Inventory of the Howland Family Papers 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 Howland Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Related Materials

Separations List

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Howland Family Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Howland Family Papers
Date Span:
1788-1885
Creator:
Howland family
Mss Number:
Mss 63
Extent:
7 inches
Abstract:
Chiefly financial records and correspondence of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and New York City, N.Y, merchants, 1788-1885.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Biographical Note

Joseph Howland, the son of Gideon Howland of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was born in 1762. He engaged in the West Indies trade from Boston and New Bedford, Mass., acting as merchant, managing owner, and captain for such vessels as the Franklin (Sloop) and the Emigrant (Schooner). Two merchant firms were formed by Howland. The first, called Joseph Howland & Company, seems to have included his uncle, Cornelius Grinnell, and was active in New Bedford from about 1798-1802. The second firm, Joseph Howland & Son, in which his son, Francis Howland (1787-1834), was most probably the partner, was also active in New Bedford, from about 1804-1820. Joseph Howland lived and worked for a number of years in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., before returning to Dartmouth, Mass., where he died in 1839. His brother, John Hicks Howland, was born in Dartmouth in 1774. He commanded merchant vessels, many for his brother, Joseph, before starting his own business in 1798. In 1810 he moved to New York City, N.Y., where he became a prominent shipping merchant, residing there until his death in 1849.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection principally reflect the mercantile and personal activities of Joseph Howland from 1788-1885. Of primary importance is incoming and outgoing business and personal correspondence, 1789-1827, which includes letters from his brother, Gideon Howland Jr. and other members of the Howland and Grinnell families concerning current market values in New York City; from a shipmaster concerning shipping blacks to New Orleans; and from a friend concerning the peace agreement at the close of the War of 1812. This material is supplemented by financial records including accounts current, invoices of goods shipped, and insurance policies on vessels, dating 1788-1825; legal documents, 1792-1838, including apprenticeship indentures, power of attorney certificates, and a copy of his will; French spoliation claims, 1800-1885, consisting of newspaper clippings, notes, and correspondence of Maximilian Eppendorff, Howland's son-in-law; and a travel journal outlining his trip to Michigan in 1825.

The records of Joseph Howland & Company, 1798-1801, consist of insurance policies, a letter to John Howland, and a bill. Joseph Howland & Son is represented by financial records, encompassing a ledger, 1804-1811, for food stuffs and hardware sold to individuals and vessels, and bills and receipts, 1808-1819; incoming correspondence, 1811-1813, concerning the sale of flour and salt; and an insurance policy, 1812.

John Hicks Howland's papers consist of a letter concerning the capture of a vessel in 1814 and a letter to Joseph from John H. Howland & Company, New York City, N.Y., 1822; financial records, 1822; and a holograph copy of his will, 1852. His wife, Sarah Hazard Howland, and his daughter, Sarah Rodman Howland Gillies Osgood, are represented by a copy of a sampler, 1802, and a copy of letter to John Hicks Howland, 1850, respectively. It should be noted that among the papers of each individual and each company are photocopies of original documents, copied before 1980. Printed works which provide additional information on the Howland family are: The Howland Heirs by William M. Emery (1919) and A Brief Genealogical and Biographical History of Arthur, Henry, and John Howland and Their Descendants by Franklyn Howland (1885).

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

Copyright Notice

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 7: Howland Family Papers
Mss 65: Howland Family Papers

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Separations List

Removed to Printed Collection

- Cox, William R. "French Spoliation Claims. Speech... in the House of Representatives, January 14, 1885," 1885.
- Old Dartmouth Historical Society. "Opening of the Addition to the Museum," 1935. Program.
- Providence newspaper, 7 May 1800.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The bulk of material in this collection was given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Lawrence Osgood on 22 December 1980. A ledger was the gift of Alec DeHart on 12 November 1920.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 19 August 2011

