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Town of Bridgewater World War II records

Identifier: BWR-003

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records related to the Town of Bridgewater’s involvement in World War II including correspondence sent by the town to military personnel, records of the Public Safety Committee, two scrapbooks with photographs of individuals in the service, and two scrapbooks with newspaper clippings about individuals in the service.


  • Creation: 1940-1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with Archives & Special Collections staff.

Biographical / Historical

The Public Safety Committee (also referred to as the Bridgewater Committee of Public Safety or the Safety Committee, and before January 1942, it was referred to as the Bridgewater Civilian Committee on Defense, the Bridgewater Civilian Committee on National Defense, the Citizens Defense Committee, the Local Defense Committee, or the Bridgewater Defense Committee) held its first meeting on July 9, 1940.

The scrapbooks in this collection are believed to have been compiled by Miss A. Evelyn Keith, town accountant, from photographs sent in by individuals serving in the military.

Keith, along with Leo F. Nourse, Arthur E. Pratt, Ronald Atwood, James R. Moore, and Edward F. McGinn, was also a sponsor of the News Scribblings from Town Hall, Bridgewater, Mass newsletter (also referred to as Scribblings) which was mailed to military personnel from Bridgewater at the end of every month from beginning in July 1943 to approximately 1946. As of August 28, 1944 approximately 850 copies of Scribblings were sent as well as 250 copies of the Boston Herald and 200 copies of the Brockton Enterprise. As of September 24, 1945, approximately 950 copies of scribblings were sent, and by November 30, 1946 this number dropped to 110. Some of the postage for Scribblings appears to have been solicited from Bridgewater residents.


5.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection includes scrapbooks, correspondence, and committee records related to the Town of Bridgewater’s involvement in World War II.


The collection is arranged in three series as follows:

Series I.
Correspondence, 1943-1946
Series II.
Public Safety Committee records, 1940-1945
Series III.
Scrapbooks, approximately 1942-1945

Physical Access

Delicate materials may be restricted due to their condition.

Technical Access

There are no technical restrictions on this collection.

Physical Location

Bridgewater Public Library Historical Room

Custodial History

Custodial history is unknown. Scrapbooks are believed to have been primarily compiled by A. Evenlyn Keith (who also contributed to the correspondence in this collection) working on behalf of the Town of Bridgewater.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition is unknown.


Accruals are not expected.

Existence and Location of Originals

Location of original correspondence is unknown.

Related Archival Materials at the Bridgewater Public Library

The following materials may also be of interest:

Helen M. Cassiani papers Bridgewater Independent newspapers Town of Bridgewater military information cards A. Evelyn Keith military ball collection World War II ration books


  • Town of Bridgewater World War II records. Bridgewater Public Library Archives & Special Collections.
  • Historical reference collection. Bridgewater Public Library Archives & Special Collections.


Town of Bridgewater World War II records
Allyson Sekerke
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Repository Details

Part of the Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

15 South Street
Bridgewater MA 02324 USA