Guide to the Papers of Eliot Snider, undated, 1905-2007

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Snider, Eliot
Title: Eliot Snider Papers
Dates:undated, 1905-2007 [bulk 1950-1990]
Abstract: Eliot Snider was President of Massachusetts Lumber and involved in several regional and national organizations, including the Young Presidents Organization, Beth Israel Hospital of Boston, Massachusetts, and the National Council of Economic Education (NCEE). This collection contains documents and artifacts pertaining to Eliot Snider’s business, philanthropic, and family activities, including photographs, meeting minutes, operational records of Massachusetts Lumber, financial ledgers, and blueprints.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 15 linear feet (13 banker's boxes and 2 oversized boxes)
Identification: P-977
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note1

Eliot I. Snider (1921- )

Eliot I. Snider was born on April 10, 1921 to Harry and Lena (Korelitz) Snider. Harry Snider was a Lithuanian immigrant, who came to the United States from Vilnius at the turn of the 20th century. In 1917, he founded Massachusetts Lime and Cement Company. Operating as a lime, cement, and lumber yard on a three-acre site on Portland Street in Cambridge, the company was soon renamed the Massachusetts Lumber Company. Eliot attended Boston Latin School, graduating in 1937. He continued his education at Harvard University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in 1941 and, as a Baker Scholar, an MBA with distinction in 1943. After graduate school, Eliot served in the United States Navy, where he was involved, until 1946, in teaching and industrial engineering for the Ordnance Department in Materials Handling.

After his service, Eliot went to work for his father’s company, which had acquired George McQuesten Company in East Boston in 1937. Eliot worked at George McQuesten for six years, until Massachusetts Lumber was rearranged in 1953. The parent company and commercial outlet remained Massachusetts Lumber, while lumber wholesale under George McQuesten was moved from East Boston to North Billerica. Eliot was named President of Massachusetts Lumber and continued to expand company operations through the 1950s and 1960s. Acquiring other companies during this period, Massachusetts Lumber established branches and wholesale warehouses in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine.

In 1957, the company established Wood Fabricators Inc. to expand commercial operations through fabricating wood products in the relatively new industry of laminated wood beams and arches. Operating the only glue laminating plant in the region at the time, Wood Fabricators Inc. supplied builders and architects creating custom houses and commercial buildings with standard components and design materials. They promoted proprietary products, which cost less to manufacture than their steel counterparts, and engineered roof structures. In 1968, they were issued a patent (#3364646) for WOODBAR, a joist constructed from laminated wood to replace the conventional steel bar joist.

Massachusetts Lumber Company continued to expand operations through subsidiary businesses, such as ForTek (utility pole distribution) and Fortank (specialized tractor trailers). In 1998, business operations were sold to Hood Industries, Inc. of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This sale included inventory, equipment, and the name McQuesten, but not real estate. The Massachusetts Lumber properties were leased to Hood Industries (d/b/a McQuesten) and the majority of Massachusetts Lumber’s business remained managing real estate and investments, with Eliot Snider as the sole stockholder, Director, President, and Treasurer.

In addition to his business activities, Eliot Snider was actively involved in a number of regional and national organizations. joining the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in 1957, Eliot, with his wife Ruth, traveled extensively in the 1950s and 1960s in the United States and around the world to attend conventions and programs. Eliot served the YPO as a director for nine years and then as the VP International. Over the course of his full tenure with the organization, which ended with his required retirement at age 50, he attended fourteen YPO Universities, each held for six days in a different city.2 In 1970, Eliot became a member of the Chief Executives Organization and the World Presidents Organization, allowing him to attend conferences on world trade and politics and continue developing his business leadership. These organizations facilitated meetings with political and diplomatic dignitaries, and also permitted Eliot to study the lumber and timber industry worldwide.

As an active alumnus of Harvard University, Eliot served as President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association and was a key participant in developing the Business School’s Initiative on Social Enterprise. He was the Director of the Harvard Business School Board of Directors of the Associates, and founded the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professorship of Business Administration. Eliot’s involvement with Harvard extended beyond the Business School to the School of Public Health, where he has served on the Dean’s Council since 1993. From 1998 to 2003, Eliot was a member of the Harvard Health Policy and Management Executive Council. He was also involved in the field of medicine through his role as a trustee of the Beth Israel Hospital from 1974 to 1996. He continued to serve in this capacity through the formation of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was also the Co-Chairman of the Board of Overseers.

