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

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:
1798-1895, ca. 1973
Creator:
Howland family
Mss Number:
Mss 65
Extent:
2.5 linear feet
Abstract:
Chiefly diaries of children of Weston Howland of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, 1798-1895, ca. 1973
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Biographical Note

George Kirby (1794-1882) owned a farm in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and was active in state and local politics. He served in the state legislature for ten years and as selectman, treasurer and collector for the town of Dartmouth for twenty-three years. In 1821, he married Abigail H. Smith (1798-1861). Their daughter, Rebecca Kirby (1825-1895), married Weston Howland (1815-ca. 1901), a prominent New Bedford, Mass., merchant and businessman, who resided in Fairhaven, Mass. Among their children were Weston Howland Jr. (1852-1878), who worked in his father's office and in the Pennsylvania oil fields; Rachel Howland (1853-1934); Abby S. Howland (1861-1950); and Alice H. Howland Garrett (b. 1867).

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of material in this collection consists of personal diaries kept by members of the Howland family and by Abigail H. Smith Kirby between 1820-1890. These volumes generally contain observations on the weather; comments on social activities such as balls, Poor Society meetings, clubs, and visits with friends; and comments on family and daily activities, trips, and Friends meetings. Abby S. Howland's diaries, 1877-1890, include a description of her trip to New York City, N.Y., and Washington D.C., in 1888. The diaries of Rachel Howland, 1874-1891, include comments on women preaching at Friend's meetings, on President Garfield's assassination, and on her brother Weston's death. Weston Howland Jr. included notes on the arrival of whalers in the port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, a description of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge controversy in 1869, and comments on the Chicago fire and on a speech about women's rights in his diaries, dating 1868-1872. Abigail H. Smith Kirby wrote numerous philosophical, religious, and moral observations as well as notes concerning her in involvement in the Dartmouth, Mass., Friends Meeting in her diaries, 1820-1860. Typescripts and photocopies exist for most of these volumes; the former are arranged after the originals, while the latter can be found in the Collection File for Mss 65.

Weston Howland's papers consist of incoming and outgoing personal correspondence, 1845-1899, some of which are typescripts, and includes a letter from William James Rotch (1819-1893), concerning the use of a revenue boat for pleasure sailing, 1866. Alice H. Howland Garrett, Rebecca Kirby Howland, and Weston Howland's mother, Abigail Hathaway Howland (1774-1867) are represented by a diary, a book of poems, notes on property, and incoming and outgoing personal correspondence, 1844-1890. George Kirby's papers chiefly consist of photocopies of original documents. Of primary importance are Dartmouth town records, 1827-1849, which include receipts from Kirby as town treasurer, orders to and from assessors concerning the division of Dartmouth into two towns, and an agreement to run the almshouse. This material is supplemented by legal documents, 1818-1838, 1882, including records of his and his father's estates; financial records, 1830-1852, including an original account book form farm labor; and a letter from his granddaughter, Rachel Howland, and one to his daughter, 1881. Photocopies of legal documents and financial records of various Kirby family members comprise the miscellaneous Kirby family papers, 1798-1823, ca. 1850. Genealogical material, 1836, ca. 1860, 1895, ca. 1973, includes an original, although incorrect, Howland family genealogy and a holograph volume and photocopied notes on the Kirby family genealogy

Printed works which provide additional information on the Howland and Kirby families are The Howland Heirs by William M. Emery (1919), A Brief Genealogical and Biographical History of Arthur, Henry, and John Howland and Their Descendants by Franklyn Howland (1885) and Kirbys of New England by Melatiah E. Dwight (ca. 1899).

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 65 [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 63: Howland Family Papers

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Materials in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Mrs. Weston Howland on 22 June 1977, 12 May 1982, 25 June 1982, and 22 November 1982.

