Inventory of the Rotch Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Ellen Hassig Ressmeyer, with assistance from Patricia J. Albright and Helen Frasier.; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Rotch Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

Table of Contents

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Related Materials

Separations List

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Rotch Family Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Rotch Family Papers
Date Span:
1764-1947
Creator:
Rotch family
Mss Number:
Mss 2
Extent:
9 linear feet
Abstract:
Business records and personal papers of a Nantucket and New Bedford, Massachusetts, family, 1764-1947.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Between ca. 1760-1900, members of the Rotch family of Nantucket and New Bedford, Mass., played a vital role in the development of their communities as centers of the whaling industry. The family's close association with New Bedford began in 1787 with the emigration of William Rotch Jr. from Nantucket, where he had been trained in the counting house of William Rotch Sr. & Sons. Young Rotch established his own business which, in turn, launched the careers of three of his sons, William Rodman, Joseph, and Thomas, as merchants involved in different aspects of the whaling industry. Business ventures directed or financially supported by the Rotches between 1787-1896 included William Rotch Jr. & Sons, William R. Rotch & Company, Rotch Wharf Company, Rotch Candle House, and New Bedford Cordage Company. Members of the family also held a vital interest in numerous local banks and textile mills. While most Rotches were merchants and businessmen, the family also included a notable inventor and other individuals not involved in commercial pursuits.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers in this collection reflect the activities of Rotch family members between 1764-1947. In particular, these materials focus on the business affairs of William Rotch Sr. (1734-1828), William Rotch Jr. (1759-1850), three of the younger William's sons, William Rodman (1788-1860), Joseph (1790-1839), and Thomas (1791-1840), and Joseph's son, William James Rotch (1819-1893). Dominating the collection are correspondence, directors' minutes, ships' papers, legal documents, financial accounts, and other records of William Rotch Jr. & Sons, 1789-1863, William R. Rotch & Company, 1813-1859, Rotch Wharf Company, 1831-1896, and Rotch Candle House, 1839-1849, as well as similar documents reflecting other Rotch family commercial interests. A related group of materials, dating from 1768-1870, consists of the business, personal, and estate records of James Arnold (1781-1868), partner and son-in-law of William Rotch Jr.

This collection also encompasses papers concerning noncommercial activities of various Rotches. Notable among these items are specifications and patents, ca. 1797-1822, for improvements in whaling and fishing equipment and domestic devices invented by Francis Rotch (1750-1822), and correspondence, journals, and memoirs written by various Rotch women. The latter documents, dating from about 1821-1910, concern family life, religious attitudes, travel experiences, and social activities of Mary Rotch (1777-1848), Anne Waln Morgan Rotch (1800-1884), Eliza Rotch Farrar (1791-1870), and Anne Hudson Morgan (1850-1947).

Materials in the Rotch Collection have been organized into sub-groups representing business records and personal papers of family members. These sub-groups are listed in the inventory in rough chronological order according to the birthdate of each person. Business and personal papers remain intermingled within each sub-group, thus reflecting the arrangement scheme used by the Rotches themselves. Whenever possible, correspondence has been chronologically divided by year, then alphabetically arranged within each year by name of writer. Other papers, organized into series by type of document, are arranged in chronological order except for ship's papers, which are grouped according to name of vessel. Researchers should note that most of the correspondence of William Rotch Sr. consists of transcripts. The locations of the originals of these documents is described in the Collection File for Mss 2. Published works which may serve as guides to persons and businesses represented in this collection include The Rotches, by John M. Bullard (1947) and Joseph L. McDevit Jr.'s The House of Rotch (1978).

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to Collections

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 2, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 130: Rotch Family Papers

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Separations List

Removed to Photographs Collection

- Five photographs of Rotch family members, homes and businesses, ca. 1830-1960.
- Three daguerreotypes of Rotch family members, ca. 1850.
- Seven prints of Rotch fleet and whaling scenes, ca. 1930.

Removed to Printed Collection

- Great Britain. An Act for the Further Increase and Encouragement of Shipping and Navigation, 1786.
- Great Britain. An Act for the Further Increase and Encouragement of Shipping and Navigation, 1790.
- Harvard University. Proceedings of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Graduation of the Class of 1841, 1892.
- Hicks, Elias. A Doctrinal Epistle...Purporting to be an Exposition of Christian Doctrine Respecting the Nature and Office of Jesus Christ, 1824.
- Hole in the Wall: or a Peep at the Creed-Worshippers, 1828 (2 copies)
- Farrar, Mrs. John. Recollections of Seventy Years, 1866.
- Ricketson, Daniel. History of New Bedford..., 1858.

