59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Colonial Inn Records, 1919-1921

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum
Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call NumberRU 467
Creator - CollectorChirgwin, Thomas H., 1866-1940
TitleColonial Inn records
Date [inclusive]1919-1921
Extent1 box (0.252 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection consists of invoices and cancelled checks kept by Thomas Chirgwin, proprietor of the Colonial Inn on North Water Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions to access.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 467, Colonial Inn Records.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Philip Fleischman in 2012 (Accession no. 2012.084).

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joyce Cooper in October 2014 with assistance from Lara J. Ullman. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in November 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Invoices

Geographic Name(s)

  • Edgartown (Mass.)


  • Accounting

Biography/Historical Note

Thomas H. Chirgwin (1866-1940) is the son of Thomas H. Chirguin, a mariner from Falmouth, England, and Ann Jane Cleveland. He was born in 1866 in Edgartown, Massachusetts, and lived there until his death in 1940. Chirgwin married Lisa Schutz (1874- ) of Luxembourg in Edgartown in 1897. The couple had 5 children Ruth Ann, Fred H, Eunice, Helen, and Thomas H. In 1911 they started the Colonial Inn on North Water Street in Edgartown.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of invoices and canceled checks belonging to Thomas H. Chirgwin when he was the proprietor of the Colonial Inn. The letter concerns an industrial accident involving a Mary Alice Bicknell. The notebook at the end of the collection contains both personal and business accounts including accounting lists, several pages of what appear to be a history assignment by Thomas' son Fred, and a draft of a letter from Thomas' daughter Helen to Aunt Abbie.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Collection Inventory


Invoices A-F, 1919-1920  


Invoices G, 1919-1921 


Invoices H-S, 1919-1921 


Invoices T-Z, 1918-1921  


Cancelled checks, 1919 June-July 


Cancelled checks, 1919 August-September 


Letter, 1920 January 


Notebook, 1917-1919