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Loum Snow was born in Acushnet, Massachusetts, in 1840. After receiving his education at local schools, he entered business with Thomas Cook (1801-ca. 1891) under the name of Cook & Snow, merchant tailors and dry goods merchants active at New Bedford, Mass. The firm also acted as agent for such whaling vessels as the Huntress (Bark) and Ohio (Bark). By 1859, Snow had left the firm of Cook & Snow to become a whaling agent on his own. His son, Loum Snow (1840-1916), became a partner in the whaling agent firm of Loum Snow & Son about 1867. After the elder Snow's death in 1871, Loum Snow continued the firm under the name under Loum Snow & Son until 1903, taking his brother, Robert Snow (1854-ca. 1906) as a partner from 1881-1891, and employing his son, Loum Snow Jr. (b. 1865), as clerk and bookkeeper. Vessels for which the firm acted as agent include the whaling barks Norman, President, and Seneca.
Materials in this collection consist of ship's papers of seven vessels for which Loum Snow or his partners acted as agent. These documents, dating 1850-1890, include account books, crew accounts, a copy of a marine protest extension, a court case, an outfitting book, and similar material for the barks Active, Arnolda, Helen Snow, Huntress, Norman, Ohio, President, and Seneca. Vessels have been arranged alphabetically with materials for each vessel chronologically arranged.
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The bulk of material in this collection was given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by the estate of Andrew Snow Jr. on 17 March 1919. Individual items were gifts of Robert D. Blake in December 1930, and of Charles R. Phillips Sr. on 30 April 1965.
Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982
Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 15 February 2012
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1850-1890
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Cook & Snow, New Bedford, Mass.
Cook, Thomas, 1801-ca. 1891
Loum Snow & Son, New Bedford, Mass.
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
Snow, Loum Jr., b. 1865
Snow, Loum, 1810-1871
Snow, Loum, 1840-1916
Snow, Robert, 1854-ca. 1906
Helen Snow (Bark)