Inventory of the Swift & Allen Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Patricia J. Albright; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Swift & Allen Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Related Materials

Separations List

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Swift & Allen Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Swift & Allen Records
Date Span:
1818-1893
Creator:
Swift & Allen
Mss Number:
Mss 5
Extent:
25 linear feet
Abstract:
Chiefly business records of New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaling agents, ship chandlers, and commission merchants, 1818-1893.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

For almost fifty years, during the most prosperous era enjoyed by the American whale fishery, Swift & Allen of New Bedford, Mass., served that industry as agents, ship chandlers, and commission merchants. This organization, established in 1842 by Frederick S. Allen (1812-1896) and his brother-in-law, Jireh Swift (1809-1905), grew out of Allen's earlier mercantile partnerships with Thomas C. Lothrop, 1832-1836, and Ireneus Gooding, 1836-1841. Swift & Allen were major suppliers of cordage, iron ware, groceries, and other goods needed to outfit whaling vessels of New Bedford and nearby ports. In addition, the firm acted as agents for over twenty vessels from about 1844-1887, handling the outfits, accounts of crew members and master, and sales of whale-oil, sperm oil, and whale bone for each vessel. Swift & Allen prospered with the whaling industry as a whole until after 1860, when Confederate raiders and Arctic ice caused the loss of numerous vessels and sales were beginning to feel the impact of the burgeoning petroleum industry. The firm's business activity gradually declined in the 1880s, and in 1891 the partnership of Swift & Allen ended.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection principally consists of business records of Swift & Allen, 1842-1890, including some documents which actually predate the existence of the firm, 1818-1841. These materials are supplemented by similar records concerning the partnership's predecessors, Lothrop & Allen and Gooding & Allen, dating from 1834-1856. Among the Swift & Allen records are both business and personal papers of Henry Howland Crapo (1804-1869) and his son, William Wallace Crapo (1830-1926), prominent New Bedford lawyers who handled most of the firm's insurance matters and legal affairs. Also included in the collection are a letter book and insurance policies for Swift Brothers, a lumber business conducted by two of Jireh Swift's distant cousins between ca. 1849-1860, and accounts of Taber's Wharf Company, a docking and wharfage organization for which Frederick S. Allen served as agent from 1869-1893.

Records for Lothrop & Allen and Gooding & Allen have been organized as Sub-group 1 and Sub-group 2, respectively, within this collection. Documents for each firm encompass day books, ledgers, and other financial records; invoices and bills and receipts; and a variety of sales and shipping records, 1834-1856. In addition, the records of Gooding & Allen contain a letter book with copies of the firm's outgoing correspondence. Several volumes in these two Sub-groups include entries which actually relate to the activities of Swift & Allen from 1842-1856.

Comprising the bulk of this collection are records of Swift & Allen. These materials are organized in Sub-group 3, which is further arranged in seven Series beginning with Financial Records in Series A. These materials include ledgers, accounts current, cash books, and other documents detailing the expenses and profits of Swift & Allen between 1842-1890. This Series also contains records relating to insurance purchased on vessels and goods, most notably, several cost of insurance books; insurance policies, accounts, and memoranda relating to insurance on whaling vessels during the Civil War; and reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of ships in which Swift & Allen held a financial interest. Materials in Series A are arranged in Sub-series by type of document and listed in chronological order except for those items concerning wrecks and collisions, which are grouped by name of vessel.

Series B consists of invoices, returns, purchase orders, bills, receipts, and memoranda relating to whale oil, whale bone, supplies, and other goods purchased or received by Swift & Allen between 1842-1884. Returns and gauges of whale oil shipped on different vessels are arranged by ship name, while other records in this series are organized chronologically.

Labor Records in Series C of Sub-group 3 provide information about wages and working conditions of crew members and masters serving on Swift & Allen vessels between 1842 and 1887. These documents include records of wages received by seamen upon the settlement of each voyage; accounts of clothing and other goods obtained by crew members and of food and supplies purchased by captains during specific voyages; agreements between the agents and seamen; crew lists; protection papers, including an item dating from 1818; bills of health; discharge records; and material relating to desertions. Except for the seamen's accounts, records in this series are arranged by name of vessel.

A particularly significant Series in this collection reflects sales and shipments of merchandise and products of whaling by Swift & Allen. Series D documents include general sales and consignment sales accounts, 1844-1887; monthly sales totals for 1842-1877; memoranda regarding whales, whale-oil, and whale bone taken, shipped, or sold, 1846-1891; and an extensive run of outfitting books listing supplies obtained from Swift & Allen for use on specific whaling vessels between 1844-1886. Volumes in the latter category are organized by ship name; other sales and shipping records are arranged in chronological order.

Series E in Sub-group 3 consists of various legal documents which reflect the association of Henry Howland Crapo and his son, William Wallace Crapo, with Swift & Allen. Both Crapos were prominent New Bedford lawyers, and a large number of their papers--including documents predating the organization of Swift & Allen--were interfiled with the firm's records. Most of these papers relate to vessels or seamen in which Swift & Allen may have had an interest; thus, some of the Crapos' insurance records have been filed in Series A of this Sub-group, while all of their legal papers remain in Series E. The bulk of this Series, dating from 1831-1888, consists of records relating to Alabama Claims put forth by Swift & Allen relating to the loss of Jireh Swift (Bark) to the Shenandoah, 1862-1885; estate records, 1836-1871, chiefly concerning seamen who died while on board Swift & Allen vessels; and case files containing briefs, depositions, and other documents principally concerning crew members' or masters' disputes over wages, ca. 1850-1870. Also included in this Series are writs, protests, agreements, contracts, leases, bonds, power of attorney certificates, a bill of sale, licenses, patents, and memoranda. Estate records and case files in Series E are alphabetically arranged by surnames. Other legal documents are organized chronologically.

