Old Dartmouth Historical Society Sketches

These sketches include  minutes of early meetings of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society and papers presented to the Society covering a wide range of local history topics.  Some of the sketches listed below are available in PDF form complete with associated images and captions, while sketches hyperlinked in blue consist of keyword searchable text.

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Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 1, published 1903 [PDF]

  • Gosnold and His Colony at Cuttyhunk by Anne Russell Wall
  • The Modern Settlement of Cuttyhunk, by Elizabeth Watson
  • The Gosnold Memorial Shaft and Something of the Geology of Cuttyhunk, by Walton Ricketson

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 2, published 1903 [PDF]

  • Dartmouth Traditions, by Hon. William W. Crapo
  • Landmarks of Russell's Mills, by Miss Myra B. Howland
  • Traditions of Padanaram, by L. A. Littlefield
  • The Salt Industry of Padanaram, by Ellis L. Howland

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 3, published 1903 [PDF]

  • Peleg Slocum of Dartmouth and His Wife Mary Holder, by Hon. William W. Crapo
  • Ten Ancient Homes, by Miss Myra B. Howland
  • The King Philip War in Dartmouth, by Capt. Thomas R. Rodman

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 4, published 1903 [PDF]

  • The Gosnold Memorial: Being a Full Account of the Proceedings at the Dedication of the Gosnold Memorial at Cuttyhunk

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 5, published 1904 [PDF]
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, Ellis L. Howland
  • Report of the Treasurer, Lloyd S. Swain
  • Report of the Museum Section, Annie Seabury Wood
  • Report of the Historical Research Section, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Educational Section, William E. Sargent
  • Report of the Publication Section, Ellis L. Howland
  • Miscellaneous Business
  • By-Laws of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 6, published 1904 [PDF]

  • Fifty Years on the Fairhaven School Board, by Job C. Tripp
  • The Town of Fairhaven in Four Wars, by George H. Tripp

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 7, published 1904 [PDF]

  • Past Industries of Upper Acushnet River, by Mrs. Daniel T. Devoll
  • Old Acushnet, by Mrs. Clement N. Swift
  • Resolutions on the Death of Hon. Charles S. Randall

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 8, published 1904 [PDF]

  • Benjamin Crane and Old Dartmouth Surveys, by Alexander McL. Goodspeed
  • Friends Here and Hereaway, by Mrs. Mary Jane Howland Taber

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 9, published 1905 [PDF]
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, Elizabeth Watson
  • Report of the Treasurer, Lloyd S. Swain
  • Report of the Museum Section, Annie Seabury Wood
  • Report of the Historical Research Section, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Publication Section, Elizabeth Watson

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 10, published 1905 [PDF]

  • Historical Associations in North Dartmouth, by Edward T. Tucker
  • Historical Glimpses of Dartmouth Schools, by Job S. Gidley
  • Pilgrimage of the Old South Historical Society to Old Dartmouth

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 11, published 1905 [PDF]

  • A Day in Dartmouth, England, by A. H. Swift
  • Dedication of the Fearing Memorial

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 12, published 1905 [PDF]

  • Friends Here and Hereaway continued, by Mary Jane Howland Taber

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 13, published 1906 [PDF]
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, Elizabeth Watson
  • Report of the Treasurer, Lloyd S. Swain
  • Report of the Historical Research Section, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Museum Section, Annie Seabury Wood
  • Report of the Photograph Section, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Publication Section, Elizabeth Watson
  • Memoir of Thomas R. Rodman, Henry H. Crapo

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 14, published 1906 [PDF]

  • Fitting Out a Whaler, by L. A. Littlefield
  • Captain Seth Pope, by James L. Gillingham

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 16, published 1907 [PDF]

  • Introductory Address, by Hon. William W. Crapo
  • Reminiscences of New Bedford, by Rev. Alexander McKenzie, D. D. 
  • Old Dartmouth at Home

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 17, published 1907 [PDF]
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, Ellis L. Howland
  • Report of the Treasurer, William A. Mackie
  • Report of the Museum Section, Annie Seabury Wood
  • Report of the Historical Research Section, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Publication Section, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Photograph Section, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Building Committee
  • Miscellaneous Business

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 21, published 1908

  • The Kempton Family in Old Dartmouth, by Mary Kempton Taber
  • Social Life Among the Friends of Long Ago, by Mary Eastman Bradford
  • Head of Westport and its Founders, by Henry Barnard Worth