Removed to Maps Collection

- Cartes Taride. Environs de Paris ..., ca. 1920.

Removed to Broadside Collection

- "Pavilion of the Gigantic Whale, Charing Cross," 1827.
- Rotch coat of arms. (2 drawings)

Removed to Objects Collection

- Sixteen military and fraternal medals, ca. 1890-1940.
- Seven military insignia for a uniform, ca. 1917.
- Two patches, ca. 1917.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The major portion of papers in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society on 17 May 1946 as a bequest from the estate of Francis Rotch. Other materials were either purchased by or donated to the Society between ca. 1928-1981.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ellen Hassig Ressmeyer, with assistance from Patricia J. Albright and Helen Frasier., ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 29 April 2011; box list amended by Mark Procknik, 23 June 2011

Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Description

Sub-group 1: William Rotch Sr. Papers, 1765-1821 [6 inches]
Sub-group 1 consists of business and personal correspondence, financial accounts, ship's papers, legal documents, and an autobiographical sketch pertaining to William Rotch Sr.
Series A: Correspondence, 1771-1812
Researchers should note that the letters in this series have been indexed, and a digital copy of the full index is available through the Museum's website by clicking here: FULL INDEX TO SERIES A
Box 1
Folder 1
1771
Folder 2
1785
Folder 3
1786
Folder 4
1787-1791
Folder 5-6
1792
Folder 7
1793-1795, 1802-1812
Series B: Financial Records, 1765-1814
Sub-series 1: Journals, 1769-1779
Volume 1
1769-1772
Volume 2
1771-1775
Volume 3
1775-1779
Sub-series 2: Bills and Receipts, 1778-1779
Folder 1
1778-1779
Sub-series 3: Ships' Papers, 1765-1814
Folder 1
Neptune (Sloop), 1765
Patience (Sloop), ca. 1785
Peggy (Snow), 1776
Folder 2
Polly (Sloop), ca. 1785-1814
Series C: Legal Documents, 1781-1821
Folder 1
Deeds and Leases, 1781, 1795, 1821
Series D: Autobiographical Sketch, ca. 1814
Volume 1
"Copy of an Autobiographical Memoir of William Rotch," ca. 1814
Sub-group 2: Francis Rotch Papers, ca.1797-1822 [5 inches]
Sub-group 2 consists of correspondence and patent specifications relating to Francis Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1811-1820
Box 2
Folder 1
1811, 1814-1815
Folder 2
1816
Folder 3
1817
Folder 4
1818, 1820
Folder 5
Undated
Series B: Bills and Receipts, 1815
Folder 1
1815
Series C: Patent Papers, ca. 1797-1822
Sub-series 1: Specifications, 1812-1822
Folder 1
1812-1813
Folder 2
1814
Folder 3-5
1815
Folder 6
1817
Folder 7
1818-1819
Folder 8
1811
Folder 9-10
Undated
Sub-series 2: Notes, Drafts, Drawings, 1815-1821
Folder 1
1815
Folder 2
1817
Folder 3
1821
Folder 4
Undated
Sub-series 3: French Patent Papers, ca. 1797-1806
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1800-1801, 1806
Folder 2
Legal Documents, ca. 1797-1806
Folder 3
Notes, ca. 1797-1806
Sub-group 3: William Rotch Jr. Papers, 1789-1863 [2 linear feet]
Sub-group 3 consists of business correspondence, financial accounts, and ship's papers relating to William Rotch Jr. This sub-series also contains legal documents chiefly relating to William Rotch Jr. & Sons.
Series A: Correspondence, 1790-1837
Box 3
Folder 1
1790
Volume 1
1792-1796
Folder 2
1796-1797
Volume 2
1796-1797
Volume 3
1798-1800