Business correspondence in Series F chronicles the activities of Swift & Allen during most of the firm's existence. Consisting of both incoming and outgoing letters, these materials include correspondence of captains of Swift & Allen vessels and of fellow merchants and agents at Boston, New York, Nantucket, Honolulu, London, and elsewhere. Particularly notable are letters describing the impact of various business depressions on the whaling industry and correspondence from ship captains concerning the Arctic Disaster of 1871. Also contained in Series F are many letters to and from Henry Howland Crapo and William Wallace Crapo. These materials chiefly reflect the elder Crapo's duties as Secretary of the Bedford Commercial Marine Insurance Company in the 1840s-1850s and his son's involvement with Swift & Allen's Alabama Claims between 1865-1885. Incoming correspondence in this Series has been divided by year, then alphabetically arranged by name of writer. Swift & Allen letter books are filed in chronological order.

The final Series in Sub-group 3 consists of business and personal papers of the Crapos which seem to have no relation to vessels, individuals, or subjects of interest to Swift & Allen. Like other Crapo material in this collection, these items were interfiled with Swift & Allen records, but, because of their distinctive character and potential research value, this material has been separated into two Sub-series within Series G. Henry Howland Crapo's papers reflect his service as a Bristol County, Mass., justice of the peace called upon to hear complaints concerning local militia units in 1833; his involvement with New Bedford's efforts to aid Nantucket following the great fire on the island in 1846; and his activities as town clerk and treasurer in 1846-1848 which made him responsible for paying members of New Bedford fire engine companies. William Wallace Crapo's smaller group of papers, dating from 1862-1871, consists of agreements, bills, receipts, and memoranda relating to his financial interest in several vessels and a bill for two paintings purchased from William A. Wall in 1865.

Following the records of Swift & Allen in this collection are records of the Swift Brothers in Sub-group 4. Consisting of a letter book and insurance policies, 1849-1859, these records reflect the activities of a lumber business based in New Bedford which harvested live oaks from Louisiana swamps. Although the Swift Brothers, William Cole Nye Swift and Obed Nye Swift, were distant cousins of Jireh Swift, the reasons behind the presence of these records in the Swift & Allen Collection remain obscure.

The final Sub-group in this collection is devoted to records of Taber’s Wharf Company of New Bedford. Frederick S. Allen acted as agent for that firm from 1869-1893, and these records, consisting of a ledger, statement, and accounts, reflect sums paid by ship owners for rental of wharf storage and mooring space.

Researchers should note that log books relating to voyages of Swift & Allen vessels were given to the New Bedford Free Public Library in 1883. Appendix I of this inventory lists the names of these vessels and dates covered by the logs, which are available on microfilm at the Old Dartmouth Historical Society Whaling Museum Library.

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

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 78: Swift & Allen Records

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Separations List

Removed to Printed Collection

- DeWolfe, Byron. Printed verses: "Georgianna Lovering, or the Northwood Tragedy," and "Maggie Wright, or the New England Factory Girl," 1873.
- New Bedford Board of Trade. Articles of Association, 1887.
- Swift & Allen, New Bedford, Mass. Memorandums. . .of Articles. . .for a Whaling Voyage, n.d.
- U.S. Internal Revenue. Stamp Duties.,1867.

Removed to Broadside Collection

- Bristol County Mutual Fire Insurance Association. Extra Report, 1872.

Removed to Log Book Collection

- Louisa (Bark), 1872 (18 Aug-2 Nov); ODHS # 930; also includes master’s and crew members’ accounts, 1871-1872

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Most records in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society in 1945 by Mrs. Henry Forster. The Society in turn gave a major portion of the Swift & Allen Collection to Baker Library, Harvard University, in 1946. These records--lacking numerous day books discarded by Baker Library in the 1950s--were reunited with the volumes remaining in the Society's possession in 1968. Other materials which are now part of the collection were donated by Matthew Curran, Col. Horace W. Forster, and Charles R. Phillips in 1965 and by Mrs. Ernest Gates in 1970.

Processing Information

Processed by: Patricia J. Albright, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 21 May 2011; box list amended by Mark Procknik, 29 July 2011

