Inventory of the Henry F. Thomas Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith Downey; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mark ProcknikFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Henry F. Thomas 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

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Inventory of the Henry F. Thomas Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Henry F. Thomas Papers
Date Span:
1841-1859
Creator:
Henry F. Thomas, 1824-1880
Mss Number:
Mss 69
Extent:
2.5 inches
Abstract:
Correspondence and ship's papers including crew accounts of a New Bedford, Massachusetts, merchant and whaling agent, 1841-1859
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Biographical Note

Henry F. Thomas was born at Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1824. He worked on his father's farm until he was fourteen, when he moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, and became a clerk for Joseph Dunbar & Company. The company was active in the mercantile and whaling industries and served as agents for several whalers. In 1845, he became a co-partner in the company and took over the business in 1850. He continued the business until 1875, when he became President of the New Bedford Copper Company in which he served until his death in 1880.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers in this collection reflect Henry F. Thomas' activities in the mercantile and whaling industries of New Bedford, Massachusetts, from 1841-1859. His correspondence, 1847-1855, contains letters from Edmund Taber (1841-1911), a business associate, and from Benjamin Russell (1804-1855), the artist of the "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Around the World." Russell had served on the Kustoff (Ship) in the 1841 voyage and from his experiences aboard ship created the panorama. His letters, two of which are photocopies, discuss his travels and reception of the panorama in St. Louis, Missouri, Detroit, Michigan, and Baltimore, Maryland, in 1850-1851. Edmund Taber's letters discuss business propositions and report on business dealings both in mercantile and shipping activities. Ship's papers, 1841-1859, consist of outfitting books, crew accounts, a gauge book, and bills and receipts for four whalers. The crew account book is for the Kutusoff (Ship), 1841-1855, representing four voyages including the accounts for Benjamin Russell during his 1841 voyage.

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

Copyright Notice

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Material in this collection was purchased by the Old Dartmouth Historical Society in April 1981 and additional material was donated by Frederic Taber on 15 October 1965 and Bradford Hathaway on 18 November 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 22 February 2012

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

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Description

Series A: Correspondence, 1847-1855 [40 items]
Series A consists of personal and business letters
Box 1
Folder 1
1847-1850
Folder 2
1851-1853
Folder 3
1854
Folder 4
1855
Folder 5
Captain John Muncley letters, Ship Emerald, 1851-1855
Series B: Ship's Papers, 1841-1859 [20 items]
Series B contains outfitting books, crew accounts, and a gauge book, as well as bills and receipts
Sub-series 1: Draper (Ship) Records, 1855
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1855
Sub-series 2: Emerald (Ship) Records, 1857
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1857
Sub-series 3: John A. Parker (Bark) Records, 1857
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1857
Sub-series 4: Kutusoff (Ship) Records, 1841-1859
Volume 1
Crew accounts, 1841-1855
Folder 1
Item removed from Volume 1
Exhibit label
Volume 2-3
Outfitting books, 1855
Volume 4
Gauge book, 1859
Folder 2
Outfitting books, 1858

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1841-1855
Art--Mass.--New Bedford--Exhibitions, Traveling
Artists--Mass.--New Bedford
Artists--Mass.--New Bedford--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
Commercial agents--Mass.--New Bedford
Cycloramas
Joseph Dunbar & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford--Mass.--Commerce
Panoramas
Russell, Benjamin, 1804-1885
Ship's papers
Shipping--Mass.--New Bedford
St. Louis, Mo.--Description
Taber, Edmund, 1819-1911
Thomas, Henry F., 1824-1880
Whale-oil
Whalers
Whaling in art
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents

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Vessel Names

Draper (Ship)
Emerald (Ship)
John A. Parker (Bark)
Kutusoff (Ship)

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