Folder 3
1799-1800
Box 4
Volume 4
1800-1804
Volume 5
1804-1808
Folder 4
1805, 1807, 1813
Folder 5
1814-1816
Folder 6
1818-1824, 1837
Series B: Financial Accounts, 1789-1846
Sub-series 1: Day books, 1799-1829
Box 5
Volume 1
1799-1829
Sub-series 2: Journals, 1813-1816
Volume 1
1813-1816
Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1796-1807
Volume 1
1796-1807
Sub-series 4: Petty Ledgers, 1790-1802
Volume 1
1790-1801
Volume 2
1796-1802
Sub-series 5: Cash Books, 1788-1835
Box 6
Volume 1
1788-1793
Volume 2
1796-1799
Also includes cash book records for William R. Rotch & Company, 1820-1849
Volume 3
1814-1821
Volume 4
1831-1835
Sub-series 6: Sales Account Books, 1789-1796
Box 7
Volume 1
1789-1796
Sub-series 7: Bank Books, 1824-1846
Volume 1
Bedford Commercial Bank, 1842-1846
Volume 2
Fairhaven Bank, 1831-1837
Volume 3
Merchants Bank, 1824-1835
Sub-series 8: Invoices of Shipments, 1807-1819
Volume 1
1807-1809, 1818-1819
Sub-series 9: Bills and Receipts, 1795-1840
Folder 1
1795-1803, 1808-1817
Folder 2
1818-1828, 1833-1840
Sub-series 10: Ships' Papers, 1794-1825
Folder 1
Butler (Sloop), 1816
Clipper (Schooner), 1810-1815
Folder 2
Governor Strong (Sloop), 1815
Harponier (Ship), 1804
Industry (Schooner), 1794
Lydia (Ship), 1799
Mary (Schooner), 1805
Neptune (Ship), 1813
New Hazard (Brig), Undated
Parthian (Brig), 1823
Regulator (Sloop), 1815
Susan (Ship), 1800
Sylph (Schooner), 1813
Folder 3
William (Ship), 1819
William Thacher (Brig), 1819-1825
Series C: Legal Documents, 1801-1832
Folder 1
Deeds, Estate Records, 1801, 1806, 1809, 1815, 1832
Series D: Stock Certificates, 1819-1848
Folder 1
For New Bedford Bridge Company, 1819-1848
Series E: Estate Records, 1851-1863
Folder 1
1851-1852, 1863
Sub-group 4: Benjamin Rotch Papers, 1818, 1827 [3 items]
Sub-group 4 consists of the personal correspondence of Benjamin Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1818, 1827
Box 8
Folder 1
1818, 1827
Sub-group 5: Thomas Rotch Papers, 1795-1822 [11 items]
Sub-group 5 consists of business correspondence, house designs, and specifications relating to Thomas Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1795-1822
Folder 1
1795, 1800, 1822
Series B: House Designs and Specifications, ca. 1796-1810
Folder 1
ca. 1796-1810
Sub-group 6: Mary Rotch Papers, 1843-1847 [5 items]
Sub-group 6 consists of the personal correspondence of Mary Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1843-1847
Folder 1
1843-1847
Sub-group 7: William Rodman Rotch Papers, 1813-1859 [10 inches]
Sub-group 7 contains business correspondence, financial accounts, ships' papers, legal documents, and stock certificates, chiefly relating to William R. Rotch & Company.
Series A: Correspondence, 1816-1852
Folder 1
1816, 1818
Volume 1
1818-1838
Folder 2
1824
Folder 3
1825
Folder 4
1826-1827
Folder 5
1828-1829
Folder 6
1830
Folder 7
1831
Folder 8
1832-1835
Folder 9
1847-1849
Folder 10
1852
Series B: Financial Records, 1813-1859
Sub-series 1: Journals, 1824-1843
Volume 1
1824-1832
Volume 2
1834-1843
Sub-series 2: Ledgers, 1817-1831
Volume 1
1817-1831
Sub-series 3: Cash Books, 1820-1849
Box 9
Volume 1
1820-1849
See Sub-group 3, Series B, Sub-series 5, Volume 2
Sub-series 4: Sales Records, 1817-1836
Folder 1
1817
Folder 2
1818
Folder 3
1834-1836
Sub-series 5: Bills and Receipts, 1813-1859
Folder 1
1813, 1816, 1818-1819
Folder 2
1820-1832
