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

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Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the William Gifford Business Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
William Gifford Business Records
Date Span:
1832-1879
Creator:
William Gifford, 1798-1866
Mss Number:
Mss 58
Extent:
7.5 inches
Abstract:
Chiefly agent/owner accounts, crew accounts, and other ships' papers of a New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaling agent and merchant, 1832-1879.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Biographical Note

William Gifford was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1798. He acted as agent for numerous whaling vessels that sailed from New Bedford, Mass., including the Charles Drew (Ship), Minerva (Ship), and William Gifford (Bark). He later took his son, Charles H. Gifford (1833-1908), as a partner and called the firm William Gifford & Son. Charles H. Gifford continued the business for several years after his father's death in 1866.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection chiefly reflect the business activities of William Gifford at New Bedford, Mass., between 1842-1866. Ships' papers, 1842-1879, primarily consist of crew and agent/owner accounts for such whaling vessels as the Charles Drew (Ship), Nimrod (Ship/Bark), and Rainbow (Ship/Bark), and include accounts kept by William Gifford's son, Henry Gifford, after the elder Gifford's death. Records for three of the vessels, the General Pike (Ship), Nimrod (Bark), and William Gifford (Bark), include settlements with crew members and owners for the Alabama Claims. Also included in the collection are deeds of William Gifford for property and buildings in New Bedford, 1832-1855, ca. 1866.

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

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The deeds in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Frank H. Gifford, 27 December 1933. Existing records reveal neither the source nor the accession date for the remainder of the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 21 December 2011

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

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Description

Series A: Ship's Papers, 1842-1879 [7.5 inches]
Series A consists of agent/owner and crew accounts
Box 1
Folder 1
Caroline (Ship), 1846, 1856
Folder 2
Charles Drew (Ship), 1842
Volume 1
Charles Drew (Ship), 1842-1851
Volume 2
General Pike (Ship), 1853-1876
See Volume 1
Folder 3-4
Minerva (Ship), 1846-1856
Includes Sea Letter
Volume 3
Nimrod (Ship/Bark), 1851-1877
Folder 5
Items removed from Volume 3
Folder 6
Nimrod (Ship/Bark), 1853-1876
Volume 4
Rainbow (Ship/Bark), 1852-1876
Folder 7
Rainbow (Ship), ca. 1865
Volume 5
William Gifford (Bark), 1858-1879
Series B: Deeds, 1832, 1845, 1854-1855, ca. 1866 [5 items]
Folder 1
1832, 1845, 1854-1855, ca. 1866
Includes plat of William Gifford's estate

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1842-1879
Alabama claims
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Deeds--Mass.--New Bedford
Gifford, Charles Henry, 1833-1908
Gifford, William, 1798-1866
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
Ship's papers
Whalers
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents
William Gifford & Son

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Vessel Names

Caroline (Ship)
Charles Drew (Ship)
General Pike (Ship)
Minerva (Ship)
Nimrod (Bark)
Nimrod (Ship)
Rainbow (Bark)
Rainbow (Ship)
William Gifford (Bark)

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