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 22, published 1908

  • John Hawes, by Rebecca Williams Hawes

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 23, published 1909

  • The Villages of Dartmouth in the British Raid of 1778, by Henry Howland Crapo

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 24, published 1909
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, William Arthur Wing
  • Report of the Treasurer, William A. Mackie
  • Report of the Museum Section, Annie Seabury Wood
  • Report of the Historical Research Section, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Publication Section, William Arthur Wing
  • Report of the Photograph Section, William Arthur Wing
  • Report of the Education Section, Elizabeth Watson

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 25, published 1909

  • The Homesteads at Apponegansett Before 1710, by Henry B. Worth
  • Five Johns of Old Dartmouth, by William A. Wing

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 26, published 1909

  • William Bradford, by Edmund Wood
  • Early Tripps in New England, by George H. Tripp

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 27, published 1909

  • The Old Men of Fairhaven, by Job C. Tripp

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 28, published 1910
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Treasurer, William A. Mackie
  • Report of the Museum Section, Annie Seabury Wood
  • Report of the Historical Research Section, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Educational Section, Elizabeth Watson
  • Report of the Publication Section, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Photograph Section, William A. Wing

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 29, published 1910

  • The Slocum House at Barney's Joy, by Henry Howland Crapo

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 30, published 1910

  • Abraham and Zerviah (Ricketson) Smith and their Nineteen Children, by Rebecca Williams Hawes

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 31, published 1910

  • Arthur Hathaway and his Immediate Descendants, by Caroline W. Hathaway

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 32, published 1911
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Treasurer, William A. Mackie
  • Report of the Museum Section, Annie Seabury Wood
  • Report of the Historical Research Section, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Education Section, Elizabeth Watson
  • Report of the Publication Section, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Photograph Section, William A. Wing

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 33, published 1911

  • Address -- Benjamin Russell, by Edmund Wood
  • The Early Poetry of Old Dartmouth, by William A. Wing

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 34, published 1912

  • Courtship and Marriage of Ye Old Time Quakers, by Mary E. Austin

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 35, published 1912
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Treasurer, William A. Mackie
  • Report of the Museum Section, Annie Seabury Wood
  • Report of the Publication Section, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Photograph Section, William A. Wing

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 36, published 1912

  • Hix's Bridge and the Handy House, by Henry B. Worth

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 37, published 1913

  • New Bedford One Hundred and Twenty Years Ago, As Glimpsed through The Medley, by Ida A. McAfee

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 38, published 1913

  • The Presentation of the Whaleman Statue to the City of New Bedford and the Exercises at the Dedication, by William W. Crapo

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 39, published 1913, 1914
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Directors, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Treasurer, William A. Mackie
  • Report of the Publication Section, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Photograph Section, William A. Wing
  • Report of the Museum Section, Frank Wood
  • Report of the Educational Section, Caroline Jones
  • Report of the Research Section, Henry B. Worth
  • The First Settlers of Dartmouth and Where They Loacted, by Henry B. Worth

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 40, published 1914

  • Fourths of the Past, by Walter H. B. Remington
  • A Trip to Boston in 1838, by William W. Crapo
  • A Japanese Student in Fairhaven, by Job C. Tripp

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 41, published 1915

  • The Mills of New Bedford and Vicinity Before the Introduction of Steam, by Henry B. Worth
  • Mardi Gras, by Blanche Brace

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 42, published 1915

  • The Development of the New Bedford Water Supplies, presented by Robert C. P. Coggeshall

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 43, published 1915
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Secretary, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Treasurer, Frederic H. Taber
  • Report of the Curator, Frank Wood
  • Report of the President, Herbert E. Cushman
  • Oxford Village, by Henry B. Worth
  • Taber Family Reunion: July 23, 1915, by Henry B. Worth

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 44, published 1916 [PDF]
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Secretary, Henry B. Worth
  • Report of the Curator, Frank Wood
  • Report of the Treasurer, Frederic H. Taber
  • "Men I Have Known," by Milton Reed
  • Voyages of Ship Bartholomew Gosnold, by Henry B. Worth
  • The Story of the Building of the Bourne Whaling Museum: With Reminiscences of Old Counting Rooms, by Z. W. Pease
  • New Bedford Outfitters, from The Morning Mercury

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 45, published 1916 [PDF]

  • Dedication of the Jonathan Bourne Whaling Museum
  • Bourne Memorial
  • First Meeting in the Jonathan Bourne Whaling Museum
  • History of the Bark Lagoda of New Bedford, Massachusetts: One of New Bedford's Most Successful Whaling Vessels, taken from A History of "The Jonathan Bourne Whaling Office and Some of Those Connected With It," by Benjamin Baker