Folder 3
1833
Folder 4
1834-1839
Folder 5
1846-1849
Folder 6
1853-1859
Sub-series 6: Ships' Papers, 1817-1835
Folder 1
Alfred (Ship), 1825
Ann (Sloop), 1826
Bedford (Sloop), 1825
Boston (Sloop), 1819
Catharine (Sloop), 1818-1819
Collector (Sloop), 1817-1818
Folder 2
Elizabeth (Bark), 1825, 1828-1829, 1833
Folder 3
Elizabeth (Ship), 1824-1825, 1828
Folder 4
Experiment (Sloop), 1824-1825
George and Albert (Ship), 1818
Henry (Sloop), 1819
Justina (Sloop), 1819
Minerva (Ship), 1824-1825, 1828
Folder 5
Orion (Ship), 1817
Orozimbo (Ship), 1833
Pomona (Sloop), 1819
Protection (Brig), 1817-1818
Rodman (Ship), 1819
Rodman (Sloop), 1820
Sarah (Brig), 1832-1835
Sophia (Ship), 1820
Timoleon (Ship), 1825
William & Mary (Schooner), 1817
Sub-series 7: Bank Drafts, 1819-1821
Folder 1
Bedford Commercial Bank, 1819-1821
Series C: Deeds, 1831-1848
Folder 1
1831-1834, 1848
Series D: New Bedford Bridge Company Records, 1851-1857
Folder 1
Correspondence, stock certificates, power of attorney, 1851-1857
Sub-group 8: Joseph Rotch Papers, 1809-1836 [57 items]
Sub-group 8 contains business correspondence, financial accounts, ships’ papers, and estate records pertaining to Joseph Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1829
Folder 1
1829
Series B: Financial Records, 1824-1836
Sub-series 1: Bank Books, 1835-1836
Folder 1
Bedford Commercial Bank, 1835-1836
Sub-series 2: Bills and Receipts, 1822-1836
Folder 1
1822-1830
Folder 2
1831-1836
Sub-series 3: Ships' Papers, 1829-1834
Folder 1
Benefactor (Brig), ca. 1834
Erie (Sloop), 1829
India (Ship), 1834
Jane (Schooner), 1830
Folder 2
Private underwriting accounts for whaleships, 1833
Series C: Estate Records, 1820-1831
Folder 1
Correspondence, bills and receipts of Richard C. Plummer, 1820-1831
Estate administered by Joseph Rotch
Series D: Notebook, 1809
Volume 1
"Joseph Rotch's Piece-Book, Sandwich Academy. 1809"
Contains calligraphy penmanship
Sub-group 9: Thomas Rotch Papers, 1810-1823 [23 items]
Sub-group 9 contains the business correspondence and financial records of Thomas Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1814
Folder 1
1814
Series B: Financial Records, 1810-1823
Folder 1
Sales accounts, bills, and receipts, 1810-1815, 1821, 1823
Sub-group 10: Francis Rotch Papers, 1819 [1 item]
Sub-group 10 contains a receipt of Francis Rotch.
Series A: Financial Records, 1819
Folder 1
Receipt, 1819
Sub-group 11: Anne Waln Morgan Rotch Papers, 1828-1867 [5 inches]
Sub-group consists of family correspondence and a journal concerning the European travels of Anne Waln Morgan Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1828, 1843-1846
Box 10
Volume 1
1828
Volume 2
1843-1844
Volume 3
1844-1845
Volume 4
1845-1846
Series B: Journals, 1864-1867
Volume 1
1864-1867
Sub-group 12: Eliza Rotch Farrar Papers, 1821-1830, 1861 [13 items]
Sub-group 12 contains the family correspondence and memorial of Eliza Rotch Farrar.
Series A: Correspondence, 1821-1830
Box 11
Folder 1
1821-1830
Series B: Memoir, 1861
Volume 1
"Memorials of the Life of Elizabeth Rotch, Being Recollections of a Mother, by Her Daughter...," 1861
Sub-group 13: Benjamin Rotch Papers, 1833 [1 item]
Sub-group 13 contains a business letter of Benjamin Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1833
Folder 1
1833
Sub-group 14: Benjamin Smith Rotch Papers, 1839-1849 [1 item]