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

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Description

Sub-group 1: Lothrop & Allen Records, 1834-1846 [5 inches]
Sub-group 1 consists of financial records, sales, and shipping records pertaining to the firm Lothrop & Allen.
Series A: Financial Records, 1834-1846
Sub-series 1: Day Books, 1834-1846
Box 1
Volume 1
1834-1836
Volume 2
1835-1846
Sub-series 2: Journals, 1834-1842
Volume 1
1834-1842
Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1835-1836
Volume 1
1835-1836
Folder 1
Index to Volume 1
Sub-series 4: Accounts Current, 1836
Volume 1
See Sub-group 3, Series B, Sub-series 1, Volume 2
Sub-series 5: Cash Books, 1834-1836
Volume 1
1834-1836
Series B: Sales and Shipping Records, 1834-1838
Volume 1
Monthly totals of merchandise sold, 1834-1835
Volume 2
Accounts of commission sales, 1835-1838
Sub-group 2: Gooding & Allen Records, 1836-1856 [5 inches]
Sub-group 2 contains financial records, purchasing and receiving records, sales and shipping records, and correspondence pertaining to the firm Gooding & Allen.
Series A: Financial Records, 1836-1846
Sub-series 1: Day Books, 1838-1844
Box 2
Volume 1
1838-1839
Volume 2
1839-1840
Volume 3
1840-1844
Sub-series 2: Journals, 1836-1846
Volume 1
1836-1846
Volume 2
1837-1840
Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1836-1843
Volume 1
1836-1843
Folder 1
Index to Volume 1
Sub-series 4: Cash Books, 1837-1842
Volume 1
1837-1842
Series B: Purchasing and Receiving Records, 1838-1856
Volume 1
Invoice book, 1839-1856
Folder 1
Bills and receipts, 1838-1840
Series C: Sales and Shipping Records, 1836-1841
Volume 1
Accounts for sales of cordage, 1836-1837
Folder 1
Index to Volume 1
Folder 2
Memoranda concerning sales of cordage, ca. 1836-1837
Volume 2
Accounts of sales on commission, 1839-1841
Series D: Correspondence, 1836-1842
Volume 1
1836-1838
Volume 2
1837-1842
Sub-group 3: Swift & Allen Records, 1818-1890 [19 linear feet]
Sub-group 3 contains financial records, purchasing and receiving records, labor records, sales and shipping records, legal documents, and correspondence pertaining to the firm Swift & Allen. This Sub-group also includes papers from two Crapo family members, Henry Howland Crapo and William Walace Crapo.
Series A: Financial Records, 1833-1890
Sub-series 1: Day Books, 1884-1890
Box 3
Volume 1
1884-1890
Sub-series 2: Journals, 1842-1877
Volume 1
1842-1844
Volume 2
1844-1847
Volume 3
1847-1850
Volume 4
1850-1854
Volume 5
1854-1857
Volume 6
1857-1860
Volume 7
1860-1864
Volume 8
1864-1868
Volume 9
1868-1872
Volume 10
1872-1877
Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1842-1869
Volume 1
1842-1847
Folder 1
Index to Volume 1
Volume 2
1847-1853
Folder 2
Index to Volume 2
Volume 3
1853-1859
Volume 4
1859-1869
Folder 3
Index to Volume 4
Volume 5-6
Accounts with Abraham W. Pierce, San Francisco, 1867-1869
Sub-series 4: Ledger Accounts, 1865-1884
Folder 1
1865-1867
Folder 2
1878-1880, 1882, 1884
Sub-series 5: Accounts Current, 1853-1886
Box 4
Volume 1
1853-1859
Volume 2
1859-1862
Folder 1
Index to Volume 2
Volume 3
1862-1867
Folder 2
1864-1865
Volume 4
1867-1873
Folder 3
Index to Volume 4
Box 5
Folder 4
1872-1874
Volume 5
1873-1886
Folder 5
Index to Volume 5
Folder 6
1882-1885
Sub-series 6: Cash Books, 1842-1882
Box 6
Volume 1
1842-1846
Volume 2
1846-1851
Volume 3
1851-1855
Volume 4
1855-1859
Box 7
Volume 5
1859-1862
Volume 6
1863-1867
Volume 7
1867-1870
Volume 8
1870-1876
Box 8
Volume 9
1876-1882
Sub-series 7: Balance Sheets, 1861-1865
Folder 1
1861-1863, 1865
Sub-series 8: Profit and Loss Statements, 1868-1871
Folder 1
1868-1871
Sub-series 9: Bank Books, 1846-1883
Box 9
Volume 1
1846-1850
Volume 2
1857-1859
Volume 3
1859-1861
Volume 4
1862-1865
Volume 5
1868-1870
Volume 6
1871-1874
Volume 7
1874-1878
Volume 8
1878-1883
Sub-series 10: Insurance Records, 1833-1890
Box 10
Volume 1-3
Cost of insurance books, 1852-1885
Folder 1-7
Insurance policies, 1833-1890
Folder 8-14
Accounts, receipts, and memoranda concerning insurance on vessels during Civil War, 1859-1865, 1882-1884
Folder 15-19
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Cleone (Bark), 1877
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Fanny (Bark), 1853-1854, 1869
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Gazelle (Bark), 1884
