Inventory of the Dawes Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith Downey; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Dawes Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Separations List

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Dawes Family Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Dawes Family Papers
Date Span:
1821-1944
Creator:
Dawes family
Mss Number:
Mss 20
Extent:
1.5 linear feet
Abstract:
Business records and personal papers of a Duxbury, Massachusetts, family, 1821-1944.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Members of the Dawes family of Duxbury, Massachusetts, were chiefly involved with shipping and mercantile activities between 1821-1844. Most notable among these individuals was Josephus Dawes (1820-ca. 1910), a son of Abraham Dawes (1787-ca. 1867), who acted as a captain of several vessels involved in foreign and domestic trade and owned an interest in several others. He served as captain aboard the Valetta (Bark) in the 1860s, engaging in trade along the coast of China. He also was master of the Annie W. Weston (Bark) from the time of her first voyage in 1866 until 1871, trading at Philadelphia, Pa.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Great Britain. Two of Josephus' brothers, Allen (1821-ca. 1871) and James H. (1826-1905) also served as captains aboard merchant ships out of Duxbury, Mass., between 1865-1885.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers in this collection concentrate on the business activities of Josephus Dawes from 1862-1879. His papers include masters' and crew members' accounts; account books; ship building, outfitting and repair records; legal documents; bills and receipts; and business correspondence) including a letter book from owners of the Valetta (Bark), 1862-1865. These are supplemented by personal papers consisting of tax receipts, 1841-1910, and an autobiographical sketch, ca. 1910.

Also represented by materials in this collection are other Dawes family members and relatives by marriage. Abraham Dawes' papers, 1840-1868, include personal account books which contain accounts relating to other family members and to the settlement of his estate; legal documents; and tax receipts. Papers of Sally Freeman Dawes (d. 1877); Eunice Dawes Tanner (b. 1848); James H. Dawes; and Edward W. Winsor (fl. 1869) consist of letters written to Josephus Dawes in 1869. Papers for another son of Josephus Dawes, Frank H. Dawes (ca. 1852-1937) encompass tax receipts for 1881 through 1937 and journals kept on board merchant ships, 1873-1883, which have been removed to the logbook collection. Frank H. Dawes' son, Robert A. Dawes (fl. 1911) and grandson, Robert A. Dawes Jr. (fl. 1943), are represented by correspondence and military order books reflecting their service in the U.S Navy from 1911-1937 and 1943-1944, respectively.

Materials in the Dawes collection have been organized into sub-groups representing the papers of the individual family members. These sub-groups have been chronologically listed in the inventory by each person's date of birth. The papers, organized into series by type of document, are arranged in chronological order except for correspondence, which is first divided by year, then alphabetically arranged by the name of the writer.

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to the Collection

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 20 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Separations List

Removed to Photographs Collection

- 60 photographs of World War I era, of ships and soldiers involved in various naval activities in the Pacific, and one of Josephus Dawes in his late years.
- 12 negatives of ships and men at Yokahama and the Philippines, ca. 1922, 1923.

Removed to Objects Collection

- 3 post cards; 2 of storm on the Atlantic with the naval fleet and 1 of boat landing and the USS Santee, ca. 1910-1920.

Removed to Log Book Collection

- Coringa (Bark), 1874-1878; ODHS # 1035C
- Edward H. May (Bark), 1880-1883; ODHS # 1033A
- Emma C. Beal (Bark), 1872-1874; ODHS # 1035A
- Paul Revere (Ship), March-July 1883; ODHS # 1033B
- Reynard (Ship), 1858-1859; ODHS # 1034
- Roving Sailor (Bark), April 25-29, 1873; ODHS # 1035B
- War Hawk (Ship), 1856-1857; ODHS # 1032B
- Witchcraft (Ship), 1855-1856; ODHS # 1032A

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Administrative Information

Provenance

These materials were presented to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society in May 1980 as part of the International Marine Archives collection.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 11 July 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 14 February 2012