Sub-group 14 consists of the Rotch Candle House day book.
Series A: Rotch Candle House Records, 1839-1849
Volume 1
Day book, 1839-1849
Contains William P.S. Cadwell apothecary bill, 1841
Sub-group 15: William James Rotch Papers, 1831-1896 [5 inches]
Sub-group 15 consists chiefly of directors' minutes, financial accounts, and estate records relating to Rotch Wharf Company, the Arnold Charitable Fund, and James Arnold.
Series A: Rotch Wharf Company Records, 1831-1896
Sub-series 1: Director's Records, 1831-1896
Box 12
Volume 1
Articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, 1831-1896
Sub-series 2: General Accounts, 1831-1896
Volume 1
Day book and journal, 1832-1896
Stock book and journal, 1831-1892
Series B: James Arnold Estate Papers, 1867-1882
Sub-series 1: Correspondence, 1869-1873, 1881
Folder 1
1869-1873, 1881
Sub-series 2: Financial Records, 1869-1882
Folder 1
Bills and receipts, 1869-1878, 1882
Folder 2
Bank drafts, 1870-1876
Sub-series 3: Wills, 1860-1867
Folder 1
1860-1867
Sub-series 4: Executors' Records, 1867-1874
Folder 1
Documents of William James Rotch and Francis Rotch, Executors of James Arnold Estate, 1867-1874
Series C: Arnold Charity Fund Papers, 1869-1884
Sub-series 1: Correspondence, 1870, 1881-1882
Folder 1
1870, 1881-1882
Sub-series 2: Financial Records, 1869-1884
Folder 1
Expenditure records, 1869-1884
Folder 2
Receipts, 1870-1884
Series D: Bills and Receipts, 1831-1871
Folder 1
1831, 1842, 1846-1855, 1860, 1870-1871
Series E: Journal, ca. 1842
Folder 1
"Buds for Babe," written for son Charles Morgan Rotch (1842-1845), ca. 1842
Sub-group 16: Francis Morgan Rotch Papers, 1830-1844, 1862 [15 items]
Sub-group 16 consists of programs, commission, and transcripts of Civil War letters relating to Francis Morgan Rotch.
Series A: Correspondence, 1862
Box 13
Folder 1
1862
Series B: Programs and Commission, 1830-1844, 1862
Folder 1
Exhibition and Class Day programs, Harvard University, 1830-1834, 1844
annotated
Folder 2
Military commission, 1862
Sub-group 17: Francis Rotch Papers, 1884-1914 [46 items]
Sub-group 17 consists of business correspondence, financial accounts, and the legal documents of Francis Rotch, principally concerning lumber businesses in Wisconsin and Washington.
Series A: Correspondence, 1888-1897
Folder 1
1888, 1896-1897
Series B: Financial Records, 1885-1902
Folder 1
Accounts, bills, receipts, insurance policies, 1885-1897
Folder 2
Stock certificates, 1886-1887, 1896-1897, 1902
Series C: Legal Documents, 1884-1899
Folder 1
Deeds, military discharge, 1884-1890, 1896, 1899
Sub-group 18: Anne Rotch Hudson Morgan Papers, 1907, 1910 [3 items]
Sub-group 18 consists of Anne Rotch Hudson Morgan's personal correspondence and memoir.
Series A: Correspondence, 1907
Folder 1
1907
Series B: Memoir, 1910
Volume 1
"A Book About Anne Morgan Rotch ...," 1910
Sub-group 19: Eliza Morgan Bates Swift Papers, 1915-1916 [13 items]
Sub-group 19 contains the business correspondence of Eliza Morgan Bates Swift.
Series A: Publication Papers, 1915-1916
Folder 1
Correspondence, notes, and agreement concerning publication of Journal of William Rotch, 1915-1916
Sub-group 20: John Morgan Bullard Papers, 1929-ca.1947 [9 items]
Sub-group 20 consists of correspondence, drafts, research notes relating to John Morgan Bullard.
Series A: Correspondence, 1929
Folder 1
1929
Series B: Drafts and Research Notes, ca. 1947
Folder 1