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the George Washington (Bark), 1865
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Gratitude (Ship), ca. 1841-1851
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Gratitude (Bark), 1855
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Helen Mar (Bark), 1866-1875
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Miantonomi (Ship), 1853-1854
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Ospray (Bark), 1869-1874
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the Tuscaloosa (Bark), 1846
Reports and legal documents concerning wrecks or collisions of the William Penn (Ship), 1855
Folder 20
Bills and receipts, 1851-1882
Folder 21
Memoranda, ca. 1849-1877
Series B: Purchasing and Receiving Records, 1841-1884
Sub-series 1: Invoices, 1842-1884
Box 11
Volume 1
1842-1856
See Sub-group 2, Series B, Volume 1
Folder 1
1845
Volume 2
1849-1853
Volume 3
1853-1864
Folder 2
1856
Volume 4
1861-1884
Folder 3
Index to Volume 4
Volume 5
1865-1884
Folder 4
1875
Sub-series 2: Returns and Gauges of Whale Oil, ca. 1856-1869
Box 12
Volume 1
Fanny (Bark), 1856-1860
Volume 2
Harvest (Bark), 1850-1851
Volume 3
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1859-1861
Volume 4-5
Louisa (Bark), 1856-1861
Volume 6
Massachusetts (Bark), 1858
Volume 7
Morning Light (Ship), 1859
Volume 8
Paulina (Bark), 1857
Volume 9
Syren (Ship), 1869
Volume 10
West Wind & Skylark (Bark), undated
Sub-series 3: Purchase Orders, ca. 1851-1852
Box 13
Folder 1
ca. 1851-1852
Sub-series 4: Bills of Lading, 1857-1877
Folder 1
1857, 1859, 1864, 1866, 1868, 1877
Sub-series 5: Freight Bills and Receipts, 1845-1880
Folder 1
1845-1880
Sub-series 6: Bills of Exchange and Promissory Notes, 1844-1882
Folder 1
1844-1866
Folder 2
1870-1882
Sub-series 7: Bills and Receipts, 1841-1880
Folder 1
1841-1849
Folder 2
1850-1853
Folder 3
1854
Folder 4
1855-1859
Folder 5
1860-1861
Folder 6
1862-1869
Folder 7
1870-1871
Folder 8
1872-1876, 1878-1880
Sub-series 8: Memoranda, 1845-1872
Folder 1
ca. 1845-1872
Series C: Labor Records, 1818, 1841-1887
Sub-series 1: Seamens' Accounts, 1844-1887
Box 14
Volume 1
1844-1851
Volume 2
1850-1854
Volume 3
1855-1864
Volume 4
1861-1871
Box 15
Volume 5
1868-1884
Volume 6
1876-1887
Sub-series 2: Masters' and Crew Members' Accounts, 1841-1884
Box 16
Volume 1-2
Aurora (Bark), 1866-1871
Folder 1
Aurora (Bark), 1866-1871
Volume 3-4
Camilla (Bark), 1858-1862
Folder 2
Camilla (Bark), 1858-1862
Volume 5-7
Camilla (Bark), 1862-1866
Volume 8
Camilla (Bark), 1867-1871
Folder 3
Camilla (Bark), 1867-1871
Box 17
Volume 9-10
Camilla (Bark), 1872-1874
Volume 11
Camilla (Bark), 1874-1876
Volume 12
Cleone (Bark), 1877-1878
Volume 13
Elizabeth Swift (Bark), 1855-1858
Volume 14
Elizabeth Swift (Bark), 1859-1863
Volume 15
Elizabeth Swift (Bark), 1863-1867
Volume 16-17
Elizabeth Swift (Bark), 1868-1871
Volume 18-19
Eugenia (Bark), 1851-1855
Box 18
Volume 20
Eugenia (Bark), 1855-1859
Volume 21-22
Eugenia (Bark), 1860-1864
Volume 23
Eugenia (Bark), 1865-1866
Volume 24
Eugenia (Bark), 1869-1871
Volume 25-26
Fanny (Bark), 1852-1856
Volume 27
Fanny (Bark), 1856-1859
Box 19
Volume 28-29
Fanny (Bark), 1860-1864
Folder 4
Fanny (Bark), 1860-1864
Volume 30-31
Fanny (Bark), 1864-1869
Folder 5
Fanny (Bark), 1864-1869
Volume 32-33
Fanny (Bark), 1869-1871
Volume 34
Gay Head (Bark), 1880-1881
Box 20
Volume 35
Gazelle (Bark), 1875-1879
Volume 36-37
Gazelle (Bark), 1880-1884
Volume 38
Gratitude (Ship), 1841-1842
Volume 39
Gratitude (Ship), 1845-1848
Volume 40
Gratitude (Ship), 1848-1851
Folder 6
Gratitude (Ship), 1848-1851
Volume 41
Gratitude (Ship), 1851-1854
Box 21
Volume 42
Gratitude (Bark), 1854-1858
Folder 7
Gratitude (Bark), 1854-1858
Volume 43
Gratitude (Bark), 1858-1862
Folder 8
Gratitude (Bark), 1858-1862
Folder 9
Gratitude (Bark), 1865
Volume 44-45
Harvest (Bark), 1847-1850
Volume 46
Harvest (Bark), 1850-1854
Folder 10
Harvest (Bark), 1850-1854
Box 22
Volume 47-48
Helen Mar (Bark), 1866-1870
Volume 49-51
Helen Mar (Bark), 1871-1876
Volume 52
Helen Mar (Bark), 1875-1876
Volume 53-54
Helen Mar (Bark), 1876-1881
Box 23
Volume 55
Helen Mar (Bark), 1881
Volume 56
Helen Mar (Bark), 1882
Volume 57
Helen Mar (Bark), 1885
Folder 11
Helen Mar (Bark), 1885
Volume 58
J. E. Donnell (Bark), 1849-1851
Volume 59-60
J. E. Donnell (Bark), 1853-1856
