George Chapin Scott and Edward F. Bernier Collection

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George Chapin Scott and Edward F. Bernier Collection

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George Chapin Scott was born August 1916 in Heath, Massachusetts, the only child to Myria F. Chapin and John H. Scott. He first contacted The History Project in 2000 to donate a large collection of local lesbian and gay newspapers, including: The Guide, Tommy’s and Next. He lived on Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, and died April 12, 2005 at age 88. He was a member of Boston Prime Timers, a 25-year member of the Monday Night Bowling League, and founding treasurer of the Somerville Committee for a Response to AIDS (SCRA). He was the friend of Robert J. Publicover who was a longtime Somerville resident, a publisher of Somerville Journal, the 1992 recipient of Bay Windows Newspaper Award, Mr. Gay New England, and founder of SCRA. Publicover was also the executor of George’s estate. Among other friends of George’s were William Wood of Medford, Rudy Corvo of Boston, Bruce Carpenter of Granby, Jack Sheehan of Quincy, James Cyr of Quincy, Robert Hanson of Provincetown, and Larry Hannay of Somerville.

Edward F. Bernier, or Eddie, was born in Pennsylvania in 1930 and was George’s partner until he died in an auto accident in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, in early 1961. He was a hairdresser in Central Square, Cambridge, on Massachusetts Avenue. This collection contains a large number of photographs of Eddie as well as photographs taken by Eddie.

After George passed away in 2005, all of his stuff was thrown out, perhaps by his landlord. A woman in the neighborhood, Julie Katz, found his collection on the ground by chance, and picked up as much as she could carry. She later contacted The History Project regarding the collection. For this reason, most of the materials lost any original order, and the collection was neither well organized nor comprehensive. Photographs constitute the largest part of the collection. There are a number of photographs of Eddie, as well as old family photos from the late 19th century. Included in the collection are letters, address books, business cards, pamphlets, certificates, high school journals, and news clippings.

Contributor

George Chapin Scott
Edward F. Bernier

Items in the George Chapin Scott and Edward F. Bernier Collection Collection

Cape cottage in Provincetown, MA postcard
View of the front facade of a typical cape cottage with floral landscaping in the Provincetown, MA.

Postcard of Commercial St in Provincetown, MA
A color postcard of a summer street scene on Commercial Street in Provincetown, MA

Cars in Provincetown, MA
Cars in a parking lot in Provincetown, MA

A man dancing on the beach
A man strikes a dancers pose along the tide line at the beach in Provcincetown, MA

Eddie Bernier on the pier in Provincetown
Eddie Bernier strikes a searching pose while sitting on the railing of the pier in Provincetown, MA.

Five people standing in front of Wuthering Heights bar
Four men and one woman stand on the porch in front of Wuthering Heights bar in Provincetown, MA

A typical Provincetown beach scene
An interesting composition of men at the beach. One man in a bathing suit stands with legs wide, back facing the camera, looking down. Another man in a feminine wrap and straw hat waves a feather in the direction of the camera. In the distance…

A group of people socializing on the pier in Provincetown
Three women smile at the camera from a barrel table on the pier in Provincetown, MA. Various other people can be seen around them.

A man flexing on the beach
A man in a striped bathing suit smiles and flexes for the camera while tanning on the beach in Provincetown, MA.

Man poses happily on the beach
Various men on the beach in Provincetown, MA. One man in a striped bathing suit smiles for the camera, and poses with his hands over his head in a heart shape.

Woman on the pier in Provincetown
An older woman wearing pearls sips a drink and reads a paper on the pier over the water in Provincetown, MA.

Eddie Bernier stands with the ruins of a pier on the beach in Provincetown
Eddie Bernier stand behind what appears to be the ruins of a pier on the beach in Provincetown. The photograph is bit blurry, but he appears to be wearing a towel and taking off his hat for the camera.

Man being crazy on the beach
A man wearing a wig and dress sits on the beach and is wrapped up in an inflated beach float. He is making a crazy face.

Ace of Spades Club postcard addressed to Eddie Bernier
A postcard showing the interior of the Ace of Spades Club in Provincetown, MA.

Eddie Bernier in a bar with some friends
Eddie Bernier sitting at a table covered with beer bottles at a bar. At the table are three friends, all posing for the camera. The four of them are dressed up, one in a mask and the bar is decorated with balloons and cut outs of skulls.

A man in an interesting outfit stands on the beach
A man wearing a hat, sunglasses, and what appears to be a large puffy dress, stands next to an overturned umbrella on the beach in Provincetown, MA.

Eddie Bernier on the beach in a towel outfit
Eddie Bernier standing on the beach in Provincetown, MA, wearing an outfit made out of towels.

A man on the beach with feathers in his hat
A candid photograph of a man lying on the beach, wearing shorts and a brimmed hat with feathers stuck in it.

A sleeping man in feathers on the beach
A man in a feather boa outfit lies on an inflated beach float, apparently sleeping on beach in Provincetown, MA

Smiling man in a boa on the beach
A man in hat, sunglasses, and a feather boa lies out on the beach in Provincetown, MA.

Three men drinking on the beach
Three men in bathing suits pose on the beach in Provincetown, MA. Two of the men hold cans of the beer and another is smoking a cigarette. More men can be seen picnicking in the background.

A line of men posing on the beach
Six men in bathing suits stand arm-in-arm posing in a line on the beach in Provincetown, MA. One man squats behind them with his head poking out from between the middle men's hips.

George Chapin Scott and Eddie Bernier on the beach in Provincetown, MA
George and Eddie posing on the beach in bathing suits in Provincetown, MA. George has his arm around Eddie and Eddie is holding a towel and smiling.

Men having fun on the beach in Provincetown
A beach scene in Provincetown, MA in which one man exuberantly throws up his hands as his lifted on another man's shoulders. In the background, a packed beach of onlookers enjoys the spectacle and the sunshine.

Eddie Bernier in a towel on the pier
Eddie Bernier wearing a towel on his head and another wrapped around his body, sitting on a table on the wharf in Provincetown, MA.

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