Inventory of the Nye Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982; machine-readable finding aid created by: Caitlin HayesFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Nye Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

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Administrative Information

Description

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Inventory of the Nye Family Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Nye Family Papers
Date Span:
1772-1965
Creator:
Nye family
Mss Number:
Mss 26
Extent:
1 linear foot
Abstract:
Business and personal papers of the Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and Sandwich branches of a Massachusetts family, 1772-1965
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

The American progenitor of the Nye family of Massachusetts, Benjamin Nye, was one of the original settlers of the town of Sandwich. Papers in this collection relate to members of three branches of the family, located in Sandwich, Dartmouth, and Fairhaven, Mass. Notable among the Sandwich Nyes is Nathan Nye Jr. (1749-1826), a town official during much of his lifetime, and his son, Obed Butler Nye (1774-1864), a cabinetmaker. Gideon Nye Jr. (1812-1888), a prominent member of the Dartmouth branch of the family, went to Canton, China with a cousin, Francis S. Hathaway, in 1833 and remained there until his death. He was deeply involved with the China trade, especially that concerning tea, and served as Vice Consul from the United States at Canton. He also wrote essays, lectures and editorials, chiefly reporting his experiences in China.

The Fairhaven branch of the Nye family includes Thomas Nye (1768-1842) and his sons, William C. Nye (1792-1832), and Philip Nye (1799-1858), who were merchants, ship captains, and owners of vessels involved in foreign trade. Another son, Thomas Nye Jr., (1804-1882), became involved in the whaling industry and acted as agent in partnership with his brother Asa Russell Nye (1809-1858) for several vessels. Several more of Thomas Nye's sons also became involved in the family business.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers in this collection primarily reflect the life and activities of Gideon Nye Jr., between 1845-1888. These materials consist of business and personal correspondence, 1845-1888; essays and other writings by Nye concerning the China trade and China in general, 1850-1873; catalogs and art exhibition materials relating to his collection of "Old Masters", 1848-1858; obituaries of family members, friends, and contemporaries, 1869-1887; and biographical sketches, clippings, and programs, 1849-1965.

Also represented by material in this collection are other Nye family members and relatives by marriage. Nathan Nye Jr.'s papers consist of personal correspondence, ca. 1808, deeds, 1789-1792, and various types of estate records, 1825-1826. Obed Butler Nye's papers include business and personal correspondence, 1809-1826; indentures, 1802-1822; a marriage intention, 1808; bills and receipts, 1813-1827; and autographs and poems, ca. 1810-1857. Papers for Thomas, William C., and Philip Nye contain ship's papers consisting of manifests, entries of merchandise, customs inspection certificates and other records for numerous vessels in which they held an interest, 1800-1829. Most notable among these are the brigs Parthian, Fornax, and Indian Chief. Papers for Thomas Nye Jr. contain ship's papers consisting of outfitting books, a bill of sale, insurance policy and other records for several vessels for which he and his brother, Asa Russell Nye, served as agents, 1834-1860. Among these papers is a letter from the captain of the ship Herald 2nd describing a mutiny aboard the vessel, 1860, and one from Nye abandoning the insurance on the vessel.

Materials in the Nye Family Papers have been organized into sub-groups representing letters and other papers of Nyes, Tobeys, and other individuals related by marriage. These sub-groups have been listed in the inventory in alphabetical order by surname. Correspondence, whenever possible, is arranged within each year by the name of the writer. Other papers, organized into series by type of document, are arranged in chronological order except for ship's papers, which are grouped alphabetically by name of vessel. A published work which may serve as a guide to the persons represented in this collection is Genealogy of American Nyes of English origin, compiled by L. Bert Nye Jr.(1977). Materials in the Nye Family Papers have been organized into sub-groups representing letters and other papers of Nyes, Tobeys, and other individuals related by marriage. These sub-groups have been listed in the inventory in alphabetical order by surname. Correspondence, whenever possible, is arranged within each year by the name of the writer. Other papers, organized into series by type of document, are arranged in chronological order except for ship's papers, which are grouped alphabetically by name of vessel. A published work which may serve as a guide to the persons represented in this collection is A Genealogy of American Nyes of English origin, compiled by L. Bert Nye Jr. (1977).

Researchers should note that the Baker Library, Harvard University, owns daybooks and correspondence of Gideon Nye Jr., 1858-1898, presented to the library in 1932 and 1937 by James M. Henry and Sylvia H. Knowles.

