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Title George M. Champney papers
Dates 1846-1882
Author Champney, George M., 1812-1882
Extent 4 cubic feet (13 boxes)
Arrangement Arranged in five series: 1. Journals (chronological); 2. Journal transcripts (chronological); 3. Scrapbooks (topical); 4: Indexes and transcriptions (topical); 5. Research materials (topical).

Collection number FAM-34
Admin/Biographical History George Mather Champney was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire on March 6, 1812, the son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Brooks) Champney. He attended school in New Ipswich until the age of 14 when he moved to Boston to work in a retail store in the city. He was married in 1836 to Lucy H. Champney and soon after moved back to Boston where he became a partner in a dry goods business. In 1847 he moved to Woburn with his family. In 1851, with the formation of the first town library, Champney served as Chairman of the Library Committee and worked to develop the library. In 1872 the Champney Brothers' firm was destroyed in the Great Fire in Boston and the business soon closed. After Charles B. Winn's death in 1875, Champney took a leading role in planning for the new library that the town would build with the Winn endowment. He spent considerable time and energy acquiring books for the library, and became the first librarian in the new building when it opened in 1879. George Champney wrote a history of the library for the Woburn Journal in November of 1881. Less than two months later, on January 4, 1882, Champney died on the front porch of the library, at the age of 69. He was survived by his wife Lucy H. Champney, his son Edwin Graves Champney, his daughter Ellen Champney Hayden, and his brother, the artist Benjamin Champney.
Scope & Content The collection consists of George M. Champney's journals, scrapbooks and related transcriptions with indexes and research notes.
Source Champney Family of Bedford, Edwin G. Champney.
Cite as George M. Champney Papers,
Woburn Public Library, Dr. Thomas J. Glennon Archives, Woburn, MA 01801.
Indexes Online Finding Aid
Subjects Autographs
Public libraries
Local Subjects Woburn Public Library
Access Access may be limited. Contact library for details.