"Who Were the Rotches?", ca. 1947
Folder 2
"The English Rotches.", ca. 1947
Folder 3
"Francis Rotch, 1788-1874.", ca. 1947
Folder 4
"Benjamin Rotch Jr., 1793-1854.", ca. 1947
Folder 5
"Elizabeth Barker Rotch, an Exile From Home,", by Alfred Rodman Hussey, ca. 1947
Folder 6
"Memorandum Written by William Rotch in 1814 in the 80th Year of His Age.", ca. 1947
Folder 7
"The Respectful Petition of the Christian Society of Friends... February 10, 1791.", ca. 1947
Folder 8
Notes to "The Rotches", ca. 1947
Sub-group 21: Francis Rotch Papers, 1904-1944 [14 items]
Sub-group 21 consists of Francis Rotch's military papers and house specifications.
Series A: Military Papers, 1904-1944
Folder 1
Discharges, appointments, clippings, 1904-1944
Series B: House Specifications, 1935
Folder 1
1935
Sub-group 22: James Arnold Papers, 1817-1870 [9 inches]
Sub-group 22 consists of business and personal correspondence, financial accounts, ships' papers, and the estate records of James Arnold.
Series A: Correspondence, 1819, 1851-1868
Box 14
Folder 1
1819
Folder 2
1851-1867
Folder 3
1868
Series B: Financial Records, 1817-1868
Sub-series 1: Ledgers, 1817-1847
Volume 1
1817-1847
Sub-series 2: Cash Books, 1817-1843
Volume 1
1817-1843
Sub-series 3: Ships' Papers, 1831-1864
Folder 1
Arnolda (Ship), 1835, 1839
Barclay (Ship), 1834, 1843, 1850, 1852, 1854
Brunswick (Ship), 1851
Folder 2
Cambria (Ship), 1832, 1838
Volume 1
Cambria (Ship), 1842-1846
Folder 3
Cambria (Ship), 1851
Folder 4
Frances (Ship), 1830, 1832-1833, 1839, 1850, 1852, 1854
Folder 5
Henry Taber (Bark), 1855, 1859, 1864
Hillman (Ship), 1851, 1854, 1856, 1862
James Arnold (Ship), 1852-1853, 1857, 1861-1862
L. C. Richmond (Ship), 1841, 1844
Nimrod (Ship), 1850, 1854
Ocean Wave (Bark), 1856
Folder 6-8
Osceola (Brig), 1848, 1850
Folder 9
William (Ship), 1857
William and Eliza (Ship), 1831, 1835, 1848, 1852, 1855-1856
Sub-series 4: Bank Drafts, 1858-1868
Folder 1
1858-1868
Sub-series 5: Bills and Receipts, 1818-1868
Folder 1
1818, 1823-1824, 1831-1835
Folder 2
1840-1849
Folder 3
1850-1859
Folder 4
1868-1868
Series C: Legal Documents, 1826-1870
Sub-series 1: Mortgages, Deeds, Leases, 1832-1863
Folder 1
1832, 1839, 1844-1846, 1850
Folder 2
1854-1855, 1857-1859
Folder 3
1860-1863
Sub-series 2: Thomas Arnold Estate Records, 1826-1829
Volume 1
Account journal, 1826-1829
Also includes invoices of James Arnold, 1840-1844
Sub-series 3: Sarah Rotch Arnold Estate Records, 1850-1870
Folder 1
Financial documents, 1850, 1864, 1869-1870
Folder 2
Legal documents, 1853-1869
Series D: Memoranda and Certificates, 1828-1866
Folder 1
Insurance papers, lottery listings, stock memoranda, 1828, 1837, 1848, 1866
Sub-group 23: Thomas Arnold Papers, 1768-1814 [9 inches]
Sub-group 23 contains the business correspondence and financial accounts of Thomas Arnold.
Series A: Correspondence, 1784-1794
Box 15
Volume 1
1784-1794
Folder 1
1785-1786
Series B: Financial Records, 1768-1814
Sub-series 1: Ledgers, 1773-1800
Volume 1
1773-1796
Volume 2
1796-1800
Sub-series 2: Day books, 1785-1795
Volume 1
1785-1787
Volume 2
1790-1795
Sub-series 3: Bills and Receipts, 1768-1814
Folder 1
1768, 1783-1792, 1814
Sub-group 24: Miscellaneous Documents, ca.1808-1830 [5 items]
Sub-group 24 consists of circulars, drafts, and memoranda relating to the Rotch family.
Folder 1
Circulars, drafts, memoranda, ca. 1808-1830

