As of 8/8/22, face masks are required for all visitors ONLY in the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, otherwise known as the House of the Seven Gables, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in our other buildings or on the grounds. All purchases are NON-REFUNDABLE. Advance tickets are suggested. 

Collections & Archives

OVERVIEW

The House of the Seven Gables has a rich collection of objects and archival material from the late 1600s to the present. Our collection particularly focuses on the people who have lived and worked at the site, the history of the buildings and grounds, our founder Caroline Emmerton, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life, family and work, and the Settlement Association founded here in 1910 to support the immigrant communities living in the neighborhood.

ARCHIVAL COLLECTION

In 2020 The Gables received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funding supported an inventory process, improvements to storage, and digitization for select segments of our historic archives.

The archival collection includes:

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne papers related to his life, work and family.
  • Caroline Emmerton papers related to the site and the Settlement Association she founded here.
  • Family papers — papers relating to the families who occupied the buildings owned by The House of the Seven Gables throughout their histories (late 1600s to early 1900s).
  • Settlement Association papers — materials related to the history and operation of the Settlement Association.
  • Book collection — including first edition Hawthorne works, books owned by Susannah Ingersoll, and many others.
  • Photographs/oral histories/slides/films relevant to the site and its history.
  • Postcards
  • Institutional records — papers related to the operations and institutional history of the museum, property and store.
Attributed to Frank C Grace

OBJECT COLLECTION

Our object collection includes excellent examples of decorative arts including furnishings, paintings, prints and more. This collection reflects over 350 years of history. Many fine objects are on exhibit and rotated with others from our collections storage.

Coming Soon!

DONATIONS

The House of Seven Gables Settlement Association welcomes offers of donations to our collections and is grateful to be considered by donors. All gifts to our collections and archives must first be approved by the collections manager who will provide the donor with legally mandated paperwork to be completed prior to receipt of the material.

The Museum has limited storage, so is only able to accept items related to: the families that have lived and worked here; the site and buildings; the Derby Street neighborhood and associated Settlement work; and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work, life and family.

Please do not send or leave donations without first contacting Collections Manager Susan Baker at sbaker@7gables.org.

If you wish to use or reproduce materials from the collections or archives for any reason, please contact Holly Watson, Marketing Department, at hwatson@7gables.org, who will inform you if there are any restrictions on a case-by-case basis.