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: Alice H. Howland Garrett Papers, 1890 [1 item]
Sub-group 1 consists of Alice H. Howland Garrett's diary.
Series A: Diaries, 1890
Box 1
Volume 1
1890
Sub-group 2: Abby S. Howland Papers, 1877-1890 [5 inches]
Sub-group 2 contains the diaries of Abby S. Howland.
Series A: Diaries, 1877-1890
Volume 1
1877
Volume 2
1886
Volume 3
1887
Volume 4
1888
Box 2
Volume 5
1889
Volume 6
1890
Sub-group 3: Abigail Hathaway Howland Papers, 1844, 1850-1863 [13 items]
Sub-group 3 contains estate records as well as the incoming and outgoing personal correspondence of Abigail Hathaway Howland.
Series A: Estate Records, 1844
Volume 1
"Notes the property of Abigail Howland widow of Weston," 1844
Folder 1
Typescript, 1844
Series B: Correspondence, 1850, 1859, 1863
Folder 1
1850, 1863
Folder 2
Typescripts of letters, 1850, 1859, 1863
Sub-group 4: Rachel Howland Papers, 1874-1890 [8 inches]
Sub-group 4 consists of Rachel Howland's diaries.
Series A: Diaries, 1874-1891
Box 3
Folder 1
1874-1877
Volume 1
1877
Volume 2
1878
Volume 3
1879
Volume 4
1880-1881
Folder 2
1880, 1893
Volume 5
1881
Volume 6
1882
Volume 7
1883
Volume 8
1884
Box 4
Volume 9
1886
Volume 10
1887
Volume 11
1888
Volume 12
1889
Volume 13
1890
Folder 3
1891
Sub-group 5: Rebecca Kirby Howland Papers, 1839-1895 [10 items]
Sub-group 5 contains a poetry book as well as the incoming personal correspondence of Rebecca Kirby Howland.
Series A: Poetry Book, 1839-1842
Box 5
Volume 1
1839-1842
Poems written to Rebecca from friends
Series B: Correspondence, 1863-1895
Folder 1
1887
Folder 2
Typescripts of letters 1863, 1887-1895
Sub-group 6: Weston Howland Papers, 1845-1899 [23 items]
Sub-group 6 consists of the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Weston Howland
Series A: Correspondence, 1845-1899
Folder 1
Incoming, 1886, 1895, 1899
Folder 2
Outgoing, 1845-ca. 1847, ca. 1858
Folder 3
Typescripts of letters, 1845, 1881-1899
Sub-group 7: Weston Howland Jr. Papers, 1868-1872 [4 inches]
Sub-group 7 contains the diaries of Weston Howland Jr.
Series A: Diaries, 1868-1872
Box 6
Volume 1
1868
Volume 2
1869
Volume 3
1870
Volume 4
1871
Volume 5
1872
Sub-group 8: Abigail H. Smith Kirby Papers, 1820-1860 [5 inches]
Sub-group 8 consists of Abagail H. Smith Kirby's diaries.
Series A: Diaries, 1820-1860
Box 7
Volume 1
1820
Folder 1
1820
Typescript
Volume 2
1820-1821
Folder 2
1820-1821
Typescript
Volume 3
1827, 1833-1834, 1853-1855
Folder 3
1827, 1833-1834, 1853-1855
Typescript
Volume 4
1847-1849
Folder 4
1847-1849
Typescript
Volume 5
1850-1852
Folder 5
1850-1852
Typescript
Volume 6
1855-1860
Folder 6
1855-1860
Typescript
Sub-group 9: George Kirby Papers, 1818-1882 [29 items]
Sub-group 9 contains legal documents, Dartmouth town records, financial records, along with the incoming and outgoing personal correspondence of George Kirby.
Series A: Legal Documents, 1818-1838, 1882
Box 8
Folder 1
Benjamin Kirby estate records, 1818-1820
Folder 2
Bill of sale, 1824
Bond agreement, 1833
Court decision, 1838
Folder 3
Will and estate records of George Kirby, 1882
Includes newspaper obituary
Series B: Dartmouth Town Records, 1827-1849
Folder 1-2
1827-1849
Series C: Financial Records, 1830-1852
Volume 1
Account book, 1830-1852
Folder 1
Bills, 1833-1842
Series D: Correspondence, 1881
Folder 1
Letter from granddaughter Rachel Howland, 1881
Folder 2
Letter to daughter, 1881
Includes typescript
Sub-group 10: Miscellaneous Kirby Family Papers, 1798-1823, ca. 1850 [14 items]
Sub-group 10 contains photocopies of legal documents and financial records pertaining to the Kirby family.
Folder 1-2
1798-1823, ca. 1850
Sub-group 11: Genealogical Material, 1836, ca. 1860, 1895, ca. 1973 [9 items]
Sub-group 11 contains notes on the Howland and Kirby families.
Folder 1
Howland family genealogy, 1836
Volume 1
Kirby family genealogical notes, ca. 1860
Folder 2
Kirby family genealogical notes, ca. 1860, 1895, ca. 1973

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Added Entries

Account books--Dartmouth, Mass.--1830-1852
Amusements--Mass.--Fairhaven
Business records--Mass.--Dartmouth
Church entertainments
Dancing--Mass.--Fairhaven
Dartmouth, Mass.--Officials and employees
Dartmouth, Mass.--Social life and customs
Diaries--Dartmouth, Mass.--1820-1860
Diaries--Fairhaven, Mass.--1868-1891
Domestic relations--Mass.--Dartmouth
Domestic relations--Mass.--Fairhaven
Fairhaven, Mass.--Amusements
Fairhaven, Mass.--Clubs
Fairhaven, Mass.--Social life and customs
Fairhaven, Mass.--Societies
Family--Mass.--Dartmouth
Family--Mass.--Fairhaven
Farmers--Mass.--Dartmouth
Friends, Society of--Mass.--Dartmouth
Friends, Society of--Mass.--Fairhaven
Garrett, Alice H. Howland, b. 1867
Girls--Societies and clubs--Mass.--Fairhaven
Howland family
Howland, Abby S. 1861-1950
Howland, Abigail Hathaway, 1774-1867
Howland, Rachel, 1853-1934
Howland, Rebecca Kirby, 1825-1895
Howland, Weston Jr., 1852-1878
Howland, Weston, 1815-ca. 1901
Kirby family
Kirby, Abigail H. Smith, 1798-1861
Kirby, George, 1794-1882
Municipal officials and employees--Mass.--Dartmouth
New Bedford & Fairhaven Bridge Company, New Bedford, Mass.
New York (City)--Description
Shopping--Mass.--New Bedford
Sleighing
Theater--Mass.--Boston
Theater--Mass.--New Bedford
Town treasurers--Mass.--Dartmouth
Travelers, Women--Mass.--Fairhaven
Washington D.C.--Description
Women and religion
Women clergy--Mass.--Dartmouth
Women clergy--Mass.--Fairhaven
Women in church work--Mass.--Dartmouth
Women--Mass--Fairhaven--Societies and clubs
Women--Mass.--Dartmouth--Religious life

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