Logbooks and Journals

Welcome to the general citation search page for the logbook and journal collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library. The Museum's logbook and journal database has been recently updated and can be downloaded (an excel spreadsheet) by clicking on the the text link. This database is not set up for detailed subject searches. However, subject searches are possible through the Search Library page of the Museum's website.

There are three separate collections held in this Library, "KWM," "ODHS," and "NBW." Please note that logbook or journal numbers without a prefix are assumed to be "KWM" or from the Kendall Whaling Museum logbook and journal collection held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum since 2001.

For the purposes of Interlibrary Loan of microfilm reels it is important to note whether or not there is a prefix for the logbook number in which you are interested. In many cases multiple holdings for the same voyage are to be found in either collection. Microfilm reels are available on Interlibrary Loan with the appropriate form from your local or university library, one reel per loan at the cost of $15.00 per reel. Please contact research@whalingmuseum.org with questions or comments about access or material content, and please contact Senior Maritime Historian Michael P. Dyer  or Librarian Mark Procknik to arrange an Interlibrary Loan.

Digitized Logbooks

Some logbooks in the Library's collection have been digitized, but not every logbook in the Library's vast collection is available in a digital version.  If you would like to see a digital copy of one of the Library's logbooks, please contact Mark Procknik for further details. 

The following logbooks have been digitized with funds provided by the North Pacific Research Board, secured through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

KWM 13: Alfred Gibbs (Ship), 1851 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 37: California (Bark), 1894 - 1895 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 40A: California (Bark), 1905 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 40B: William Baylies (Steam bark), 1906 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 51A: Phillipe de la Noye (Ship), 1852 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 51B: Cicero (Ship), 1853 - 1856 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 55: Congress (Ship), 1864 - 1867 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 62: Corinthian (Ship), 1862 - 1866 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 74: Eliza Adams (Ship), 1863 - 1867 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 104: Horatio (Bark), 1896 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 105: Hudson (Ship), 1855 - 1859 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 112: Islander (Bark), 1865 - 1869 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 122A: Josephine (Ship), 1856 - 1859 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 122B: Josephine (Ship), 1859 - 1862 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 122C: Josephine (Ship), 1863 - 1867 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 122D: Contest (Ship), 1868 - 1870 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 130A: Stephania (Ship), 1847 - 1850 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 130B: Louisa (Bark), 1850 - 1853 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 132: Lydia (Bark), 1865 - 1869 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 143: Mermaid (Bark), 1896 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 147: Milo (Ship), 1863 - 1869 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 149: Mt. Vernon (Ship), 1849 - 1852 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 155: Navy (Ship), 1859 - 1864 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 156: Navy (Bark), 1869 - 1871 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 176: Roman II (Ship), 1850 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 178: Rousseau (Ship), 1849 - 1853 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 180: Saratoga (Ship), 1857 - 1858 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 181: Saratoga (Ship), 1858 - 1860 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 192: Trident (Bark), 1869 - 1871 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 319A: Eliza Adams (Ship), 1851 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 319B: Roman (Bark), 1851 - 1855 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 319C: Sea (Ship), 1851 - 1855 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
KWM 370: Betsey Williams (Ship), 1851 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 6: Helen Snow (Bark), 1871 - 1872 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 7: Seneca (Bark), 1869 - 1871 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobie device
ODHS 18: Cicero (Bark), 1860 - 1865 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 205: William Baylies (Steam bark), 1901 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 272: Navarch (Steam bark), 1897 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 282: Henry Taber (Bark), 1868 - 1871 View Logbook View Logbook on your  mobile device
ODHS 284: Rousseau (Bark), 1853 - 1857 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 385A: Fortune (Bark), 1847 - 1850 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 385B: Fortune (Bark), 1850 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 390: Hibernia (Ship), 1866 - 1869 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 392: Marcia (Ship), 1857 - 1861 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 395: Milo (Ship), 1849 - 1851 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 399: Niagara (Ship), 1851 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 413: Cleone (Bark), 1858 - 1862 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 414: Cleone (Bark), 1864 - 1868 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 417A: America II (Ship), 1849 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 417B: America II (Ship), 1849 - 1850 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 417C: America II (Ship), 1850 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 417D: America II (Ship), 1850 - 1851 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 436A: Eliza Adams (Ship), 1846 - 1849 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 436B: Saratoga (Ship), 1849 - 1852 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 448A: Almira (Ship), 1864 - 1868 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 450: Adeline (Ship), 1850 - 1853 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 515: Daniel Webster (Ship), 1848 - 1852 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 608A: Louisa (Bark), 1874 - 1878 View Logbook         View Logbook on your mobile device 
ODHS 608B: Charles W. Morgan (Bark), 1878 - 1881 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 609A: Bounding Billow (Ship), 1881 - 1882 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 609B: Fleetwing (Ship), 1882 - 1883 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 614: Nassau (Ship), 1850 - 1853 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 644: Young Phoenix (Bark), 1885 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 654A: John and Winthrop (Bark), 1889-1890 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 654B: Rosario (Schooner), 1891 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 654C: Stamboul (Bark), 1891 - 1892 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 669: Gay Head (Ship), 1856 - 1860 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 698: California (Ship), 1849 - 1851 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 749: Navy (Ship), 1859 - 1864 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 769: John Wells (Bark), 1869 - 1871 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 848: Betsey Williams (Ship), 1851 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 922: Moctezuma (Ship), 1857 - 1861 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 928: Corinthian (Ship), 1851 - 1854 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 939: Progress (Bark), 1880 - 1881 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 946: Nimrod (Ship), 1857 - 1861 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 948A: Grampus (Steam barkentine), 1888 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 948B: Grampus (Steam barkentine), 1889 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 949: Mary D. Hume (Steam brigantine), 1890         View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 950: Newport (Bark), 1892 - 1898 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 951A: Beluga (Steam bark), 1897 - 1899 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 952A: Beluga (Steam bark), 1900 - 1901 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 953: Beluga (Steam bark), 1902 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 954: Beluga (Steam bark), 1903 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 955: William Baylies (Steam bark), 1905 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 956A: William Baylies (Steam bark), 1906 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 956B: William Baylies (Steam bark), 1907 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 958: Herman (Steam bark), 1910 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 959: Herman (Steam bark), 1911 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 961: Fleetwing (Bark), 1881 - 1882 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 980A: Beluga (Steam bark), 1894 - 1896 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 981: Orca (Steam bark), 1897 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 993: Splendid (Ship), 1862 - 1867 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 994: Frances (Ship), 1850 - 1852 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
ODHS 995: Eliza F. Mason (Ship), 1853 - 1857 View Logbook View Logbook on your mobile device
     

Library-based digitization is achieved through in-house capabilities in addition to the Museum's association with the Digital Commonwealth.

Last Modified: October 13, 2014