New Collection Available: Charles L. Patterson Family Papers, 1899?-1993?

CLPatterson.jpgThe Lawrence History Center is proud to announce that we have another new collection available for research. The Charles L. Patterson Family Papers, 1899?-1993? focus on the life of Charles L. Patterson (seen on the right), a native of Lawrence who moved to Ilion, New York and then Bridgeport, Connecticut. The collection details his early life in Lawrence, including his high school graduation and participation in the Grecian Lodge (Freemasons), as well as his later years working as an accountant. The records include obituaries, marriage announcements, photographs, and certificates directly related to Charles L. Patterson and his immediate family, as well as an extensive genealogy tracing members of the Patterson family from 1609 to 1993. The genealogy shows that Patterson was a descendant of Abigail and Amos Lawrence, who were extremely important in the founding of Lawrence, Mass. The collection was processed by volunteer Krystal Vezina and archivist Jennifer Williams. Vezina also prepared a family tree using the information in the genealogy. This collection would be fascinating to anyone who is interested in the recreational activities of Lawrencians in the early 20th century, the Lawrence and Patterson families, and the movements of Lawrence natives around the country. If you are interested in this collection, you can find the collection guide and family tree here. You can also view the collection at the Lawrence History Center by making an appointment. Please contact us at 978-686-9230 or


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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.