Manuscripts

Manuscripts

The richest primary resources for Old Dartmouth local history, New Bedford whaling, industrial and social history, biographical information and marine archives are to be found in the manuscript collections of the Research Library and Archives. Including late 17th century property deeds and indentures through the various mercantile investments and business practices of the agents of whaling and merchant voyages, church records, architecture, personal papers of significant (and lesser known) people of the 19th century and industrial, banking, and modern whaling documentation extending well into the 20th century, the manuscript collection continues to serve and inform the scholarly community.

The manuscript collections consist of over 110 distinct collections, organized with finding aids including notes historical, and where applicable, biographical. The finding aids include the scope and content of the collections and in many cases have subject listings and other forms of indexing. Not all of the manuscripts in the archive have finding aids. Many are cataloged discretely and ought to be searched through the main library database.

    Mss 1: New Bedford Cordage Company Records, 1839-1968

    Mss 2: Rotch Family Papers, 1764-1947

    Mss 3: Pierce Manufacturing Corporation Records, 1868-1948

    Mss 4: Rodman Family Papers, 1781-1933

    Mss 5: Swift & Allen Records, 1818-1893

    Mss 6: William Tallman Russell Papers, 1811-1853

    Mss 7: Howland Family Papers, 1797-1890

    Mss 8: Hathaway Family Business Records, 1811-1888

    Mss 9: Bennett Family Papers, 1765-1908

    Mss 10: Paul Cuffe Papers, 1811-1828

    Mss 11: Hawes Family Papers, 1789-1910

    Mss 12: Robert Swain Gifford Papers, 1772-1968

    Mss 13: Ricketson Family Papers, 1795-1958

    Mss 14: John Avery Parker Business Records, 1803-1888

    Mss 15: Taber Family Business Records, 1839-1887

    Mss 16: John Russell Thornton Business Records, 1841-1894

    Mss 17: Hartson Hartlett Bodfish Papers, 1857-1942

    ​Mss 18: Jonathan Bourne Jr. Business Records, 1836-1899

    Mss 19: Benjamin D. Cleveland Business Records, 1857-1925

    Mss 20: Dawes Family Papers, 1821-1944

    Mss 21: Llewellyn Howland Papers, 1827-1955

    Mss 22: Clement Nye Swift Papers, 1872-1947

    Mss 23: Charles Walter Agard Papers, 1882-1962

    Mss 24: Pickens Family Papers, 1796-1811

    Mss 25: New Bedford Rayon, Inc., Records, 1926-1974

    Mss 26: Nye Family Papers, 1772-1965

    Mss 27: Smith Family Papers, 1677-1829

    Mss 28: Gibbs Family Papers, 1798-1925

    Mss 29: Lighthouse Records Collection, 1828-1943

    Mss 30: Hitch Family Papers, 1861-1920

    Mss 31: New Bedford Veteran Firemen's Association Records, 1835-1952

    Mss 32: Friends Academy Records, 1810-1980

    Mss 33: Albert Cook Church Papers, 1878-1976

    Mss 34: White Family Business Records, 1843-1914

    Mss 35: J. & W. R. Wing & Company Records, 1833-1918

    Mss 36: Taber Family Papers, 1712-1901

    Mss 37: White Family Papers, 1746-1916

    Mss 38: West Family Papers, ca. 1643-1893

    Mss 39: Whaling Film Corporation Records, 1921-ca. 1950

    Mss 40: Sanford & Kelley Records, 1882-1968

    Mss 41: Charles Waln Morgan Papers, 1817-1900

    Mss 42: First Unitarian Church Records, 1730-1977

    Mss 43: Gifford Family Papers, 1802-1857

    Mss 44: John Hopkins Baker Papers, 1821-1885

    Mss 45: Whaling Enshrined, Incorporated, Records, 1925-1947

    Mss 46: Hammond Family Papers, 1817-1856

    Mss 47: Smellie Family Papers, 1826-1952

    Mss 48: Horace Clinton Johnson Papers, 1874-1969

    Mss 49: Kilton Family Papers, 1833-1927

    Mss 50: Grinnell Family Papers, 1799-1892

    Mss 51: Cummings Family Papers, 1675-1947

    Mss 52: Haskins Family Business Records, 1855-1897

    Mss 53: Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Town Records, 1674-1912

