Inventory of the Hathaway Family 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 Hathaway Family Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Related Materials

Administrative Information

Description

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Inventory of the Hathaway Family Business Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Hathaway Family Business Records
Date Span:
1811-1888
Creator:
Hathaway family
Mss Number:
Mss 8
Extent:
7 linear feet
Abstract:
Financial records, correspondence, and memoranda of New Bedford, Massachusetts, merchants.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Members of the Hathaway family of New Bedford, Massachusetts, were chiefly involved in the China Trade as importers of tea, hemp, and silk and in various aspects of the whaling industry between 1816-1888. Humphrey Hathaway (1765-1821) was a ship builder who also managed a whale-oil refining factory. His sons Thomas Schuyler (1796-1878), Nathaniel (1798-1836), and Francis S. (1803-1869) became partners of their father and expanded the business to include trade with China and the Philippines with their own fleet of ships. Thomas Hathaway directed the family's mercantile activities from New Bedford, while Francis S. Hathaway spent much of his time in China as a commercial agent.

Nathaniel Hathaway, the only brother to marry, fathered six children, two of whom died in infancy. The four remaining children became wards of Thomas and Francis S. Hathaway in 1836. Nathaniel's two sons, Francis Hathaway (1829-1895) and Horatio Hathaway (1831-1898) eventually entered the family business. Francis managed cargo transfers in New York City, while Horatio remained in New Bedford to handle business correspondence with China and New York.

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Scope and Content Note

Records in this collection relate to the business activities of the Hathaways between 1811-1888. Financial records consist of day books, journals, ledgers, accounts current, cash books, and related material dating from 1816-1888. Purchasing and receiving records include invoices, 1811-1879; manifests, 1862-1875; a promissory note, 1850; and various kinds of bills, 1833-1875. A small number of labor records indicate the wages received by crew members serving on Hathaway vessels in the 1850s upon settlement of each voyage. Sales and shipping records contain a sales book, 1816-1862, and ship's papers, 1833-1873. Correspondence in Series E includes copies of letters to business associates in New York, Manila, Canton and in other cities. Also encompassed by this collection are memoranda relating to many aspects of the Hathaways' business, 1830-1888.

Materials in this collection have been organized into Series by type of document and are arranged chronologically except for ship's papers, which are grouped alphabetically by name of vessel. Published works which may serve as a guide to the collection's contents include Hathaways Of America, sponsored by Hathaway Family Association (1970) and A New Bedford Merchant, by Horatio Hathaway (1930). In addition, the Old Dartmouth Historical Society owns a logbook for the Hathaways’ ship Horatio concerning an 1850-1851 merchant voyage.

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

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 122: Hathaway Family Papers

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Administrative Information

Provenance

This collection was donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by the estate of Julia Rodman in 1940.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 11 June 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 28 December 2011