Eliot was also committed to improving the state of economic education for children in the United States. He actively sought to increase economic literacy and improve the reach and scope of the curriculum nationally. As the Director of the National Council of Economic Education (NCEE), Eliot participated in educational initiatives in conjunction with the Joint Council of Economic Education, Massachusetts Economic Education Council, and other like-minded organizations. His involvement in education was also demonstrated in his long history with Lesley University. During the institution’s beginnings as Lesley College, Eliot became one of its six directors and held this position for 21 years, until 1971. The initial development of the college, which had a graduating class of 150 women, included acquiring fourteen adjacent properties to build facilities. These facilities now include three Cambridge campuses and fourteen satellites across the United States, and the university has graduated over 70,000 students.3 Eliot was accorded NCEE’s George F. Baker Award in 1994.


April 10, 1921 Eliot Snider born to Harry and Lena Koralitz Snider.
1937 Graduated from Boston Latin School.
1941 Received a B.A. from Harvard University.
1943 Received an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
1943-1946 Served as a Lieutenant, Officer-in-Charge, in the United States Navy with the Ordnance department in Materials and Handling.
1946-1953 Joined Massachusetts Lumber Company operations, working for George McQuesten Company.
1947 Son, Andrew, was born.
1949 Son, Paul, was born.
1952 Daughter, Nancy, was born.
1953 Became president of Massachusetts Lumber Company.
1954 Moved George McQuestern Company from East Boston to North Billerica, Massachusetts.
1957 Joined the Young Presidents Organization.
1970 Joined the Chief Executives Organization and the World Presidents Organization.
1974-1996 Served as Beth Israel Hospital Trustee.
1981 Received the National Conference of Christians and Jews Annual Award.
1988 Served on Museum of Fine Arts Board of Overseers.
1993 Joined the Dean’s Council of the Harvard School of Public Health.
1994 Received National Council of Economic Education George F. Baker Award.
1996 Served as Trustee/Overseer Co-Chairman of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
1998-2003 Served as a member of the Harvard Health Policy & Management Executive Council.
2002-2006 Served as Treasurer (2002), Vice Chair (2003) and Chairman (2004-2006) of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Marin Counties.
2005 Received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lesley University.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains documents and artifacts regarding Eliot I. Snider’s involvement in business, public health, philanthropy, politics, education, and his family life. Records describing Massachusetts Lumber Company operations and development primarily consist of its subsidiaries’ ledgers, articles, and publications, with the bulk of the material related to Richardson Dana, and George McQuesten. There is also correspondence with foreign lumber companies and notes on foreign lumber industries that highlight Eliot’s connection to the international lumber trade. Meeting minutes and program materials illustrate the activities of various organizations which Eliot served in a governing capacity, either as a Trustee on the Overseers Board or as Director. Eliot and Ruth took many trips abroad, several of which were as members of professional organizations, such as the Young Presidents Organization. Travel guides, itineraries, maps, receipts, pamphlets and brochures, articles, notes, and postcards document these excursions and conferences. The collection also contains many photographs and slides, the bulk of which depict Eliot’s extensive travels, operations at Massachusetts Lumber, and activities with his family. Statements, receipts, and income tax returns describe the scope of the Sniders’ financial development, activities, and standing. Milestones from Eliot’s family life are presented through correspondence and notes. The collection also includes a series of oversized documents, which include blueprints from the construction of the Snider residence in Swampscott, Massachusetts, diagrams of structures from George McQuesten Company, a large ledger, and other artifacts.

Some folders contain restricted materials, including personal records and confidential documents. These records cannot be accessed without permission from the archivist.

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The collection is arranged into nine series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

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Jacob Fine Memoirs, P-638

Percy Brand Papers, P-865

Records of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, I-220

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Eliot Snider Papers; P-977; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Eliot Snider, November 2012.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Click the box in the request column to learn more about viewing materials at the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.


Series I: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1983, 1991-2003

Boxes 1-2.