    Mss 54: George S. Homer Business Records, 1874-ca. 1912

    Mss 55: Knowles Family Business Records, 1825-1897

    Mss 56: Business Records Collection, 1712-1946

    Mss 57: Charles R. Tucker & Company Records, 1836-1907

    Mss 58: William Gifford Business Records, 1832-1879

    Mss 59: Henry Barnard Worth Papers, 1714-1942

    Mss 60: Mandell Family Papers, 1748-1909

    Mss 61: Akin Family Papers, 1818-1956

    Mss 62: Seabury Family Papers, 1834-1889

    Mss 63: Howland Family Papers, 1788-1885

    Mss 64: Biographical Collection, 1668-ca. 1977

    Mss 65: Howland Family Papers, 1798-1895, ca. 1973

    Mss 66: Wood & Nye Records, 1851-1874

    Mss 67: Charles Foster Batchelder Papers, 1712-1973

    Mss 68: William Greenleaf Blackler Business Records

    Mss 69: Henry F. Thomas Papers, 1841-1859

    Mss 70: Loum Snow Business Records, 1850-1890

    Mss 71: Aiken & Swift Records, 1859-1904

    Mss 72: Jones Family Papers, 1811-ca. 1960

    Mss 73: William Lewis Business Records, 1875-1886

    Mss 74: South Bristol Farmers' Club Records, 1869-1982

    Mss 75: J. B. Wood & Company Records, 1845-1873

    Mss 76: Lyman Allyn Papers, 1785-1939

    Mss 77: Local History Collection, ca. 1783-1970

    Mss 78: Swift & Allen Records, 1834-1885

    Mss 79: Ship's Papers Collection, 1771-1927

    Mss 80: Cory Family Papers, 1762-1929

    Mss 81: Noah Scovell Papers, 1780-1827, 1836, 1860

    Mss 82: John Ham Williams Page Papers, 1852-1862

    Mss 83: Joseph T. Edwards Business Records, 1906-1915

    Mss 84: Tallman Family Papers, 1768-1883

    Mss 85: Cooper Family Papers, 1794-1957

    Mss 86: Albert C. Sherman Papers, 1875-1899

    Mss 88: Russell Family Papers, 1711-1863

    Mss 89: Robert R. Newell Papers, ca. 1960-1977

    Mss 90: Walter E. Channing Papers, 1910-1978

    Mss 91: Brown Family Papers, 1800-1954

    Mss 92: Hester Williams Swift Prescott Papers, 1863-1960

    Mss 93: Everett S. Allen Papers, 1925-1975

    Mss 94: Burgess Family Papers, 1828-1866

    Mss 95: Almon L. Stickney Papers, 1858-1902

    Mss 96: Shurtleff Pharmacy Records, 1883-1925

    Mss 97: David Batchelder Kempton Papers, 1878-1891

    Mss 98: Gifford Family Papers, 1851-1980

    Mss 99: Charles Henry Gifford Papers, 1810-ca. 1880

    Mss 100: William H. Hathaway Jr. Papers, 1835-1872

    Mss 101: Sarah Loomis Papers, 1965-1985

    Mss 102: Potter Family Papers, 1838-1906

    Mss 103: Barney Family Papers, 1802-1881

    Mss 104: Cook Family Papers, 1839-1940

    Mss 105: Andrew Hicks Papers, 1836-1887

    Mss 106: Tropic (Ship) Papers, 1850-1862

    Mss 107: Merchants Bank/Merchants National Bank of New Bedford, Mass, 1825-1939

    Mss 108: Acushnet Iron Foundry Records, 1851-1857

    Mss 109: First Congregational Church of Fairhaven Records, 1793-1970

    Mss 110: Brown Family Papers, 1884-1938

    Mss 111: Holmes-Walker Family Papers, 1843-1978

    Mss 112: Nonquitt Collection, 1849-1983

    Mss 113: Hill Collection, 1818-1915

    Mss 114: New Bedford Yacht Club Collection, 1856-2002

    Mss 115: Nelson F. Wood Collection, 1816-1988

    Mss 116: Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company Records, 1818-1915

    Mss 117: Butler Family Papers, 1810-2003

    Mss 118: Crapo, Clifford & Clifford Records, 1710-1927

    Mss 119: Plainville Christian Church Records

    Mss 120: George C. Perkins Collection

    Mss 122: Hathaway Family Papers

    Mss 124: Lucy Holmes Papers, 1852-1982

    Mss 127: Deborah Smith Taber Family Papers, 1816-1882

    Mss 130: Rotch Family Papers, 1811-1850

While whaling (and other mercantile) logbooks and journals are technically part of the manuscript collections the unpredictable range and scope of their provenance demands that they be segregated from any direct relationship to their associated business management papers. As much as possible, management information is included in the records for the logbook and journal collection which can then serve as a guide to finding more information in the larger manuscript collection.

Last Modified: April 23, 2014