Folder 12
Jeanette (Ship), 1842-1845
Volume 61
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1853-1857
Folder 13
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1853-1857
Box 24
Volume 62-63
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1857-1861
Volume 64-65
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1862-1865
Folder 14
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1862-1865
Volume 66
Louisa (Bark), 1850-1853
Volume 67-68
Louisa (Bark), 1853-1856
Box 25
Volume 69
Louisa (Bark), 1857-1860
Volume 70-71
Louisa (Bark), 1861-1864
Volume 72
Louisa (Bark), 1865-1868
Volume 73-74
Louisa (Bark), 1869-1872
Volume 75-76
Louisa (Bark), 1872-1873
Box 26
Volume 77
Louisa (Bark), 1874-1878
Folder 15
Louisa (Bark), 1874-1878
Volume 78
Mars (Bark), 1878-1881
Volume 79
Martha (Bark), 1850-1853
Folder 16
Martha (Bark), 1850-1853
Volume 80
Martha (Bark), 1854-1858
Volume 81-82
Martha (Bark), 1858-1863
Folder 17
Martha (Bark), 1858-1863
Volume 83
Martha (Bark), 1864-1868
Box 27
Volume 84
Martha (Bark), 1868-1872
Volume 85
Massachusetts (Bark), 1857-1860
Volume 86-87
Massachusetts (Bark), 1860-1865
Volume 88-89
Massachusetts (Bark), 1865-1870
Volume 90
Massachusetts (Bark), 1870-1871
Volume 91
Miantonomi (Ship), 1853-1854
Box 28
Volume 92
Montgomery (Bark), 1856-1858
Volume 93-94
Montgomery (Bark), 1858-1862
Folder 18
Montgomery (Bark), 1858-1862
Volume 95-96
Mount Wollaston (Bark), 1872-1876
Volume 97
Mount Wollaston (Bark), 1875-1877
Volume 98
Ospray (Bark), 1851-1854
Volume 95-96
Ospray (Bark), 1855-1857
Box 29
Volume 100
Spray (Bark), 1863-1864
Volume 101
Spray (Bark), 1865-1867
Volume 102
Spray (Bark), 1868-1871
Volume 103-104
Spray (Bark), 1871-1874
Volume 105
Spray (Bark), 1874-1876
Volume 106
Spray (Bark), 1875-1876
Volume 107
Spray (Bark), 1877-1879
Box 30
Volume 108
Spray (Bark), 1880-1884
Folder 19
Spray (Bark), 1880-1884
Volume 109
Paulina (Bark), 1858-1860
Volume 110-111
Silas Richards (Bark), 1852-1854
Folder 20
Silas Richards (Bark), 1852-1854
Volume 112
Spartan (Bark), 1875-1876
Sub-series 3: Agreements, 1854-1885
Folder 1
Fanny (Bark), 1867
Gratitude (Bark), 1862, 1868
Helen Mar (Bark), 1875, 1882-1883, 1885
Martha (Bark), 1866
Montgomery (Bark), 1858
Spray (Bark), 1854, 1865
Sub-series 4: Crew Lists, 1853-1880
Folder 1
Gratitude (Bark), 1863
Martha (Bark), 1868
Autonomic (Ship), 1853
Spray (Bark), 1880
Sub-series 5: Seamen's Protection Papers, 1818, 1849-1862
Folder 1
1818, 1849, 1857, 1859, 1862
Sub-series 6: Bills of Health, 1866
Folder 1
Martha (Bark), 1866
Sub-series 7: Discharge Records, 1853-1883
Folder 1
Martha (Bark), 1862
Autonomic (Ship), 1852
Spray (Bark), 1882
Samuel Robertson (Ship), 1856
Memoranda concerning discharges, undated
Sub-series 8: Desertion Records, 1857-ca. 1876
Volume 1
Accounts of deserters from Swift & Allen vessels, 1857-1871
See Sub-group 3, Series B, Sub-series 1, Volume 5
Folder 1
Massachusetts (Bark), 1871
Spray (Bark), 1871
Copies of Federal desertion laws, ca. 1876
Memoranda concerning crew members of various vessels, ca. 1876
Sub-series 9: Memoranda, ca. 1842-1876
Folder 1
Memoranda concerning crew members of various vessels, ca. 1842-1876
Series D: Sales and Shipping Records, 1840-1887
Sub-series 1: General Sales Accounts, 1846-1884
Box 31
Volume 1
1846-1849
Volume 2
1863-1877
Volume 3
1875-1876
Volume 4
1877-1884
Consignment Sales Accounts, 1844-1887
Box 32
Volume 1
1844-1861
See Sub-group 2, Series C, Volume 2
Folder 1
1858
Volume 2
1858-1883
Folder 2
Index to Volume 2
Volume 3
1861-1887
Folder 3
1868, undated
Sub-series 3: Outfitting Sales Records, 1844-1886
Box 33
Volume 1
Brain (Bark), ca. 1851
Volume 2
Camilla (Bark), 1858
Volume 3
Camilla (Bark), 1862
Volume 4
Camilla (Bark), 1865-1866
Volume 5
Camilla (Bark), ca. 1867
Folder 1
China (Ship), 1843
Volume 6
Corinthian (Ship), 1858
Volume 7
Corinthian (Ship), 1862
Volume 8
Cortes (Ship), ca. 1857
Volume 9
Desdemona (Bark), 1876
Volume 10
Draper (Ship), ca. 1851
Volume 11-12
Eugenia (Bark), 1851
Folder 2
Eugenia (Bark), 1851
Volume 13
Eugenia (Bark), 1855
Volume 14-15
Eugenia (Bark), 1859
Volume 16
Fanny (Bark), ca. 1852
Volume 17
Fanny (Bark), ca. 1856
Volume 18
Fanny (Bark), 1864
Volume 19
Fanny (Bark), 1869
Box 34
Volume 20
Gazelle (Bark), 1880
Volume 21
George (Bark), 1865
Volume 22
George and Susan (Ship), 1861