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content:

This series contains documents pertaining to Eliot Snider’s activities as a member of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers. Along with G. West Saltonstall, Eliot was also Co-Chairman of the Overseers. These records include meeting minutes, agendas, reports, and scripts which describe Beth Israel Hospital and Deaconess Hospital merging together to form Beth Israel Deaconess in 1996. The major focus of these documents is the preparation, reception, and administration of this merger. This also consists of the development of BIDMC and Board personnel, as well as trustee applications to the Board of Overseers and the guidelines for this appointment. Memos and rosters also describe fundraising and operations within the organization, including development and governing committees. Proposals and program plans outline initiatives regarding research, education, and alternative medicine.

1 1 1st Annual Meeting October 1997 request_box
1 2-3 Annual Palm Beach Family Reunion 1997, 1998, 2003 request_box
1 4 Beth Israel Hospital (Pre-merger) 1983, 1991-1992 request_box
1 5-10 Board of Overseers 1996-1999 request_box
1 11-21 Board of Trustees 1996-2001 request_box
2 1-3 Board of Trustees 2003-2007 request_box
2 4-5 Board of Trustees – Performance Improvement Plan (restricted) 2002 request_box
2 6 Center for Alternative Medicine Research & Education (restricted) 1999 request_box
2 7 Development Division 1998, 2003 request_box
2 8 Executive & Finance Committee Recovery Plan 2002 request_box
2 9 Facility Master Plan 1997 request_box
2 10 General 1998 request_box
2 11-12 Governance & Nominating Committee 1998-2000 request_box
2 13 Institute for Education & Research 1997 request_box
2 14 Publicity 2003 request_box
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Series II: Business Activities, undated, 1905-2007

Boxes 2-3.

Arranged alphabetically subject.

Scope and Content:

This series describes various business enterprises related to Massachusetts Lumber Company--which Eliot Snider has been President of since 1953--and the general lumber industry. Ledgers and account books depict the sales for branches of Massachusetts Lumber Company, including Richardson Dana Division, George McQuesten, Deering Winslow, Wood Fabricators Inc., and Portland Spar. Business operations within and among these branches are also described in flyers and brochures, advertisements, product specifications, and correspondence. Early operations at George McQuesten were also recorded as moving images that have since been transferred to DVD and VHS format. Eliot’s role in the international development of the lumber industry is evident in his relations with foreign lumber exporters and wood product fabricators in Japan and Thailand. These relations are described in correspondence and product descriptions, and also include Japanese samples of fabricated wood. Eliot also developed a patented product which he sold through a Massachusetts Lumber subsidiary, Wood Fabricators Inc.,US Patent # 3364646 for the WOODBAR wooden joist beam. This was one of several proprietary products, described in product specification brochures issued by Wood Fabricators Inc. and UniHome Corporation, which represented Eliot’s efforts to expand the commercial operations of his lumber company through prefabricated wood construction.

2 15 Deering Winslow Company Sales 1943 request_box
2 16 George McQuesten Company undated, 1905-1995 request_box
2 17 George McQuesten Footage – DVD (VHS located in Box 12) 1930s-1956 request_box
2 18 George McQuesten Company Sales 1955-1967 request_box
2 19-20 Lumber Industry – Japan undated, 1956-1958 request_box
2 21 Lumber Industry – Miscellaneous undated, 1920, 1931, 1954 request_box
2 22 Lumber Industry – Thailand 1950-1964 request_box
2 23 Massachusetts Lumber Company undated, 1962, 2007 request_box
3 1 Philadelphia Hardwood 1948 request_box
3 2 Portland Spar/Irwin Lumber Company 1928, 1931, 1947, 1954, 1993 request_box
3 3 Publicity 1949-1962, 1990 request_box
3 4 Quartermaster School 1943 request_box
3 5 Richardson Dana Division 1980s request_box
3 6-15 Richardson Dana Division Sales 1946-1947, 1953-1955 request_box
3 16 Superfund Site at Billerica, MA 1997 request_box
3 17 UniHome Corporation 1969 request_box
3 18 Wood Fabrication Brochures 1960s, 1987-1989 request_box
3 19 Wood Fabricators Inc. undated, 1960s request_box
3 20 WOODBAR Floor and Roof Systems undated, 1965 request_box
3 21 World Business Council Conference 1980 request_box
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Series III: Economic Education, undated, 1964-1990

Boxes 3-5.

Arranged alphabetically subject.

Scope and Content:

This series describes Eliot Snider’s participation in various initiatives aimed at increasing the economic literacy of children in the United States. He worked on behalf of the National Council of Economic Education, the Joint Council on Economic Education, and the Massachusetts Economic Education Council. These records include publications, newsletters, correspondence, brochures, pamphlets, and programs guides. Many of these guides present educators with lessons plans and discussion topics specifically to describe basic economic concepts to elementary aged children. Meeting minutes, agendas, correspondence, programs, and rosters define the administration of these organizations, the activities of their governing bodies, and cooperation between these initiatives. A commendation letter signed by President James Carter recognizes Eliot Snider’s efforts developing this initiative.

3 22 Commendation 1979, 1990 request_box
3 23 Economic Education Council of Massachusetts 1974-1985 request_box
3 24 The Elementary Economist 1980s request_box
3 25 Joint Council on Economic Education 1973 request_box
4 1-4 Joint Council on Economic Education 1974-1980 request_box
4 5-6 Joint Council on Economic Education – Annual Reports 1974, 1976-1977, 1980, 1983-1986 request_box
4 7-8 Joint Council on Economic Education – Curriculum Guides 1977, 1984-1985 request_box
4 9 Joint Council on Economic Education – Economic Education Experiences 1980-1985 request_box
4 10-11 Joint Council on Economic Education – National Survey 1981 request_box
4 12 Joint Council on Economic Education – Trustee Handbook 1983-1985 request_box
4 13 Lesley College 1976-1980 request_box
4 14 Miscellaneous Publications 1973-1983 request_box
4 15-18 National Center of Economic Education for Children 1979-1983 request_box
5 1-2 National Center of Economic Education for Children 1982-1985 request_box
5 3 National Center of Economic Education for Children – Correspondence 1983-1985 request_box
5 4 National Center of Economic Education for Children – Exploring the Community Marketplace 1983 request_box
5 5 National Center of Economic Education for Children – Initial Planning 1964-1979 request_box
5 6 National Center of Economic Education for Children – Lesson Plans (Grades 3 & 4) undated request_box
5 7 National Center of Economic Education for Children – Tax Documents 1984-1985 request_box
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Series IV: Family Papers and Artifacts, undated, 1951-2003

Box 5 and 12.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Scope and Content:

This series contains documents relating to the Snider family's activities and personal affairs. Handwritten notes, correspondence, and other planning documents describe Bar Mitzvah celebrations for Andrew and Paul. Receipts and notes account for the value of items taken in a 1987 robbery. The Snider's Swampscott, Massachusetts residence is detailed in a descriptive report of its specifications and attributes. Correspondence describes the Snider family's relationship with various social institutions, and Ruth Snider's correspondence with her sister and children spans a wide time period and includes missives from many geographic locations. Other family items include recipes, illustrations, booklets on household items, and a vinyl record of American jazz guitarist Irving Ashby. Biographical information on Eliot Snider and his family is included in articles printed by the Harvard Business School and publicity features issued by the Massachusetts Lumber Company. This series also includes personal items from the Snider family, including photography and slide viewing accessories and a carved wooden frame.

5 8 Bar Mitzvahs 1960, 1962 request_box
5 9 Biographical Features 1961-1963, 1989, 2003 request_box
5 10 Birthday & Anniversary Party 1991 request_box
5 11 Correspondence – Harry’s Bar Application (London) 1996 request_box
5 12 Correspondence – Ruth Snider 1958, 1964, 1984, 1991 request_box
5 13 Miscellaneous undated, 1986, 1989 request_box
5 14 Personal Stress Management Report (restricted) 1989 request_box
5 15 Robbery – 1987 1946-1987 request_box
5 16 Snider Residence – General undated, 1959 request_box
5 17 Snider Residence – Specifications 1951-1952 request_box
12 Photography Accessories undated request_box
12 Slide Accessories undated request_box
12 Rock (possibly Berlin Wall) undated request_box
12 Wooden Picture Frame (fragile) undated request_box
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Series V: Harvard University, 1943-2009

Boxes 5 and 6.

Arranged alphabetically by school and topic.

Scope and Content:

This series describes Eliot's Snider's involvement with several Harvard University organizations and institutions as an alumnus and active member of various governing bodies. Eliot's involvement with the Harvard School of Business focused primarily on the Social Enterprise Initiative. These records include agenda and minutes of meetings, informational packets and newsletters describing developmental initiatives, and publications for promoting these programs to individuals interested in professional development. Members of the Social Enterprise Advisory Board are listed in rosters, with contact information and biographical sketches. Tables outline Harvard statistics concerning student populations and admissions. Information from the School of Public Health includes informational brochures and publications on health care, illustrated with graphs and tables, as well as Harvard's public health programs, agenda, and policies. There are also developmental reports and statistics, and correspondence detailing Eliot's association with the school's officials and programs.

5 18 Business School Board of Directors of the Associates 1979-1983, 1986-1988 request_box
5 19 Business School Directories 1943, 1946 request_box
5 20 Business School Professorship 1995 request_box
5 21 Business School – Snider Family Endowment 1970, 1986, 1989-1996 request_box
5 22-23 Business School – Social Enterprise Initiative 1995-1998 request_box
6 1-8 Business School – Social Enterprise Initiative 1998-2005, 2008-2009 request_box
6 9 Business School – Visiting Committee 1971-1978 request_box
6 10-11 School of Public Health 1993-1994 request_box
6 12 School of Public Health – Annual Reports 1991-1994 request_box
6 13 School of Public Health – Publications 1993-1994 request_box
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Series VI: Personal Finances, 1965-2000

Boxes 6-8.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Scope and Content:

This series contains the records of Eliot Snider's financial transactions and activities. Receipts, invoices, and billing statements describe purchases the Sniders made from a variety of vendors. Statements also detail philanthropic efforts, such as the Snider Charitable Trust. This trust has been the patron of a wide variety of organizations, including the Arnold Arboretum, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Salvation Army, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston, the Harvard University Art Museum, and the Cambridge Family Children's Services. Other records include documents gathered and prepared for income tax returns, include reports on assets and investments. Detailed descriptions of properties the Sniders owned in Florida and Nantucket consist of mortgage applications and agreements, itemized inventories, and correspondence discussing purchase and sale activities.

6 14 Art Acquisitions 1967 request_box
6 15-19 Expenditures 1965, 1984-1988 request_box
7 1-2 Expenditures 1989 request_box
7 3 Florida Properties 1988, 2000 request_box
7 4-11 Income Tax Information 1983-1989 request_box
7 12 Independent Investments Inc. 1964 request_box
7 13 Nantucket Property 1993-1998 request_box
7 14 Nantucket Property – Mortgage 1993 request_box
7 15-17 Nantucket Property – Sale 1999 request_box
8 1 Polo Club Sale 1990 request_box
8 2-3 Stock Portfolio 1988, 1997 request_box
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Series V: Photographs & Slides, undated, 1920-1993

Boxes 8-9.

Arranged alphabetically by location and topic.

Scope and Content:

This series contains photographs and slides, as well as several negatives, many of which Eliot Snider took during the various trips he embarked on abroad. Many photographs and slides also depict family vacations and activities, as well as operations at various branches of the Massachusetts Lumber Company. Eliot primarily photographed scenes from other countries which included art, distinctive architecture, attractions, lumber operations, travel companions, and the daily activities of the country's inhabitants. Notable landmarks include Buddhist temples in Thailand, Hawaii, and Japan, Machu Picchu, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Hagia Sophia, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Grand Kremlin Palace, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Photographs of the Massachusetts Lumber Company show equipment and staff members engaged in daily operations over the course of several decades. Noteworthy photographs depict images of the original Massachusetts Lime and Cement Company site in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the original George McQuesten East Boston site and early 20th century operations. Portrait photographs of Eliot Snider are from various decades and consist of professional prints and contact sheets.