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Added Entries

Account books--Nantucket, Mass.--1769-1779
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1788-1896
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1817-1868
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1839-1849
Account books--Providence, R.I.--1773-1800
Account books-New Bedford, Mass.--1831-1896
Arnold family
Arnold, James, 1781-1868
Arnold, Jonathan, 1706-1796
Arnold, Sarah Rotch, 1786-1860
Arnold, Thomas, 1752-1826
Benevolent institutions SEE Charities
Bullard, John Morgan, 1890-1965
Business records--Mass.--Nantucket
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Business records--R.I.--Providence
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
Candlemaking
Candles
Charitable bequests--Mass.--New Bedford
Charities--Mass.--New Bedford
Coastwise shipping--Mass.--New Bedford
Commission merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Decedents’ estates--Mass.--New Bedford
Discoveries (in science) SEE Patents
Docks--Mass.--New Bedford
Domestic relations--Mass.--New Bedford
Estates of decedents SEE Decedents’ estates
Factors SEE Commission merchants
Family--Mass.--New Bedford
Farrar, Eliza Rotch, 1791-1870
Friends
Friends in Massachusetts
Inventions--Mass.--New Bedford
Inventors--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant ships’ papers SEE Ships’ papers
Merchants--Mass.--Nantucket
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchants--R.I.--Providence
Morgan, Anne Rotch Hudson, 1850-1947
Nantucket, Mass.--Commerce
Nantucket, Mass.--Industries
New Bedford, Mass.-- Industries
New Bedford, Mass.--Benevolent and moral institutions and societies
New Bedford, Mass.--Charities
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New Bedford, Mass.--Docks, wharves, etc.
New Bedford, Mass.--Poor
Patents--France
Patents--U.S.--Mass.
Plummer, Richard C, 1801-1831
Poor relief SEE Charities
Poor--Mass.--New Bedford
Providence, R.I.--Commerce
Quakers SEE Friends
Relief (Aid) SEE Charities
Roach family SEE Rotch family
Roache family SEE Rotch family
Roch family SEE Rotch family
Roche family SEE Rotch family
Rotch Collection
Rotch, Anne Waln Morgan, 1800-1884
Rotch, Benjamin Smith, 1817-1882
Rotch, Benjamin, 1764-1839
Rotch, Benjamin, 1793-1854
Rotch, Francis Morgan, 1822-1863
Rotch, Francis, 1750-1822
Rotch, Francis, 1788-1874
Rotch, Francis, 1863-1918
Rotch, Francis, 1885-1945
Rotch, Joseph, 1790-1839
Rotch, Mary, 1777-1848
Rotch, Thomas, 1767-1823
Rotch, Thomas, 1792-1840
Rotch, William James, 1819-1893
Rotch, William Jr., 1759-1850
Rotch, William Rodman, 1788-1860
Rotch, William Sr., 1734-1828
Shipping--Mass.--New Bedford
Ships’ documents SEE Ships’ papers
Ships’ papers
Social welfare SEE Charities
Sperm-oil SEE Whale oil
Swift, Eliza Morgan Bates, 1879-1923
Travelers, Women--Mass.--New Bedford
Welfare SEE Charities
Whale fisheries SEE Whaling
Whale-oil
Whaling--Mass.--Nantucket
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Wharves--Mass.--New Bedford
William R. Rotch & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
William Rotch Jr. & Sons, New Bedford, Mass.
William Rotch Sr. & Sons, Nantucket, Mass.
Wills--Mass.--New Bedford
Women--Mass.--History
Women--Mass.--Social conditions

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Vessel Names

Alfred (Ship)
Ann (Sloop)
Arnolda (Ship)
Barclay (Ship)
Bedford (Sloop)
Benefactor (Brig)
Boston (Sloop)
Brunswick (Ship)
Butler (Sloop)
Cambria (Ship)
Catharine (Sloop)
Clipper (Schooner)
Collector (Sloop)
Elizabeth (Bark)
Elizabeth (Ship)
Erie (Sloop)
Experiment (Sloop)
Frances (Ship)
George and Albert (Ship)
Governor Strong (Sloop)
Harponier (Ship)
Henry (Sloop)
Henry Taber (Bark)
Hillman (Ship)
India (Ship)
Industry (Schooner)
James Arnold (Ship)
Jane (Schooner)
Justina (Sloop)
L. C. Richmond (Ship)
Mary (Schooner)
Minerva (Ship)
Neptune (Ship)
Neptune (Sloop)
New Hazard (Brig)
Nimrod (Ship)
Ocean Wave (Bark)
Orion (Ship)
Orozimbo (Ship)
Osceola (Brig)
Parthian (Brig)
Patience (Sloop)
Peggy (Snow)
Polly (Sloop)
Pomona (Sloop)
Protection (Brig)
Regulator (Sloop)
Rodman (Ship)
Rodman (Sloop)
Sarah (Brig)
Sophia (Ship)
Susan (Ship)
Sylph (Schooner)
Timoleon (Ship)
William (Ship)
William Thatcher (Brig)
William and Eliza (Ship)
William and Mary (Schooner)

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