Volume 23
George and Susan (Bark), 1865
Volume 24
George Howland (Ship), ca. 1866
Volume 25
George Howland (Bark), 1870
Volume 26
Golconda (Bark), ca. 1859
Volume 27
Gratitude (Bark), ca. 1854
Volume 28
Gratitude (Bark), 1858
Volume 29
Gratitude (Bark), 1862
Volume 30-32
Harvest (Bark), 1850
Volume 33
J. E. Donnell (Bark), 1845
Volume 34
James Allen (Bark), 1865
Volume 35
James Allen (Bark), 1885
Volume 36
James Arnold (Ship), ca. 1886
Volume 37
Java (Bark), 1860
Volume 38
Java (Bark), 1864
Volume 39
Java (Bark), 1872
Box 35
Volume 40
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1853
Volume 41
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1857
Volume 42-43
Jireh Swift (Bark), 1862
Volume 44
John A. Parker (Bark), ca. 1852
Volume 45
John Howland (Ship), 1858
Volume 46
John Howland (Bark), 1864
Volume 47
Lancer (Ship), 1865
Volume 48
Louisa (Bark), 1850
Volume 49-50
Louisa (Bark), 1853
Folder 3
Louisa (Bark), 1853
Volume 51-53
Louisa (Bark), 1856
Volume 54-55
Louisa (Bark), 1861
Volume 56-57
Louisa (Bark), 1865
Volume 58
Louisa (Bark), 1869
Volume 59
Louisa (Bark), 1874
Box 36
Volume 60
Martha (Bark), 1858
Volume 61
Martha (Bark), 1863
Volume 62
Martha (Bark), 1868-1872
Volume 63-64
Massachusetts (Bark), 1856
Volume 65-67
Massachusetts (Bark), 1860
Volume 68
Massachusetts (Bark), 1865
Volume 69-70
Massachusetts (Bark), 1870
Volume 71
Memphis (Ship), 1859
Volume 72
Mercator (Bark), ca. 1852
Volume 73-74
Autonomic (Ship), 1853
Volume 75
Smallwood (Bark), 1862
Volume 76
Smallwood (Bark), 1864
Volume 77-78
Montgomery (Bark), 1855
Volume 79-81
Montgomery (Bark), 1858
Box 37
Volume 82
Mount Glastonbury (Bark), 1872
Volume 83
Nautilus (Bark), 1865
Volume 84
Niger (Ship), 1886
Volume 85-86
Spray (Bark), 1851
Volume 87
Spray (Bark), 1854
Volume 88
Spray (Bark), 1863
Volume 89-90
Spray (Bark), 1865
Volume 91-92
Spray (Bark), 1868
Volume 93-94
Spray (Bark), 1874
Volume 95-96
Spray (Bark), 1877
Volume 97
Spray (Bark), 1880
Volume 98
Rodman (Bark), 1859
Volume 99-100
Silas Richards (Bark), 1852
Volume 101
Sophia Thornton (Ship), 1860
Volume 102
Swift (Ship), ca. 1845
Volume 103
Swift (Bark), 1853
Box 38
Volume 104-106
Tacitus (Ship), 1844
Volume 107
Thomas Dickson (Ship), 1860
Volume 108
Thomas Dickson (Bark), 1869
Volume 109-110
Tuscaloosa (Bark), 1844
Volume 111
Willis (Bark), 1865
Sub-series 4: Monthly Sales Accounts, 1842-1877
Box 39
Volume 1
1842-1847
Volume 2
1848-1853
Volume 3
1853-1857
Volume 4
1857-1868
Volume 5
1868-1869
Volume 6
1870-1877
Sub-series 5: Memoranda, 1840-1884
Volume 1
Concerning whales sighted and taken, 1840-1862
Volume 2
Concerning whales sighted and taken, 1840-1880
Folder 1-2
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, ca. 1846-1891
Volume 3
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, 1857
Volume 4
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, 1857-1858
Volume 5
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, 1861-1862
Volume 6
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, 1862-1863
Volume 7
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, 1863-1867
Volume 8
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, ca. 1865-1881
Volume 9
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, 1869-1871
Volume 10
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, 1875-1884
Volume 11
Concerning shipments of whale oil, sperm oil, and whale bone, 1881-1884
Series E: Legal Documents, 1831-1888
Sub-series 1: Alabama Claims Records, 1862-1885
Box 40
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1876-1877, 1879
Folder 3
Protest, 1865
Folder 4
Crew agreements and lists, 1862, 1865, 1876
Folder 5
Petitions, briefs, testimony, 1865, 1876, 1882
Folder 6-8
Awards, settlement accounts, 1875-1877, 1879, 1882
Folder 9
Power of attorney certificates, 1876
Folder 10-11
Receipts, 1876, 1884-1885
Folder 12
Memoranda, ca. 1865-1882
Sub-series 2: Estate Records, 1836-1871
Folder 1
Allen, Edmund, 1861-1867
Folder 2
Antone, Joseph, 1861
Ashmead, L. R., 1857
Boyle, Barnabas, 1844-1845
Drew, Elijah, 1870
Fitzgerald, Charles E., 1849
Folder 3
Gregorio, Antonio, 1845
Folder 4
Himmenz, Manuel Frances, 1846
Jacinth, Antonio, 1854-1855, 1868-1869
Folder 5
Jose, Manuel, 1845
Lorenzo, John, 1853-1856
Menezes, Jose, 1859
Nickerson, Warren, 1843
Olate, Manoel, 1865-1867
Folder 6
Page, John, 1865