8 4 Acapulco undated request_box
8 5 (The) Alps 1958 request_box
8 6 Australia 1986 request_box
8 7 Banff, Alberta, Canada 1966 request_box
8 8 Bangkok, Thailand 1958,1964 request_box
8 9 Berlin undated request_box
8 10 Brussels & France undated, 1958 request_box
8 11 Camp Zakelo 1957 request_box
8 12 Caracas, Venezuela 1965 request_box
8 13 Central America 1956 request_box
8 14 Disneyland 1960 request_box
8 15 Dublin, Ireland 1969 request_box
8 16 Eliot Snider undated, 1972-1985, 1994 request_box
8 17 England 1958 request_box
8 18 Family – Christmas 1957-1960 request_box
8 19 Family – General undated, 1946-1961 request_box
8 20 Family – General undated, 1946-1950 request_box
8 21 Family – Nancy’s Splash Party 1966 request_box
8 22 Family – Paul’s Pictures of Nancy & Andy 1957 request_box
8 23 Family – Sailing 1960s request_box
8 24 Family – Skiing undated, 1964 request_box
8 25 France undated request_box
8 26 Harvard Business School undated request_box
8 27 Harvard School of Public Health 1993 request_box
8 28 Hawaii 1958 request_box
8 29 Hong Kong, China undated, 1958, 1964 request_box
8 30 Japan 1957-1958, 1964 request_box
8 31 Mystic & Bunker Hill June 1957 request_box
8 32-33 Massachusetts Lumber Company Operations undated, 1920s, 1949, 1963, 1972, 1980s request_box
8 34 Morocco October 1966 request_box
8 35-36 Nantucket Property undated request_box
8 37 Peru 1965 request_box
8 38 Portugal October 1966 request_box
9 1 Rangoon to Istanbul 1958 request_box
9 2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil undated request_box
9 3 Russia 1962, 1963 request_box
9 4 San Francisco 1958 request_box
9 5 Storyland 1957 request_box
9 6 Switzerland 1962 request_box
9 7 Unidentified undated request_box
9 8 United States undated request_box
9 9 Wequaquet Houses undated request_box
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Series VIII: Travel, undated, 1956-2001

Boxes 9-12.

Arranged alphabetically by location.

Scope and Content:

This series contains documents regarding trips Eliot Snider and members of his family made outside of Massachusetts. The majority of these documents were acquired during trips made with organizations such as the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Chief Executive Organization (CEO), the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and the World Business Council (WBC), among others. Preparations for these trips are noted in itineraries, flight manifests, registration forms, and informational brochures and packets. Many of these organizations sponsored conferences and work sessions for business development worldwide. They often took participants on tours through multiple countries and discussed current topics in business and politics, such as the effects of globalization, commercial development in the EU and worldwide, global communication, and social programming. Guide books, maps, notes, newspaper clippings, brochures, pamphlets, and cruise line newsletters cover areas in North and South America, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, East Asia, North Africa, and Australia. Correspondence with Mr. Snider reveals several trips taken between 1957 and 1971 undocumented elsewhere in the series materials. These trips include the following excursions: Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Sweden, and Norway; Brazi, Argentina, and Chile; Lisbon, Madrid, Marrakech, and Tangier; Kenya safari; Capetown; Berlin to Zurich river cruise; Israel; and St Moritz (Eliot Snider, letter to Kora Welsh, September 23, 2014). Records of foreign dignitaries and political figures invited to meet convention participants include Douglas MacArthur II, Shimon Peres, James Gildenhorn, and Frank Carlucci. Other trips documented in this series include Eliot and Ruth's recreational undertakings to various vacation locations on a number of cruise lines, occasionally including their grown children for holiday trips.

