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Inventory of the Prescott Collection
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Henry Dudley Prescott (1875-1945) was the son of Charles Dudley and Martha Knowles Prescott. He graduated from Harvard College as a doctor and became a surgeon at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford for short time until he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. In 1910 he married Hester Williams Swift (1882-1962) the daughter of Dr. William Nye Swift (1854-1911) and his wife Anna Hathaway Swift (1855-1933).
In 1918, they were living at 26 Grove St. in New Bedford but summered in Padanaram, in South Dartmouth. They built a house in Padanaram in 1929-1930 where they continued to live until Hester died in 1962.
Scope and Content Note
This is a small collection of notebooks and scrapbooks. The notebooks are of particular interest to the sailors of Buzzards Bay and the local waters close to Apponagansett Bay, Padanarum, and the Elizabeth Islands. They contain the observations, navigational notes and carefully documented photographs compiled by Dr. Henry D. Prescott of New Bedford and South Dartmouth, MA. Hester Prescott's home study course on Interior Decoration includes a textbooks and her examination and lesson materials. The collection of scrapbooks and newspapers reflect the era of WWI and the League of Nations.
This accession, Mss 137, is an addition to an earlier collection of papers compiled by Hester Williams Swift Prescott between 1910 and 1960. That collection, Mss 92, contains early family histories of the Swifts, Nyes, