Inventory of the White Family Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Barbara E. Austen; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the White Family Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Description

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Inventory of the White Family Business Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
White Family Business Records
Date Span:
1843-1914
Creator:
White Family
Mss Number:
Mss 34
Extent:
2.5 linear feet
Abstract:
Financial and legal records of a Westport, Massachusetts, family and a dry goods firm, 1843-1914.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Holder White (1812-1895) and his son, George M. White (b. 1837), were businessmen active at Westport, Massachusetts, between 1849-1914. Holder was a wagon maker and undertaker, while George drove a peddler's wagon and also sold goods at auction. In 1860, George entered into partnership with Christopher A. Church and Nathaniel Wales Winchester of Church & Winchester, dry goods merchants of Westport, Mass. The resulting firm of Church, Winchester, & White was active until 1864 when Church sold his share of stock in trade to his partners and the firm became known as Winchester & White, by which name it was known until about 1891. Predecessors to Church & Winchester, which was active from 1855-1860, were Church & Anthony, active prior to 1843, and C. A. Church & Company, 1843-1855.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection reflect the business activities of Holder White and George M. White at Westport, Mass., between 1849-1914. The business records of Holder White consist of a ledger and several receipts, 1855-1876. George M. White's business records consist of financial records, 1849-1914, including an "Auction Record" and an account of boarding for horses, as well as legal documents, 1868-1909, consisting of peddler's licenses and executor's accounts.

The bulk of the collection encompasses the records of Winchester & White, dry goods merchants of Westport, Mass., and their predecessors, dating from 1843-1891. These volumes consist of a day book, 1851-1852; ledgers, 1859-1891; and inventories, 1843-1890, including profit and loss statements and transfer of stock in trade.

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

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Materials in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Arnold W. Milliken, 18 December 1964.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 20 October 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 18 January 2012

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

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Description

Sub-group 1: Holder White Business Records, 1855-1876 [3 items]
Sub-group 1 consists of Holder White's ledger and receipts.
Series A: Ledgers, 1855-1876
Box 1
Volume 1
1855-1876
Folder 1
Receipts removed from Volume 1
Sub-group 2: George M. White Business Records, 1849-1914 [6 inches]
Sub-group 2 contains George M. White's financial records along with his legal documents.
Series A: Financial Records, 1849-1914
Volume 1
1859-1891
Includes receipts for personal expenses
Folder 1
Items removed from Volume 1
Volume 2
"Auction Record," 1851-1853
Volume 3
1861-1914
Includes personal accounts
Volume 4
1864
For boarding horses
Series B: Legal Documents, 1868-1909
Box 2
Folder 1
Licenses for "hawker, peddler, or petty chapman," 1868, 1869
Volume 1
Executor's accounts, 1896-1909
Folder 2
Items removed from Volume 1
Sub-group 3: Winchester & White Business Records, 1843-1891 [2 linear feet]
Sub-group 3 contains a day book, ledgers, as well as inventories pertaining to the firm Winchester & White.
Series A: Day Books, 1851-1852
Volume 1
1851-1852
Series B: Ledgers, 1859-1891
Volume 1
1859-1879
Folder 1
Indexes to Volume 1
Folder 2
Items removed from Volume 1
Volume 2
1860-1874
Folder 3
Letter, 1867
Removed from Volume 2
Volume 3
1861-1868
Box 3
Volume 4
1861-1870
Folder 4
Items removed from Volume 4
Volume 5
1861-1871
Volume 6
1861-1874
Volume 7
1863-1869
Folder 5
Index to Volume 7
Box 4
Volume 8
1867-1869
Box 5
Volume 9
1881-1886
Folder 6
Items removed from Volume 9
Volume 10
1885-1891
Series C: Inventories, 1843-1890
Box 6
Volume 1
1843-1859
Includes profit and loss statements
Volume 2
1875-1890

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Added Entries

Account books--Westport, Mass.--1843-1914
Auctioneers--Mass.--Westport
Auctions--Mass.--Westport
Business records--Mass.--Westport
Businessmen--Mass.--Westport
C. A. Church & Company, Westport, Mass. SEE Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
Carriage and wagon making--Mass.--Westport
Carriage manufacturers and dealers--Mass.--Westport
Church & Anthony, Westport, Mass. SEE Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
Church & Winchester, Westport, Mass. SEE Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
Church, Winchester & White, Westport, Mass. SEE Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
Commercial travelers--Mass.--Westport
Dry-goods--Mass.--Westport
Funeral directors SEE Undertakers and undertaking
Merchants--Mass.--Westport
Peddlers and peddling--Mass.--Westport
Traveling salesmen SEE Commercial travelers
Undertakers and undertaking--Mass.--Westport
Westport, Mass.--Commerce
Whight family SEE White family
White, George M., b.1837
White, Holder, 1812-1895
Whyte family SEE White family
Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.

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