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 26, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Separations List

Removed to Photographs Collection

- Photographs of Gideon Nye Jr., 1830-1835; 1863; n.d. 3 items.
- Group photograph with Gideon Nye Jr., in China, 1884.
- Photographs, probably of paintings by Clement Nye Swift. n.d. 2 items

Removed to Printed Collection

- Catalogue ... at the Gallery of the Lyceum Building, 1849. 2 copies
- Nye, Gideon, Jr., The Morning of my life in China, 1873. 2 copies.
- Some Indications of the Value and Appreciation of Mr. Nye's . . ., 1858

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Materials in this collection were donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Sylvia Knowles in 1962 and 1973.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Caitlin Hayes, 21 August 2012

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

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Description

Sub-group 1: Stephen Hathaway Papers, 1824 [1 item]
Sub-group 1 contains the will of Stephen Hathaway.
Series A: Will, 1824
Box 1
Folder 1
1824
Sub-group 2: Abigail Tobey Nye Papers, circa 1808 [4 items]
This group contains personal letters from friends
Series A: Correspondence, circa. 1808
Folder 1
circa, 1808
Sub-group 3: Gideon Nye Jr. Papers, 1845-1965 [6 inches]
This group contains business and personal correspondence; essays and other writings; art collection catalogs and exhibit material; "Necrologies"; biographical sketches, clippings, and programs.
Series A: Correspondence, 1845-1965
Folder 1
1845, 1848, 1851, 1888
Series B: Essays and other writings, 1850-1873
Folder 1
Tea: and the Tea Trade, 1850
Folder 2
The Rationale of the China Question, 1857
Folder 3
Reviews of the China Trade, circa 1857
Folder 4
Morning of my life in China, 1873
Folder 5
Peking my Goal- The Sole Hope of Peace, 1873
Folder 6
Death of the Young Emperor, circa 1875
Folder 7
Newspaper articles by Nye, circa, 1860-1879
Series C: Art Collection Catalogs and Exhibit Materials, 1848-1858
Folder 1
Catalogue... at the gallery of the National Academy of Design, 1848
Folder 2
Catalogue... at the Gallery of the Lyceum Building, 1849
Folder 3
Republication of essays upon art... at the Lyceum Building, 1849
Folder 4
Book of Signatures, Gallery of old Masters, Lyceum Gallery, circa, 1849
Folder 5
Catalogue... at the Gallery of the Old Art-Union, 1858
Folder 6
Art in America... to accompany some indications of the appreciation of Mr. Nye's collection by Henry T. Tuckerman, 1858
Folder 7
Catalogue of engravings; Catalogue of a collection of original oil paintings and engravings, circa 1858
Series D: "Necrologies," 1869-1887
Box 2
Volume 1
1869-1875
Folder 1
1869-1875
Volume 2
1875-1887
Folder 2
1875-1887
Series E: Biographical Sketches, Clippings, and Programs, 1849-1965
Folder 1
Biographical sketches, 1887, circa 1962
Folder 2
"Gideon Nye, and the Formosa Annexation Scheme" by Harold D. Langley 1965
Folder 3-4
Clippings, Nye's obituary, Nye family reunion, etc., circa, 1888-1920
Folder 5
Programs for Canton Regatta Club, 1849 and Centennial Celebration of American Independence at Canton, China, 1876
Centennial Celebration of American Independence at Canton, China, 1876
Sub-group 4: Jonathan Nye Papers, 1801-1816
Series A: Legal Documents, 1801, 1816
Folder 1
Deeds, 1801
Folder 2
Inventory of estate, 1816
Sub-group 5: Nathan Nye Jr. Papers 1789-1826
Series A: Correspondence circa,1808
Folder 1
Circa 1808
Series B: Legal Documents, 1789-1792
Sub-series 1: Deeds, 1789-1792
Folder 1
1789, 1792
Sub-series 2: Estate Records, 1825-1826
Folder 1
Will, 1825
Folder 2
Notice of probate, inventory of estate, 1826
Sub-group 6: Obed Nye Papers, 1777
Series A: Deeds, 1777
Folder 1
With Ezra Winslow, 1777
Sub-group 7: Obed Butler Nye Papers, 1802-1827
Series A: Correspondence, 1809-1826
Folder 1
1809, 1826
Series B: Legal Documents, 1802-1822
Sub-series 1: Indentures, 1802-1822
Folder 1
1802, 1811, 1822
Sub-series 2: Marriage intention, 1808
Folder 1
1808
Series C: Bill and Receipts, 1813-1827
Folder 1
1813, 1814, 1816, 1827
Series D: Autographs and Poems circa, 1810-1857
Folder 1
Autographs of U.S. presidents, 1829-1857
Folder 2
Poems, circa 1810
Sub-group 8: Philip Nye Papers, 1821-1823
Series A: Ship's papers, 1821-1823
Folder 1
Parthian (Brig), 1821-1823
Sub-group 9: Thomas Nye Papers, 1800-1943
Series A: Ship's Papers, 1800-1804
Folder 1
Amphibious (Sloop), 1804
Folder 2
Washington (Ship), 1800
Series B: Biographical Sketches, 1943
Folder 1
1943
Sub-group 10: Thomas Nye Jr. Papers, 1834-1860
Folder 1
Desdemona (Ship), 1844-1846
Volume 1
Elizabeth (Ship), 1847
Folder 2
Herald 2nd (Ship), 1860
Folder 3
Lancaster (Ship), 1834
Volume 2
Louisiana (Ship), circa 1858
Folder 4
Maria Theresa (Ship), 1853
Folder 5-6
Nye (Ship), 1848
Volume 3
Zephyr (Ship), 1859
Series B: Resolutions, 1869
Folder 1
Resolution passed by the National Bank of Commerce and Nye's response, 1869
Sub-group 11: William C. Nye Papers, 1815-1829
Folder 1
Colombus (Brig), 1825-1827
Folder 2
Commodore Rogers (Ship), 1828
Folder 3
Flora (Sloop), 1820
Folder 4-6
Fornax (Brig), 1825-1829
Folder 7-8
Indian Chief (Brig), 1820-1822
Folder 9
New Hazard (Brig), 1815
Folder 10
Nye (Ship), 1828
Folder 11
Orion (Brig), 1818
Series B: Citizenship Records, 1826-1828
Folder 1
Attesting to U.S. citizenship of George H. and Asa R. Nye, 1826, 1828
Sub-group 12: Eliakim Tobey Papers, 1772
Folder 1
With Edward Dillingham, 1772
Sub-group 13: Hannah Tobey Papers, 1818-1829
Series A: Estates Records, 1818-1829
Folder 1
Will, 1818
Folder 2
Estate accounts, 1827-1829
Series B: Bills and Receipts, 1819-1820
Folder 1
1819, 1820
Sub-group 14: Jonathan Burr Tobey Papers, 1832
Folder 1
1832
Sub-group 15: William Tobey Papers, 1779-1800
Series A: Deeds, 1779
Folder 1
With Matthias Tobey, 1779
Series B: Bills, 1799-1800
Folder 1
1799-1800