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

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Description

Series A: Financial Records, 1816-1888 [4.5 linear feet]
Series A contains day books, journals, ledgers, ledger accounts, accounts current, cash books, trial balances, balance sheets, and financial memoranda.
Sub-series 1: Day Books, 1821-1862
Box 1
Volume 1-2
1821-1825
Volume 3
1824-1828
Volume 4
1833-1837
Volume 5
1833-1862
Sub-series 2: Journals, 1816-1868
Volume 1
1816-1821
Volume 2
1821-1827
Volume 3
1827-1835
Volume 4
1828-1833
Volume 5
1838-1848
Volume 6
1845-1857
Volume 7
1848-1858
Volume 8
1858-1868
Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1817-1879
Volume 1
1817-1828
Volume 2
Index to Volume 1
Volume 3
1825-1837
Volume 4
Index to Volume 3
Volume 5
1838-1879
Volume 6
Index to Volume 5
Volume 7
1845-1857
Volume 8
Index to Volume 7
Sub-series 4: Ledger Accounts, 1819-1876
Folder 1
1819-1837
Folder 2
1838-1876
Sub-series 5: Accounts Current, 1831-1863
Folder 1
1831-1863
Sub-series 6: Cash Books, 1830-1888
Box 2
Volume 1
1830-1835
Volume 2
1835-1840
Volume 3
1840-1843
Volume 4
1843-1846
Volume 5
1846-1852
Box 3
Volume 6
1847-1868
Volume 7
1852-1857
Volume 8
1857-1862
Volume 9
1862-1867
Box 4
Volume 10
1867-1876
Volume 11
1876-1888
Sub-series 7: Trial Balances, 1836-1887
Folder 1
1836-1838
Folder 2
1840-1843
Folder 3
1844-1846
Folder 4
1857-1858
Folder 5
1859-1860
Folder 6
1861-1862
Folder 7
1862-1863
Folder 8
1864-1865
Folder 9
1866-1867
Folder 10
1867-1868
Folder 11
1869-1870
Folder 12
1870
Folder 13
1871-1872
Folder 14
1873-1874
Folder 15
1875-1876
Folder 16
1876-1878
Folder 17
1879-1881
Folder 18
1883-1887
Sub-series 8: Balance Sheet, ca. 1835
Box 5
Folder 1
ca. 1835
Sub-series 9: Financial Memoranda, 1833-1888
Folder 1-2
ca. 1833-1888
Folder 3
"Cash memoranda," 1855-1868
Series B: Purchasing and Receiving Records, 1811-1879 [7 inches]
Series B contains invoices, manifests, a promissory note, bills of exchange, a freight bill, bills receivable, and bills and receipts.
Sub-series 1: Invoices, 1816-1879
Volume 1
1816-1842
Volume 2
Index to Volume 1
Volume 3
1837-1845
Volume 4
1839-1879
Volume 5
1843-1852
Volume 6
1843-1855
Volume 7
1855-1871
Sub-series 2: Manifests, 1862-1875
Volume 1
1862-1875
Sub-series 3: Promissory Note, 1850
Folder 1
1850
Sub-series 4: Bill of Exchange, 1843
Folder 1
1843
Sub-series 5: Freight Bill, 1875
Folder 1
1875
Sub-series 6: Bills Receivable, 1833-1836
Folder 1
1833-1836
Sub-series 7: Bills and Receipts, ca. 1835-1861
Folder 1
ca. 1835-1861
Series C: Labor Records, ca. 1855 [1 inch]
Series C consists of seamen's accounts.
Folder 1
Seamen's accounts, ca. 1855
Series D: Sales and Shipping Records, 1811-1862 [2 inches]
Series D consists of a sales book, bills, cargo lists, and memoranda for various ships.
Sub-series 1: Sales Book, 1816-1862
Volume 1
1816-1862
Sub-series 2: Ship's Papers, 1811-1873
Box 6
Folder 1
American (Brig), 1834-1837
Ann (Sloop), 1834-1837
Folder 2
Endeavour (Ship), 1865-1873
Folder 3
Horatio (Ship), 1856-1871
Folder 4
Leonidas (Ship), ca. 1840-1850
Folder 5
Oneida (Ship), 1839-1863
Folder 6
Pomona (Sloop), 1845
Folder 7-8
Swift (Ship), 1811-1862
Series E: Correspondence, 1823-1872 [1.5 linear feet]
Series E contains a Letter book and copies of outgoing letters.
Volume 1
1823-1842
Folder 1
1823-1839
Volume 2
1838-1858
Folder 2
1840-1842
Volume 3
1842-1847
Folder 3
1846-1851
Volume 4
1847-1850
Volume 5
1850-1854
Volume 6
1854-1858
Volume 7
1858-1862
Folder 4
1860-1887
Volume 8
1862-1867
Volume 9
1867-1872
Series F: Memoranda, 1830-1862 [2 inches]
Series F consists of a Volume of memoranda.
Volume 1
1830-1862

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1816-1888
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
China--Commerce--United States
Commercial agents--Mass.--New Bedford
Commission merchants--Mass.—New Bedford
Hathaway, Francis S., 1803-1869
Hathaway, Francis, 1829-1895
Hathaway, Horatio, 1831-1898
Hathaway, Humphrey, 1765-1821
Hathaway, Nathaniel, 1798-1836
Hathaway, Thomas Schuyler, 1796-1878
Hemp--Mass.--New Bedford
Manila hemp
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
Opium trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Philippines--Commerce--United States
Rope trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Ship's papers
Shipping--Mass.--New Bedford
Silk manufacture and trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Tea trade--Mass.--New Bedford
United States--Commerce--China
United States--Commerce--Philippines
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford

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Vessel Names

American (Brig)
Ann (Sloop)
Endeavour (Ship)
Horatio (Ship)
Leonidas (Ship)
Oneida (Ship)
Pomona (Sloop)
Swift (Ship)

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Last Modified: April 16, 2014