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

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Description

Sub-group 1: Abraham Dawes Papers, 1840, 1843, 1849-1868 [1 inch]
Sub-group 1 contains the account books, legal documents, and tax receipts and instructions of Abraham Dawes.
Series A: Account Books, 1849-1868
Box 1
Volume 1
1849-1852
Volume 2
1852-1868
Includes estate accounts
Volume 3
1865
Also includes prayers and religious meditations
Series B: Legal Documents, 1840-1868
Folder 1
Bill of sale, 1840, 1855
Folder 2
Lease, 1843
Folder 3
Estate accounts, 1868
Series C: Tax Receipts, 1863-1867
Folder 1
1863, 1864, 1867
Series D: Instructions, ca. 1840
Folder 1
Instructions on raising Indian corn, ca. 1840
Sub-group 2: Allen Dawes Papers, 1849-1868, 1871 [3 items]
Sub-group 2 consists of Allen Dawes' account books and estate records.
Series A: Account Books, 1849-1868
Volume 1
1849-1852
SEE Sub-group 1, Series A, Volume 1
Volume 2
1852-1868
SEE Sub-group 1, Series A, Volume 2
Series B: Estate Records, 1871
Folder 1
Receipt, 1871
Sub-group 3: Josephus Dawes Papers, 1841-1910 [1 linear foot]
Sub-group 3 contains the business records including masters' and crew members' accounts; account books; shipbuilding, outfitting, and repair records; legal documents; bills and receipts; and correspondence; and personal papers consisting of tax receipts and an autobiographical sketch all pertaining to Josephus Dawes.
Series A: Business Records, 1862-1879
Sub-series 1: Account Books, 1866-1879
Volume 1
1866-1879
Volume 2
1869
Sub-series 2: Accounts Current, 1867-1871
Folder 1
1867-1868
Folder 2
1869-1871
Sub-series 3: Masters' and Crew Members' Accounts, 1867-1871
Folder 1
Masters' accounts, 1867-1870
Folder 2
Crew members' accounts, 1867, 1868
Folder 3
Crew members' accounts, 1869
Folder 4
Crew members' accounts, 1870-1871
Sub-series 4: Shipbuilding, Outfitting, and Repair Records, 1866-1871
Folder 1
Journal concerning building of Annie W. Weston (Ship), 1866-1867
Folder 2
Bills and receipts for shipbuilding, 1867-1870
Folder 3
Lists of spars, riggings, and chains for ships, ca. 1867
Folder 4-6
Bills and receipts for first outfitting of ship, 1867-1870
Folder 7-9
Repairs to ships, 1867-1871
Sub-series 5: Wharfage, Pilot, and Discharge of Cargo Records, 1867-1871
Folder 1
1867-1868
Folder 2
1869-1870
Folder 3
1871
Sub-series 6: U.S. Customs, Consular, and Immigration Records, 1864-1871
Box 2
Folder 1
1864, 1867-1868
Folder 2
1869
Folder 3
1870-1871
Sub-series 7: Invoices and Freight Bills, 1867-1870
Folder 1
1867-1870
Sub-series 8: Claims for Cargo Damages, 1867-1869
Folder 1
1867-1869
Sub-series 9: Bills and Receipts, 1862-1871, 1900
Folder 1-2
1862, 1865, 1867
Folder 3-4
1868
Folder 5-7
1869
Folder 8-9
1870
Folder 10-11
1871
Folder 12
1900
Sub-series 10: Seamen's Protection Papers, 1854-1857, 1859, 1862
Folder 1
1854-1857, 1859, 1862
Sub-series 11: Sailing Charts, 1821-1871
Folder 1-8
Atlantic Ocean: general navigation, trade winds, and wind and current charts, 1854
Folder 9
Azores: general navigation chart, 1855
Folder 10
Baltic Sea: general navigation chart, 1859
Folder 11
Brazilian coast: general navigation chart, 1870
Folder 12
California coast: general navigation chart, 1854
Folder 13
Cape Horn: general navigation chart, 1858
Folder 14-22
China Sea and coast: general navigation and pilot charts, 1821, 1840-1862
Folder 23
Finland, Gulf of: general navigation chart, 1859
Folder 24-31
Indian Ocean: wind and current, pilot, and general navigation charts, 1825, 1831, 1853
Folder 32-35
Indonesia: general navigation charts, 1853, 1857
Folder 36
North Sea: pilot chart, 1859
Folder 37-42
Pacific Ocean: wind and current charts, 1850, 1852
Folder 43
St. Lawrence River and Gulf: general navigation, 1844
Folder 44
Annie W. Weston sail plan, ca. 1866-1871
Sub-series 12: Legal Documents, 1861, 1867
Box 3
Folder 1
Agreement, 1861
Power of attorney, 1867
Sub-series 13: Correspondence, 1855-1871
Folder 1
1855-1861
Volume 1
1862-1865
Folder 2
1868
Folder 3-4
1869
Folder 5
1871
Series B: Personal Papers, 1841-1910
Sub-series 1: Account Books, 1849-1868
Volume 1
1849-1852
SEE Sub-group 1, Series A, Volume 1
Volume 2
1852-1868
SEE Sub-group 1, Series A, Volume 2
Sub-series 2: Parish and Pew Tax Receipts, 1842-1885
Folder 1
1841-1869
Folder 2
1870-1885
Sub-series 3: State, Country, and Town Tax Receipts, 1841-1910
Volume 1
1841-1909
Folder 1
1841-1855
Folder 2
1856-1862
Folder 3
1863-1876
Folder 4
1877-1886
Folder 5
1887-1910
Sub-series 4: U.S. Internal Revenue Excise Tax Receipts, 1861-1869
Folder 1
1861-1869
Sub-series 5: Autobiographical Sketch, ca. 1910
Folder 1
ca. 1910
Sub-group 4: Sally Freeman Dawes Papers, 1869 [6 items]
Sub-group 4 contains the letters of Sally Freeman Dawes to her husband, Josephus Dawes, along with tickets.
Series A: Correspondence, 1869
Folder 1
1869
Series B: Tickets, 1869
Folder 1
1869
Sub-group 5: James H. Dawes Papers, 1849-1869 [5 items]
Sub-group 5 consists of the account books of James H. Dawes as well as letters to his brother, Josephus Dawes.
Series A: Accounts Books, 1849-1868
Volume 1
1849-1852
SEE Sub-group 1, Series A, Volume 1
Volume 2
1852-1868
SEE Sub-group 1, Series A, Volume 2
Series B: Correspondence, 1869
Folder 1
1869
Sub-group 6: Eunice Dawes Tanner Papers, 1869 [5 items]
Sub-group 6 contains Eunice Dawes Tanner's letters to her parents, Josephus and Sally Dawes.
Series A: Correspondence, 1869
Folder 1
1869
Sub-group 7: Edward W. Winsor Papers, 1869 [2 items]
Sub-group 7 consists of the letters of Edward W. Winsor to his uncle, Josephus Dawes.
Series A: Correspondence, 1869
Folder 1
1869
Sub-group 8: Frank H. Dawes Papers, 1881, 1911-1937 [27 items]
Sub-group 8 contains state, county, and town tax receipts all relating to Frank H. Dawes.
Series A: State, Country, and Town Tax Receipts, 1881-1937
Folder 1
1881, 1911-1923
Folder 2
1924-1937
Sub-group 9: Robert A. Dawes Papers, 1911-1919, 1931-1932, 1937 [17 items]
Sub-group 9 consists of the business and personal correspondence of Robert A. Dawes.
Series A: Correspondence, 1911-1937
Folder 1
1911-1918
Folder 2
1919, 1931-1932
Folder 3
Letters from Peter Plant to his father, 1937
Sub-group 10: Robert A. Dawes Jr. Papers, ca.1860, 1943-1944 [3 items]
Sub-group 10 contains Robert A. Dawes Jr's military order books along with Shipmaster's Association of Shanghai records.
Series A: Military Order Books, 1943-1944
Volume 1
Captain's night orders for U.S.S. Warrington, Pacific Ocean, 1943-1944
Volume 2
Captain's night orders for U.S.S. Warrington, Pacific Ocean, Feb. - July 1944
Series B: Shipmaster's Association of Shanghai Records, ca. 1860
Folder 1
By-laws and membership list, ca. 1860

