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BROOKLINE, MA – OCTOBER 15: Writer, sociologist and educator Adelaide Cromwell poses for a portrait at her home in Brookline, MA on Oct. 15, 2007. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

We are proud to present the Estate Sale of Dr. Adelaide McGuinn Cromwell.

Dr. Cromwell was an American sociologist and professor emeritus at Boston University. She co-founded the African Studies Center in 1959 and founded and directed the graduate program in African American studies from 1969 to 1985. She was the first African- American instructor at Hunter College and Smith College. In 1974 she was appointed as the first African-American Library Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has written several books on black history, including a groundbreaking study of Boston’s black upper class and a biography of Adelaide Casely-Hayford.

Dr. Cromwell has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to academia with awards and honors, including a Citation from the National Order of Cote d’Ivoire, the Smith College Medal, and the Carter G. Woodson Medal from ASALH. She passed in June 2019 at the age of 99.

The Estate of Adelaide McGuinn Cromwell

To include costume and some silver jewelry, sterling silver pieces including Kirk flatware, candlestick holders, large gravy boat, Black Starr sterling top butter dish, asparagus tongs, and more, Steiff pewter liquor tags, lots of silver-plated flatware, some Asian items, German steins, antique pewter, clocks, girandole set.

Limoges demitasse cups/saucers, Coalport “Indian Tree” luncheon set, and other china, lamps including Tiffany style table lamp, Victorian stalactite lamp, Singer 221-1 featherweight sewing machine, antiques and collectibles, African and Island pieces, d’awale game board, goatskin drum, brass African masks, stereo equipment including a Stromberg Carlson console, records, CDs.

Paintings, engravings, and prints to include Louise E. Jefferson “A Friendship Map of Africa,” large batik art by Nike Davies- Okundaye, Clementine Hunter cotton baling painting, James Porter “View of Ibadan” pastel, antique needlepoint, Charles Keller signed Martha’s Vineyard print, Haitian art, and more!

Many books on black history and studies, women’s studies, novels, textbooks, magazines, including 1950s Antique magazines.

Early Victorian sofa, several Victorian carved parlor chairs, set of 6 Victorian side chairs, antique oak clawfoot china cabinet, mahogany desk, Florentine nested tables, mahogany side tables, and coffee table, leather sofa and chair, Depression- era dining room table, chairs, sideboard and server, bedroom furniture, antique rocking chairs, stenciled chairs, needlepoint and other stools, mahogany shaving mirror, mid-century Heller trash bin, mirrors, fireplace equipment.

Heriz room size rug, (as is), Persian oriental mats and small rugs, Bokhara rug.

Ladies mink coat, purses, hair combs, hats, gloves, scarves, some clothes including African outfits and material, bric-a-brac, linen, two antique quilts, kitchenware, and more.

This sale is by appointment only.


Please email your appointment request for SATURDAY and/or SUNDAY, January 22 and 23; we will add additional days if necessary.

We will book a limited number per time slot. We WILL BE ALLOWING ONE HOUR PER APPOINTMENT; the appointment times are 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm.


We will do our best to accommodate your choice of time; however, appointments will be made on a “first-come, first-served” basis. We will confirm your appointment and send the address by return email.

Masks required for entry; a hand sanitizer will be available at the door.

To book an appointment, please get in touch with Paula via email at:

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