Folder 7
Parara, Joseph, 1863
Peters, Antone, 1856-1860
Folder 8-9
Price, John, 1836-1839
Folder 10
Rabe, Ludwig, ca. 1874
Smith, T. L., 1853-1854
Folder 11
Wentworth, Samuel H., 1869-1871
Wittemore, F., ca. 1850
Wood, John, ca. 1860
Case Files, ca. 1850-1870
Folder 1
Bourne vs. Gibbs, ca. 1850
Bradford vs. Gifford, 1851
Breen vs. Mandell, 1857
Folder 2-4
Jordan vs. Hitch, 1855-1856
Jordan vs. Smith, 1855-1856
U. S. vs. Smith, 1855-1856
Folder 5
New Bedford vs. Adamsen, 1870
Folder 6
Swift & Allen vs. Brand, 1858
Sub-series 4: Depositions and Testimony, ca. 1857-1871
Folder 1
ca. 1857-1871
Sub-series 5: Writs, 1844-1867
Folder 1
1844, 1860-1861
Folder 2
1867
Sub-series 6: Protests, 1857-1871
Folder 1
1857, 1867, 1871
Sub-series 7: Contracts and Agreements, ca. 1846-1863
Folder 1
ca. 1846-1863
Sub-series 8: Leases and Bonds, 1831-1888
Folder 1
1831, 1850, 1866, 1888
Sub-series 9: Power of Attorney Certificates, 1844-1875
Folder 1
1844, 1846, 1848, 1856, 1858
Folder 2
1862-1863, 1875
Sub-series 10: Bills of Sale, 1862
Folder 1
For Camilla (Bark), 1862
Sub-series 11: Licenses and Patents, 1852, 1869
Folder 1
1852, 1869
Sub-series 12: Memoranda, ca. 1853-1863
Folder 1
ca. 1853-1863
Series F: Correspondence, 1833-1885
Sub-series 1: Incoming, 1833-1885
Box 41
Folder 1
1833, 1839
Folder 2
1842-1843
Folder 3
1844
Folder 4
1844-1846
Folder 5
1848
Folder 6-9
1849
Folder 10-17
1850
Folder 18-24
1851
Folder 25-31
1852
Folder 32-41
1853
Box 42
Folder 42-45
1854
Folder 46-48
1855
Folder 49-51
1856
Folder 52
1857
Folder 53-56
1858
Folder 57
1859
Folder 58-59
1860
Folder 60
1861
Folder 61-74
1862
Folder 75-76
1863
Folder 77
1864
Folder 78-79
1865
Folder 80-82
1866
Box 43
Folder 83-93
1867
Folder 94-95
1868
Folder 96-97
1869
Folder 98-102
1870
Folder 103-104
1871
Folder 105
1872
Folder 106
1873
Folder 107-109
1874
Folder 110
1875-1876
Folder 111
1877
Folder 112
1878
Folder 113
1879
Folder 114
1880-1882
Folder 115
1883-1885
Sub-series 2: Outgoing, 1844-1883
Box 44
Folder 1
1844, 1846-1847
Volume 1
1847-1852
See Sub-group 2, Series D, Volume 1
Volume 2
1853-1859
Volume 3
1858-1860
Folder 2
1858-1860
Volume 4
1859-1863
Volume 5
1860-1862
Box 45
Volume 6
1862-1865
Folder 3
1862-1864
Volume 7
1863-1874
Volume 8
1865-1867
Box 46
Volume 9
1867-1868
Volume 10
1868-1870
Folder 4
1869-1871
Volume 11
1870-1874
Box 47
Volume 12
1874-1877
Volume 13
1877-1879
Volume 14
1879-1883
Series G: Crapo Papers, 1833-1871
Sub-series 1: Henry Howland Crapo Papers, 1833-1848
Box 48
Folder 1
Complaints before Crapo as justice of the peace for Bristol Co., Mass., concerning members of local militia units, 1833
Folder 2
Correspondence, financial records, and memoranda concerning activities of a New Bedford committee formed to organize aid to Nantucket after 1846 fire on island, ca. 1846-1847
Folder 3-4
Bills and receipts for sums paid to members of New Bedford fire engine companies by Crapo as town clerk and treasurer, ca. 1846-1848
Folder 5
Memoranda relating to duties as town clerk and treasurer, ca. 1846-1848
Sub-series 2: William Wallace Crapo Papers, 1862-1871
Folder 1
Agreements, financial records, and memoranda reflecting Crapo's interest in the Amazon (Bark), 1862
Agreements, financial records, and memoranda reflecting Crapo's interest in the Canton (Ship), 1866-1871
Agreements, financial records, and memoranda reflecting Crapo's interest in the Charles W. Morgan (Ship), 1871
Agreements, financial records, and memoranda reflecting Crapo's interest in the Dr. Franklin (Bark), 1864
Agreements, financial records, and memoranda reflecting Crapo's interest in the Edward (Bark), 1864
Folder 2
Bill for two watercolors purchased from William A. Wall, 1865
Sub-group 4: Swift Brothers Records, 1849-1850, 1858-1859 [4 items, 1 volume]
Sub-group 4 includes an insurance policy and correspondence pertaining to the Swift Brothers firm.
Series A: Insurance Policy, 1849-1850
Folder 1
For Formosa (Ship), 1849-1850
Series B: Correspondence, 1858-1859
Folder 1
1858
Volume 1
1858-1859
Sub-group 5: Taber’s Wharf Company Records, 1869-1882, 1892-1893 [2 items, 1 volume]
Sub-group 5 consists of financial records pertaining to the firm Taber's Wharf Company.
Series A: Financial Records, 1869-1893
Volume 1
Ledger, 1869-1882
Folder 1
Statement from city auditor, 1878
Folder 2
Accounts, 1892-1893