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

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Description

Sub-group 1: Joseph Howland & Company Records, 1798-1801 [5 items]
Sub-group 1 consists of insurance policies, a business letter, and a bill relating to the merchant firm Joseph Howland & Company.
Series A: Insurance Policies, 1798, 1801
Box 1
Folder 1
1798, 1801
For cargo on board Columbia (Schooner) and Franklin (Sloop)
Series B: Correspondence, 1799
Folder 1
Letter to John Howland, 1799
Series C: Bills,
Folder 1
1801
Sub-group 2: Joseph Howland & Son Records, 1804-1819 [29 items]
Sub-group 2 contains financial records, incoming business correspondence, and insurance policies pertaining to the merchant firm Joseph Howland & Son.
Series A: Financial Records, 1804-1819
Volume 1
Ledger, 1804-1811
Folder 1-3
Bills and receipts, 1808-1819
Series B: Correspondence, 1811-1813
Folder 1
1811-1813
Series C: Insurance Policies, 1812
Folder 1
1812
For Eliza Ann (Sloop)
Sub-group 3: Joesph Howland Papers, 1788-1885 [143 items]
Sub-group 3 consists of Joseph Howland's financial records; incoming and outgoing business and personal correspondence; legal documents; French spoliation claims; and travel journal.
Series A: Financial Records, 1788-1825
Folder 1
Accounts current, 1788-1825
Folder 2-8
Bills and receipts, 1788-1825
Folder 9
Invoices of oil and goods shipped, ca. 1795, 1799, 1821
Folder 10
Insurance policies on vessels, 1800, 1805
Folder 11
Certificates, 1815-1817
Folder 12
Memoranda, ca. 1816, ca. 1822
Series B: Correspondence, 1789-1827
Sub-series 1: Incoming, 1789-1827
Folder 1
1789-1811
Folder 2
1815-1821
Folder 3
1822
Folder 4
1824-1827
Sub-series 2: Outgoing, 1818-1819
Folder 1
1818-1819
Series C: Legal Documents, 1792-1838
Folder 1
Apprenticeship indentures, 1792, 1804, 1818
Folder 2
Power of attorney certificates, 1793, 1801, 1821-1824
Folder 3
Agreements, 1799, 1821
Bond agreement, 1825
Copy of Joseph Howland's will, 1838
Series D: French Spoliation Claims, 1800, 1857, 1885
Folder 1
1800, 1857, 1885
Series E: Travel Journal, 1825
Folder 1
1825
Sub-group 4: John Hicks Howland Papers, 1814, 1822, 1852 [5 items]
Sub-group 4 contains John Hicks Howland's incoming and outgoing business correspondence, financial records, and a will.
Series A: Correspondence, 1814, 1822
Folder 1
1814, 1822
Series B: Financial Records, 1822
Folder 1
Order of payment and receipt, 1822
Series C: Will, 1852
Folder 1
1852
Sub-group 5: Sarah Hazard Howland Papers, 1802 [1 item]
Sub-group 5 consists of a copy of a sampler relating to Sarah Hazard Howland.
Series A: Sampler, 1802
Folder 1
1802
Photocopy
Sub-group 6: Sarah Rodman Howland Gillies Osgood Papers, 1850 [1 item]
Sub-group 6 contains a copy of a letter written by Sarah Rodman Howland Gillies Osgood to her father.
Series A: Correspondence, 1850
Folder 1
Letter to father, 1850
Photocopy

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1804-1811
Boston, Mass.--Commerce
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Business records--N.Y.--Poughkeepsie
Capture at sea
Claims
Commission merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Commission merchants--N.Y.--Poughkeepsie
Diaries--Poughkeepsie, N.Y.--1825
Eppendorff, Maximilian, 1820-1905
French spoliation claims
Howland family
Howland, Francis, 1787-1834
Howland, Gideon Jr., 1770-1847
Howland, John Hicks, 1774-1849
Howland, Joseph, 1762-1839
Howland, Sarah Hazard, 1781-1847
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford--Policies
John H. Howland & Company, New York City, N.Y.
Joseph Howland & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Joseph Howland & Son, New Bedford, Mass.
Merchant ships--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchants--N.Y.--New York City
Michigan--Description and travel
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New York (City)--Commerce
Osgood, Sarah Rodman Howland Gillies, 1817-1893
Poughkeepsie
Seizure of vessels and cargoes
Ship's papers
Shipping--Mass.--Boston
Shipping--Mass.--New Bedford
Slave-trade--La.--New Orleans
United States--History--War of 1812--Peace
United States--History--War of 1812--Prizes
United States--History--War with France, 1798-1800--Claims

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Vessel Names

Columbia (Schooner)
Eliza Ann (Sloop)
Franklin (Sloop)

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