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Added Entries

Art--Collections and collecting
Art--New York--New York City--Catalogs
Art--New York--New York City--Exhibitions
Commercial agents--Mass.--Fairhaven
Commission merchants--Mass.--Fairhaven
Death notices See Obituaries
Deeds--Mass.--Dartmouth
Hathaway, Stephen 1743-1826
Inventories of decedents'
Inventories of decedents' estates--Mass.--Fairhaven
Merchant ships--Mass.--Fairhaven
Merchants--Mass.--Fairhaven
Nye family
Nye, Abgail Tobey, 1783-1868
Nye, Asa Russell, 1809-1858
Nye, George, 1812-1847
Nye, Gideon Jr. ,1812-1888
Nye, James Sellers, 1806-1881
Nye, Jonathan, 1760-1815
Nye, Nathan Jr., 1749-1826
Nye, Nathaniel, 1803-1859
Nye, Obed Butler, 1774-1864
Nye, Obed, 1736-1815
Nye, Philip, 1799-1858
Nye, Thomas, 1768-1842
Nye, Thomas, Jr., 1804-1882
Nye, William C., 1792-1832
Obituaries--Mass.--New Bedford
Opium War, 1840-1842
Opium trade--China--Addresses, essays, lectures
Painting--Private Collections
Ship's papers
Taiping Rebellion, 1850-1864--Addresses, essays, lectures
Tea Trade--China--Addresses, essays, lectures
Tobey Family
Tobey, Eliakim, 1711-1780
Tobey, Hannah, d. 1825
Tobey, Jonathan Burr, b. 1794
Tobey, William, 1751 circa-1819
Wills--Mass.--Fairhaven
Wills--Mass.--Sandwich

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Vessel Name

Amphibious (Ship)
Colombus (Brig)
Commodore Rogers (Ship)
Desdemona (Ship)
Elizabeth (Ship)
Flora (Sloop)
Fornax (Brig)
Herald 2nd (Ship)
Indian Chief (Brig)
Lancaster (Ship)
Louisiana (Ship)
Maria Theresa (Ship)
New Hazard (Brig)
Nye (Ship)
Orion (Brig)
Parthian (Brig)
Washington (Ship)
Zephyr (Ship)

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Last Modified: May 7, 2014