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Added Entries

Abandonment (Marine insurance) SEE Insurance, Marine
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1834-1846
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1836-1846
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1842-1890
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1869-1882
Alabama claims
Allen, Frederick Slocum, 1812-1896
Arctic disaster, 1871
Bedford Commercial Marine Insurance Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Claims
Collisions at sea
Commercial agents--Mass.--New Bedford
Commission merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Consignment sales--Mass.--New Bedford
Cordage
Crapo, Henry Howland, 1804-1869
Crapo, William Wallace, 1830-1926
Decedents' estates--Mass.--New Bedford
Docks--Mass.--New Bedford
Fire fighters--Mass.--New Bedford
Fire fighters--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Geneva award SEE Alabama claims
Gooding & Allen, New Bedford, Mass.
Gooding, Ireneus, fl. 1838
Government records SEE Public records
Grocery trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance policies--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford--Adjustment of claims
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford--Policies
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford--War risks
Insurance, War SEE Insurance, Marine--War risks
International claims SEE Claims
Iron industry and trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Justices of the peace--Mass.--Bristol County
Law--Mass.--Bristol County--Cases
Law--Mass.--New Bedford--Cases
Lawyers--Mass.--New Bedford
Lothrop & Allen
Lothrop, Thomas C, ca. 1810-1839
Lumber trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Mass.--Militia
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Military service, Voluntary--Mass.--Bristol County
Municipal officials and employees--Mass.--New Bedford
Nantucket, Mass.--Fire, 1846
New Bedford, Mass.-- Docks, wharves, etc.
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New Bedford, Mass.--Economic conditions
New Bedford, Mass.--Officials and employees
Public records--Mass.--New Bedford
Salvage--Mass.--New Bedford
Ship chandlers--Mass.--New Bedford
Ship outfitters SEE Ship chandlers
Ship suppliers SEE Ship chandlers
Ship's papers
Ships--Equipment and supplies
Shipwrecks--Mass.--New Bedford
Swift & Allen Collection
Swift Brothers
Swift, Jireh, 1809-1905
Swift, Obed Nye, 1804-1863
Swift, William Cole Nye, 1815-1892
Town clerks--Mass.--New Bedford
Town records SEE Public records
United States--Claims against Great Britain
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Claims
Warren Insurance Company, Boston, Mass.
Whale ships SEE Whalers
Whale-oil
Whalers
Whaling ships SEE Whalers
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents
Wharves--Mass.--New Bedford

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Vessel Names

Amazon (Bark)
Aurora (Bark)
Bramin (Bark)
Camilla (Bark)
Canton (Ship)
Charles W. Morgan (Ship)
China (Ship)
Cleone (Bark)
Corinthian (Ship)
Cortes (Ship)
Desdemona (Bark)
Dr. Franklin (Bark)
Draper (Ship)
Edward (Bark)
Elizabeth Swift (Bark)
Eugenia (Bark)
Fanny (Bark)
Formosa (Ship)
Gay Head (Bark)
Gazelle (Bark)
George (Bark)
George Howland (Bark)
George Howland (Ship)
George Washington (Bark)
George and Susan (Bark)
George and Susan (Ship)
Golconda (Bark)
Gratitude (Bark)
Gratitude (Ship)
Harvest (Bark)
Helen Mar (Bark)
J. E. Donnell (Bark)
James Allen (Bark)
James Allen (Ship)
Java (Bark)
Jeanette (Ship)
Jireh Swift (Bark)
John A. Parker (Bark)
John Howland (Bark)
John Howland (Ship)
Lancer (Ship)
Louisa (Bark)
Mars (Bark)
Martha (Bark)
Massachusetts (Bark)
Memphis (Ship)
Mercator (Bark)
Miantonomi (Ship)
Milwood (Bark)
Montgomery (Bark)
Morning Light (Bark)
Mount Wollaston (Bark)
Nautilus (Bark)
Niger (Ship)
Ospray (Bark)
Paulina (Bark)
Rodman (Bark)
Samuel Robertson (Ship)
Silas Richards (Bark)
Skylark (Ship)
Sophia Thornton (Ship)
Spartan (Bark)
Swift (Ship)
Syren (Ship)
Tacticus (Ship)
Thomas Dickason (Bark)
Thomas Dickason (Ship)
Tuscaloosa (Bark)
West Wind (Ship)
William Penn (Ship)
Willis (Bark)

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