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Added Entries

Account books--Duxbury, Mass.--1840-1879
Business records--Mass.--Duxbury
China--Commerce--United States
Churches--Mass.--Duxbury--Taxation
Dawes, Abraham, 1787-ca. 1867
Dawes, Allen, 1812-ca. 1871
Dawes, Allyn, 1812-ca. 1871 SEE Dawes, Allen, 1812-ca.1871
Dawes, Frank H., d. 1937
Dawes, James H., 1826-1905
Dawes, Josephus, 1820-ca. 1910
Dawes, Robert A. Jr., fl. 1943
Dawes, Robert A., fl. 1911
Dawes, Sally Freeman, d. 1887
Decedents' estates--Mass.--Duxbury
Duxbury, Mass. First Parish
Duxbury, Mass.--Commerce
Great Britain--Commerce--United States
Internal Revenue--Mass.--Duxbury
Local taxation--Mass--Duxbury
Merchant seamen--Mass.--Duxbury
Merchant seamen--Mass.--Duxbury--Salaries,pensions, etc.
Merchant ships--Mass.--Duxbury
Packets
Parishes--Mass.--Duxbury--Taxation
Philadelphia, Pa.--Commerce
Poll-tax--Mass.--Duxbury
San Francisco, Calif.--Commerce
Ship's papers
Shipbuilding--Mass.--Boston
Shipmasters--Mass.--Duxbury
Shipping--Mass.--Duxbury
Ships--Equipment and supplies
Shipyards--Mass.--Boston
Tanner, Eunice Dawes, b. 1848
Taxation of personal property--Mass.--Duxbury
Taxation, State
Taxation--Mass.--Duxbury
United States--Commerce--China
United States--Commerce--Great Britain
Winsor, Edward W., fl. 1869

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Vessel Names

Annie W. Weston (Bark)
Emma C. Beal (Bark)
USS Warrington (Ship)

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