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Fuller Collection

F. Wesley Fuller Geological Specimens Collection:

The Fuller Collection was presented to the Thomas Crane Public Library on March 23, 1954. Fuller, a Quincy granite man, accumulated it over a period of many years. A citizens committee headed by former mayor William A. Bradford, an ardent amateur geologist, purchased the collection from Mr. Fuller. Mr. Bradford classified the specimens and arranged the collection.


F.W. Fuller was born in Quincy on August 1, 1860. His father, Frederick J. Fuller, started the Quincy Granite Company that same year. After graduating from Quincy High School in 1877, Fuller attended MIT. However, because his father needed him in the granite business, he left after only six months of study.


He made granite samples to be used by salesman on their routes across the U.S, and for “granite companies all over the United States.” His personal hobby was collecting stones found all over native New England and other parts of the country. Pieces of his handiwork may be found in the Boston Museum, New York Museum, Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution at Washington, D.C.


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Taken on June 30, 2009