For over a century, The Cape Cod Association’s documents, including its constitution and meeting records have been handed from one board president to the next. Sally Walker Helwig, Treasurer of the Cape Cod based non-profit, was instrumental in seeking out the best location for this significant collection. For over 25 years, her father, Rufus F. Walker, former President of the Association’s Board of Directors stored these records in their family home in South Harwich. In 2005, they were professionally archived with the intention of being made available to the public. The collection, which showcases records from 1851 through 1969, includes meeting minutes, the original leather bound constitution written in 1851, newspaper clippings, scrolls, pictures and correspondence as well as student records including applications, report cards and correspondence.
“After consulting with local historical researchers, we believe that the Nickerson Archives is the ideal place to permanently house this important collection given its newly developed state of the art storage vault and its significant collection of Cape Cod historical records. We are also very pleased that the Nickerson Archives plans to digitize portions of our collection,” said Ms. Helwig.
“This collection is an outstanding addition to the materials already preserved in the Nickerson Archives,” said Mary Labombard, the College’s Archivest. “For example, already in the collection are records of the Hyannis Normal School as well as the early records of the College itself, dating to before its founding in 1961. The history of education on Cape Cod is becoming one of the strengths of the Nickerson collection.”