Broad/Brown/Gaskill Family Collection

Broad/Brown/Gaskill Family Collection, 1827-1950, undated



Abstract


The Broad/Brown/Gaskill Family Collection contains photographs, school notebooks, postcards, and other papers. Family members represented in the collection include Edwin Gaskill, Parsons Broad, Anna Broad, and Florence Jones Gaskill.

Biographical Note



Edwin F. Gaskill was born on February 3, 1882 in Kansas. He was an assistant agriculturalist at Massachusetts Agricultural College. He was married to Florence Jones, who was born on October 23, 1887 in Pennsylvania. Her family was originally from Amherst, Massachusetts. Her mother was Lessie Estelle Brown (1864-1929) and her father was Elisha Adams Jones (1858-1936).

Lessie Brown's parents were Mary Jane "Jennie" Broad (1839-1907) and Perez R. Brown (1840-1925) and her aunt was Anna M. Broad (1855-1921). Anna Broad never married and lived with her brother, Warren R. Broad, on Amherst Road in Leverett, Massachusetts. Mary Jane's and Anna's parents were Parsons Broad (1811-1866) and Miriam Fairbanks Reed (1815-1903).

Please note: Those persons whose names appear for the first time in bold are represented in the collection.

Scope and Content



This collection contains materials related to the Broad, Brown, and Gaskill families. Included in the collection are Parsons Broad's composition books, an Abel Brown family reunion book kept by Perez R. Brown, papers and notebooks of Edwin Gaskill, and many photographs, mostly unidentified. The collection also contains numerous postcards belonging to Edwin Gaskill, Anna Broad, and Florence Jones Gaskill. Some materials relate to the Massachusetts Agricultural College, where Edwin Gaskill worked.

Extent


1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)

Access Restrictions


This collection is open for research.

Provenance‚Äč



This collection was transferred from the Amherst Historical Society in 2015 where it was found on the doorsteps.

Preferred Citation


Broad/Brown/Gaskill Family Collection, Special Collections, Jones Library, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Processing information


This collection was processed by Cynthia Harbeson in 2017.

Related Materials


Broad, Anna - Diaries
Broad, Warren - Account Books
Broad, Warren - Diaries
Broad family - Photographs
Brown, Mary Broad - Diaries
Gaskill, Edwin F. - Correspondence
Gaskill, Edwin and Florence - Greeting Cards
Gaskill, Florence Jones (Correspondence)

Arrangement


The collection is organized into folders based on content and then the folders are arranged roughly chronologically by family member.

Collection Inventory


Box Folder Title/Description Date
1
1
Parsons Broad composition books
1827
1
2
Abel Brown family reunion book
1898-1906
1
3
Anna Broad postcard book
1907-1911
1
4
Lessie Brown report card
undated
1
5
Florence Jones postcards
1908
1
6
Edwin Gaskill papers
1905-1950
1
7
Edwin Gaskill Geometry notebook
undated
1
8
Edwin Gaskill postcard book
1905-1906
2
1
Paul Thomas French Memorial book
circa 1898
2
2
Brown family photographs
undated
2
3
C.R. Kenfield photographs
undated
2
4
Massachusetts Agricultural College student photographs
1906
2
5
Photographs (identified)
1901-1905, undated
2
6
Photographs (unidentified)
undated
2
7
Massachusetts Agricultural College calendar
1908
2
8
Postcards and Advertisements
undated