Inventory of the William Tallman Russell 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 William Tallman Russell Papers 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 Tallman Russell Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
William Tallman Russell Papers
Date Span:
1811-1853
Creator:
William Tallman Russell, 1788-1872
Mss Number:
Mss 6
Extent:
4 linear feet
Abstract:
Business records of New Bedford, Massachusetts, whale oil and candle manufacturer, 1811-1853.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator: (508) 717-6837

Biographical Note

William Tallman Russell (1788-1872) as a young man received his education in New York State and then served apprentice as clerk at the Counting House of Post and Russell of New York City. He traveled extensively in Europe and to the West Coast before settling in New Bedford and marrying Silvia Grinnell in 1819. He then engaged in the whale fishery and the manufacturing of candles in connection with the house of William R. Rotch & Co. Between 1849-1853, he served as Collector of the port for the U.S. Custom House in New Bedford. He also acted as Secretary of the Bedford Commercial Insurance Co. from 1859 until his death in 1872.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection reflect William Tallman Russell's involvement in the whale oil industries and candle manufacturing trade between 1811-1853. Financial records encompass daybooks, journals, and ledgers for 1811-1853. Purchasing and receiving records include invoices and bills of lading for 1821-1844. Labor records are the settlements of accounts with ship owners and crew for 1820-1847. Correspondence consists of volumes of copies of outgoing business letters for 1815-1849. Also in this collection are records of the New Bedford Custom House for the period in which William Tallman Russell served as Collector, 1849-1853.

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

Copyright Notice

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Administrative Information

Provenance

This entire collection was donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Russell Grinnell in 1947 and 1949.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 7 June 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 28 December 2011

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

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Description

Series A: Financial Records, 1811-1853 [2.5 linear feet]
Series A consists of daybooks, journals, and ledgers.
Sub-series 1: Day Books, 1811-1843
Box 1
Volume 1
1811-1822
Volume 2
1833-1835
Volume 3
1835-1836
Volume 4
1836-1843
Sub-series 2: Journals, 1811-1853
Volume 1
1811-1826
Volume 2
1821-1827
Volume 3
1825-1832
Volume 4
1827-1834
Volume 5
1832-1836
Volume 6
1834-1838
Volume 7
1836-1843
Volume 8
1842-1853
Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1811-1847
Volume 1
1811-1825
Volume 2
Alphabetical index to Volume 1
Volume 3
1821-1836
Volume 4
Alphabetical index to Volume 3
Volume 5
1825-1836
Volume 6
Alphabetical index to Volume 5
Volume 7
1834-1839
Volume 8
Alphabetical index to Volume 7
Volume 9
1836-1843
Includes alphabetical index
Series B: Purchasing and Receiving Records, 1821-1844 [4 inches]
Series B contains invoices, bills of lading, and bills and receipts.
Sub-series 1: Invoices, 1821-1843
Volume 1
1821-1827
Volume 2
1827-1843
Sub-series 2: Bills of Lading, 1830-1844
Volume 1
1830-1844
Folder 1
1834
Sub-series 3: Bills and Receipts, 1811, 1835, 1852
Folder 1
1811, 1835, 1852
Series C: Labor Records, 1820-1847 [6 inches]
Series C consists of settlement of accounts with ship owners and crew
Volume 1
1820-1834
Volume 2
1826-1843
Volume 3
1828-1837
Includes alphabetical index
Volume 4
1838-1841
Volume 5
Alphabetical index to Volume 4
Folder 1
Memorandum 1835-1836
Series D: Custom House Records, 1849-1853 [4 inches]
Series D contains ledgers, cash books, and a fee book.
Volume 1
Ledger, 1849-1853
Volume 2
Alphabetical index to Volume 1
Volume 3
Cash book, 1849-1853
Volume 4
Cash book, 1849-1853
Volume 5
Fee book, 1849-1853
Folder 1
Contract to rebuild Bird Island Lighthouse, 1852
Series E: Correspondence, 1815-1833, 1842-1849 [4 inches]
Series E consists of 4 Letter books.
Volume 1
1815-1822
Volume 2
1822-1827
Volume 3
1827-1833
Volume 4
1842-1849

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1811-1853
Bird Island Lighthouse, Mass.
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
Candlemaking
Candles
Customs administration--Mass.--New Bedford
Grinnell, Minturn & Company, New York City, N.Y.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New Bedford, Mass.--Economic conditions
New Bedford, Mass.--Industries
Oil industries--Mass.--New Bedford
Seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Pay, allowances, etc.
Ships' papers
Southern elephant seal
United States. Custom House, New Bedford, Mass.
Whale oil
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
William R. Rotch & Co., New Bedford, Mass.

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Vessel Names

Braganza (Ship)
Brighton (Ship)
India (Ship)
Orozimbo (Ship)
Parnasso (Ship)
Timoleon (Ship)

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