Inventory of the William Lewis Business Records 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 Lewis Business Records 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 William Lewis Business Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
William Lewis Business Records
Date Span:
1875-1886
Creator:
William Lewis, 1834-1904
Mss Number:
Mss 73
Extent:
5 inches
Abstract:
Ship's papers, including crew accounts and outfitting books, of a New Bedford, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California whaling agent, 1875-1886.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Biographical Note

William Lewis was born in Woolwich, Maine in 1834. He began his career in 1857 as a captain in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and served in that capacity for several whaling vessels. He then became involved in real estate speculations on Martha's Vineyard before returning to the whaling industry as an agent in 1872. Lewis introduced the use of steam vessels for whaling, especially in the Arctic. He built six such vessels and expanded his base of operations to San Francisco, California. There he became a partner in Lewis, Andersen, Foard & Company, outfitters and ship chandlers with headquarters in San Francisco and Seattle, Washington. Lewis also formed a company in San Francisco with his son, Edgar R. Lewis (1862-1932), known as William Lewis & Son. Lewis' other son, William J. Lewis (fl. 1865-1932) was also involved in the business and represented his father's interests in Seattle. The sons continued in the whaling industry after their father's death in 1904.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection reflect the activities of William Lewis in the whaling industry at New Bedford, Mass., and San Francisco, Calif., from 1875-1886. These records consist of ship's papers, dating 1875 to 1886, of vessels for which Lewis served as agent. The ship's papers contain outfitting books, bills of sale, crew accounts, and sea letters, namely for the brigs Abbott Lawrence and Alexander, and the barks Attleboro, Hadley, Janet, Laconia, Lancer, Linda Stewart, Lucretia, Mabel, Sappho, and Tropic Bird.

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

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Material in this collection was donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by George F. Bartlett in 1903, Edgar R. Lewis on 19 August 1932, and Anna Jarvis on 28 April 1979.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 18 July 2012

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

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Description

Please Consult Research Library for Detailed Description of Collection

Series A: Abbott Lawrence (Brig) Records, 1875 [1 item]
Outfitting book.
Series B: Alexander (Brig) Records, 1886 [2 items]
Bill of sale, bill and receipt.
Series C: Attleboro (Bark) Records, 1877, 1880 [4 items]
Outfitting book, sea letter, sketch of vessel, report of survey of vessel.
Series D: Hadley (Bark) Records, 1874, 1877 [2 items]
Outfitting books.
Series E: Janet (Bark) Records, 1875 [1 item]
Outfitting book.
Series F: Laconia (Bark) Records, 1876 [1 item]
Outfitting book.
Series G: Lancer (Bark) Records, 1875, 1877-1881 [5 items]
Outfitting books, crew accounts, and bill of sale.
Series H: Linda Stewart (Bark) Records, 1875, 1877 [2 items]
Outfitting book and sea letter.
Series I: Lucretia (Bark) Records, 1877 [3 items]
Outfitting book, bill of sale, sketch of vessel.
Series J: Mabel (Bark) Records, 1877 [4 items]
Outfitting book, sea letter, bill of sale, and sketch of vessel.
Series K: Sappho (Bark) Records, 1875 [2 items]
Outfitting book and bill of sale.
Series L: Tropic Bird (Bark) Records, 1876 [1 item]
Bill of sale.

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1877-1881
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
Ship's papers
Whalers
Whaling--Calif.--San Francisco
Whaling--Calif.--San Francisco--Agents
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents

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Vessel Names

Abbott Lawrence (Brig)
Alexander (Brig)
Attleboro (Bark)
Hadley (Bark)
Janet (Bark)
Laconia (Bark)
Lancer (Bark)
Linda Stewart (Bark)
Lucretia (Bark)
Mabel (Bark)
Sappho (Bark)
Tropic Bird (Bark)

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