents:

View of house from front.

Richardson House (Enfield, Mass.)

Smith’s Village (Enfield, Mass.)
ca.1920
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Location of originals:

Original housed at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem, Mass.

Contents:

Bird’s eye view of Smith’s Village.

Smith's Village (Enfield, Mass.)

Smith’s Village (Enfield, Mass.)
ca.1920
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Location of originals:

Original housed at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem, Mass.

Contents:

View of pond at Smith’s Village.

Smith's Village (Enfield, Mass.)

Camp Quabbin (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1920
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Location of originals:

Original housed at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem, Mass.

Contents:

View down row of cabins and tents.

Camp Quabbin (Greenwich, Mass.)

Quabbin Lake (Greenwich, Mass.)
ca.1920
12.5 x 17 cm. gelatin silver negative
Location of originals:

Original housed at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, New Salem, Mass.

Contents:

View of a man and canoe beside Quabbin Lake.

Quabbin Lake (Greenwich, Mass.)

Administrative information
Provenance

Gift of Friends of Quabbin through Gene Theroux, Paul Godfrey, and Les Campbell, June 2014.

Bibliography

Howe, Donald W., Quabbin: the Lost Valley. Ware Mass. : Quabbin Book House, 1951. Call no. F72.S94 H6 1951

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, July 2014.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Burt V. Brooks Photograph Collection (PH 060). Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries.

Subjects

  • Agriculture--Massachusetts--Greenwich--Photographs
  • Carriages and carts--Massachusetts--Greenwich--Photographs
  • Children--Massachusetts--Greenwich--Photographs
  • Dana (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Dwellings--Massachusetts--Greenwich--Photographs
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Greenwich (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Hillside School (Marlborough, Mass.)
  • Horses--Massachusetts--Greenwich--Photographs
  • New Salem (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Plowing--Massachusetts--Greenwich--Photographs
  • Prescott (Mass.)--Photographs

Types of material

  • Dry plate gelatin negatives
  • Gelatin silver negatives
  • Photographs
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