9 10 Acapulco to Aruba (Conference of the Americas) – World Presidents’ Organization 1993 request_box
9 11 Amazon Cruise – World Business Council 1991 request_box
9 12 Aspen, Colorado 1964, 1971, 1976-1982 request_box
9 13-14 Australia Forum (New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti) – Chief Executives Organization 1986 request_box
9 15 Belgium 1957-1958 request_box
9 16-17 Berlin Forum – Chief Executives Organization 1992 request_box
9 18 Boston to Montreal Cruise 2002 request_box
9 19 Budapest/Vienna – Chief Executives Organization 1997 request_box
9 20 California 1992 request_box
9 21 Caribbean Cruise 1997-1998 request_box
9 22 Cayman Islands 1999 request_box
9 23 Chicago (University of) – Chief Executives Organization 1997 request_box
9 24 China Cruise 1981 request_box
9 25 Civitovecchia to Athens 1996 request_box
10 1 Cruises – Membership Brochures 1982-1984, 2004-2006 request_box
10 2 Dublin to London – Young Presidents Organization 1969 request_box
10 3 Egypt Forum (Israel Tour) – Chief Executives Organization 1982 request_box
10 4 England 1972, 1980-1990 request_box
10 5 Florence, Italy – World Presidents’ Organization 1992 request_box
10 6-8 France 1961, 1994, 2001 request_box
10 9 Geneva to Paris – Chief Executives Organization 1990 request_box
10 10 Greece 1963 request_box
10 11-13 Hawaii to Japan – Young Presidents Organization 1958, 1963-1964 request_box
10 14-15 Hong Kong to Singapore 1986 request_box
10 16 Italy – Chief Executives Organization 1999 request_box
10 17 Ireland – Chief Executives Organization 1997-1998 request_box
10 18-19 Lausanne, Switzerland – Young Presidents Organization 1962 request_box
11 1-2 London, England 1995-1997 request_box
11 3 London, England – Chief Executive Organization 2000 request_box
11 4 London, England – Guides undated, 1989, 1995, 1999 request_box
11 5 Madrid, Spain undated, 1956, 1960 request_box
11 6-7 Mexico & Panama – Defense Orientation Conference Association 1992 request_box
11 8 Miami Beach, Florida – Young Presidents Organization 1960 request_box
11 9 Miscellaneous undated, 1957-1963, 1990 request_box
11 10 Newport, R.I. to Marblehead, M.A. – New York Yacht Club Cruise 1999 request_box
11 11 New York – Art Seminar 1989 request_box
11 12 New York Forum – Chief Executives Organization 1991-1992, 1994, 1996 request_box
11 13 New York – Mark Hotel 1997 request_box
11 14 Nova Scotia – Chief Executives Organization 1991 request_box
11 15 Palm Beach, Florida 1996-1998 request_box
11 16 Palm Beach, Florida – Chief Executives Organization 1991, 1996-1997 request_box
11 17 Phoenix, Arizona – Young Presidents Organization 1962 request_box
11 18 Provence – Chief Executives Organization 1996 request_box
11 19 Puerto Rico – Young Presidents Organization April 1961 request_box
11 20 Quebec, Canada – Young Presidents Organization 1960 request_box
11 21 Rome to Barcelona 2001 request_box
11 22-23 Scandinavia to Russia 1983 request_box
12 1 Seattle, Washington – Pilchuck Auction Tour 2003 request_box
12 2 Spain Forum – Chief Executive Organization 1992 request_box
12 3-4 Strasbourg Conference – Chief Executive Organization 1998 request_box
12 5-7 Thailand Forum (Cambodia, Vietnam) – Chief Executive Organization 1993 request_box
12 8 Toronto (University) – Chief Executive Organization 1996 request_box
12 9 Vail, Colorado 1995-1996 request_box
12 10 Venice, Italy 1987 request_box
12 11 Venice, Italy – World Presidents Organization 1995 request_box
12 12 Washington DC Forum – Chief Executive Organization 1991 request_box
12 13 Williamsburg, Virginia – Chief Executive Organization 1983 request_box
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Series IX: Oversized Material, 1951/1982

Boxes 13-15.

Arranged by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This series contains the collection's oversized materials, primarily consisting of large ledger books recording transactions between branches of the Massachusetts Lumber Company and their customers. This series also contains a scrapbook of staff at George McQuesten in 1992, a framed photograph of Eliot Snider's Navy unit in 1946, a collage of the Boston Latin School class of 1937, a briefcase, and other artifacts.

13 1 Cash Receipts 1972-1974 request_box
13 2 George McQuesten Company Diagrams 1954-1955, 1960, 1982 request_box
13 3 Miscellaneous undated request_box
13 4 Navy Group Photograph 1946 request_box
13 5-9 Snider Residence (Swampscott) Blueprints 1951 request_box
14 General Ledger – Richardson Dana, Portland Spar and Lumber, George McQuesten 1951-1955 request_box
14 General Ledger – George McQuesten Company 1951-1953 request_box
14 General Ledger – Snider Lumber Company 1967 request_box
14 Black Briefcase – Mr. Eliot Snider undated request_box
14 Scrapbook – George McQuesten Company 1992 request_box
15 General Ledger 1948 request_box
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