The Charles H. W. Foster Collection was received in 1957 from the estate of Charles H. W. Foster, Harvard University graduate and well-known yachtsman. Foster owned and experimented with an extraordinary number of yachts over his lifetime and participated in the design of several of his own yachts. A longtime member and a commodore of the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Foster wrote the Eastern Yacht Club Ditty Box, the first history of this prestigious club. The collection consists of 5 half models, 46 books, and approximately 4300 photographs by Stebbins, Jackson, and Peabody, depicting yachts and some commercial vessels between the years 1885 and 1930.

Repository: MIT Museum, Hart Nautical Collection

Creator: Charles H. W. Foster

Title: Charles H. W. Foster photographic and model collection

Dates: [inclusive] 1883 – 1931

Extent: 4,233 photographs, 20 books and five half-hull models

Location: MIT Museum. An appointment is required to view the collection.

Credit: Gift of Charles H. W. Foster, 1957

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