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Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Tisbury, England Collection

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard MuseumGale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 469
TitleTisbury, England collection
Date1925-1997, undated
Extent1 box (0.504 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection consists of correspondence, guidebooks, newspaper clippings, notes, postcards, and publications concerning Tisbury, England and its connection to Tisbury, 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 museum staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 469, Tisbury, England Collection.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Weston Howland in 1952 (Accession no. 1952.054). Gift of Thomas Davis in 1985 (Accession no. 1985.063). Gift of Richard Forster in 1985 (Accession no. 1985.066). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Block in 1987 (Accession no. 1987.068). Gift of Mrs. J. Derek Seely (Accession no. 1992.091). Gift of Sydna White (Accession no. 1993.026). The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession for the rest of the material is unknown.


"Brief History of Tisbury." Tisbury History Society. Accessed June 4, 2014. http://www.tisburyhistory.co.uk/brief.html.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Lara J. Ullman in June 2014. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick, July 2014.

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

Related Materials

Related Material

See also, Photograph Archive.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • St. John the Baptist (Church : Tisbury, England)
  • Tisbury History Society


  • Booklets
  • Correspondence
  • Guidebooks
  • Photographic postcards
  • Postcards
  • Publications

Geographic Name(s)

  • Chilmark (England)
  • Tisbury (England)
  • Tisbury (Mass. : Town)


  • Tisbury (Wiltshire, England)--Guidebooks
  • Tisbury (England)--History
  • Tisbury (Mass.)--History

Biography/Historical Note

Tisbury is an English village situated in the Nadder Valley, in the county of Wiltshire. Born and raised in Tisbury, Thomas Mayhew (1593-1682) purchased the development rights for Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. He and his family established the first English settlement on Martha's Vineyard as well as the townships of Tisbury and Chilmark, both named after villages in England.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of various donations of material relating to Tisbury, England. It includes correspondence, guidebooks, newspaper clippings, notes, photographic and regular postcards, and publications. Accession numbers for traceable donations are written on the folders.


The collection is arranged by type of material (correspondence, guidebooks, newspaper clippings, notes, postcards, and publications) and therein alphabetically. Material about Chilmark, England and West Tisbury, England can be found at the end of the box.

Collection Inventory


Correspondence between H. Franklin Norton and Marshall Shepard, 1925 August 1-1925 August 13 


Correspondence between William and Sophie Block and Ralph and Catherine Jackson, 1976-1982 


Correspondence between William Block and John Longley, 1980 October 15-1980 October 17 


Davis, Eileen, Ralph Jackson, and Roy McGrath. "Looking Around Tisbury." Tisbury Local History Society, n.d., circa 1980 


Davis, Eileen, Ralph Jackson, and Roy McGrath. "Looking Around Tisbury." Somerset: Inkwell Design & Print, 1984., 1984 


Jackson, Ralph Harold. "A History of the Parish Church, St. John the Baptist, Tisbury." N.p. : n.p., 1979., 1979 


Jackson, Ralph Harold. "A History of the Parish Church, St. John the Baptist, Tisbury." N.p. : el Alamein Forces Press, 1986., 1986 


"The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Tisbury: History and Guide." Ramsgate: The Church Publishers, n.d., undated 


Tisbury Parish Church Guidebook, undated 


"Tisbury, Wiltshire, The Official Guide Issued by Authority of the Tisbury Parish Council." Croydon: The Home Publishing Co., n.d., undated 


Material about Tisbury and Chilmark (England and Massachusetts), undated 


Newspaper Clippings, 1955, 1985, 1997, undated 


Newspaper Clippings, 1979-1985, undated 


Notes about The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Tisbury and its connection to Martha's Vineyard, undated 


Postcards, 1980, undated 


Drury, Jill and Peter Drury. "A Tisbury History." Tisbury, Wiltshire: Tisbury Books, 1980., 1980 


"John Lockwood Kipling and Alice, His Wife, at Tisbury, Wiltshire." by R. H. Jackson, 1980 


Mould, Kathleen. "Reflections: Childhood Memories and Happenings From My Younger Days in Tisbury." N.p. : n.p., 1982., 1982 


The Sarum Gazette and Diocesan News, 1956 June 


"Some Fragments Relative to the Early History of this Church" by R. H. Jackson, 1975 June 22 


Tisbury Team Newsletter, 1980 August 31 


Material about The Parish Church of St. Margaret of Antioch, Chilmark, England, 1975, 1980 


"Some Glimpses of the West Tisbury Story" by R. H. Jackson, 1975 March