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 46, published 1917
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Curator, Frank Wood
  • Report of the Treasurer, Frederick H. Taber
  • Report of the Secretary, Henry B. Worth
  • Authors of New Bedford, by George H. Tripp
  • Banks of Old Dartmouth, by Henry H. Crapo

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 47, published 1918, 1919
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Proceedings of the Annual Meeting: 1918
  • Proceedings of the Annual Meeting: 1919
  • Proceedings of the Special Meeting: 1919
  • Extracts from Diaries of John Quincy Adams and Charles Francis Adams Relating to Visits to Nantucket and New Bedford in the Years 1835 and 1843
  • Mardi Gras (Part IV): 1919

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 48, published 1919

  • The Development of the New Bedford Water Works System, by Edmund Wood
  • Arnold's Garden: With Thoughts upon the Achievements of the Rotches, by Z. W. Pease (in the New Bedford Mercury)

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 49, published 1920
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the President, Herbert E. Cushman
  • Report of the Curator, Frank Wood
  • Report of the Secretary, Henry B. Worth
  • New Bedford in the Beginning, by Walter H. B. Remington

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 51, published 1921
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, containing the following reports:

  • Report of the Treasurer, Frederick H. Taber
  • Report of the Curator, Frank Wood
  • Report of the Secretary, Henry B. Worth
  • Fairhaven Naval Engagement, by William M. Emery
  • The Pilgrim Celebration, by Mrs. William N. Swift
  • The Pilgrimage to Plymouth, by Herbert E. Cushman
  • Sampson's Tavern, by Elmore P. Haskins

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 52, published 1924

  • The Arnold Mansion and its Traditions, by Zephaniah W. Pease
  • Scrimshaw, by Frank Wood - Curator of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 53, published 1924 [PDF]

  • Whaling Exhibits of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, New Bedford. Mass, prepared by Arthur C. Watson, Assistant Curator

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 54, published 1926 [PDF]

  • Samuel and Elizabeth Rodman: Their Forebears and Associates, by Miss Julia W. Rodman

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 61, published 1932 [PDF]

  • The Story of Ship Design and de Coppet Collection of Ship Models, by Edward T. Pierce Jr.

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 64, published 1934 [PDF]

  • The Society's Real Estate, by Henry H. Crapo
  • The Epic of New Bedford, by William M. Emery

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 65, published 1937 [PDF]

  • Sails and Sailmakers, by James Franklin Briggs

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 66, published 1937 [PDF]

  • Shipbuilders of Mattapoisett, by Charles S. Mendell Jr.

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 67, published 1937 [PDF]

  • The Story of Cotton and its Manufacture into Cloth in New Bedford, by Henry H. Crapo
  • Condensed Data Relating to New Bedford Cotton Mills, prepared by Edgar F. Taber Jr.

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 69, published 1935 [PDF]

  • John Russell, by William A. Wing

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 70, published 1940 [PDF]

  • Quakers and Their Meeting House at Apponegansett, by Ann Gidley Lowry

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 71, published 1938 [PDF]

  • Phebe Mendall: A Maker of Wedding Cakes in Old Dartmouth, by Marion Hicks Campbell

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 74, published 1944 [PDF]

  • In the Wake of the Mary Celeste, by James Franklin Briggs

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 75, published 1968 [PDF]

  • Anatomy of a Mutiny: Ship Sharon, 1842, by Philip P. Purrington

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 77, published 1973 [PDF]

  • Photographs of Whaling Vessels: A Pictorial Supplement of the American Neptune, by Eric A. R. Ronnberg Jr.

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 79, published 1980 [PDF]

  • The Whale Oil Trade: 1750-1775, by Richard C. Kugler

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 80, published 1981 [PDF]

  • Panoramic Views of Whaling by Benjamin Russell, by Elton W. Hall

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 81, published 1981 [PDF]

  • The Captain's Specific Orders on the Commencement of a Whale Voyage to his Officers and Crew, by Captain Edward S. Davoll

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 82, published 1981 [PDF]

  • Directions for Buzzard's Bay and New Bedford, compiled and published by Abraham Shearman

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 83, published 1982 [PDF]

  • Seventeenth-Century Boats and Vessels on Buzzards Bay, by William A. Baker

Old Dartmouth Historical Sketch No. 84, published 1994 [PDF]

  • Helen Elizabeth Ellis: 1889-1978, by Judith N. Lund, Curator, and Margaret K. Rodgers, Docent
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