The majority of the Ames Family Collection was donated to Stonehill College in 2000, by Elizabeth M. Ames. Since that time other family members have donated small, supplementary materials. The collection originated at the Ames Building, at 1 Court Street in Boston, from where the Ames family's various enterprises were managed.

This Collection documents the diverse reach of an enterprising and successful industrial family from the mid-19th through mid 20th centuries. Success with shovels provided the means to investment and financial success with railroads. Further success in that realm allowed key family members to invest in an array of businesses, support a number of philanthropies, and play significant and active roles on the local, regional and national levels.

The Collection also contains extensive records of the day to day personal finances and estates of the many members of the Ames Family in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Requests for information can be submitted via email to the Director of Archives and Historical Collections, Nicole Casper at or 508.565.1121.

Martin Institute – 2nd floor, room 208

The Archives and Historical Collections Department hosts collections that document the history of Stonehill, Southeastern Massachusetts, and/or support the mission of the College.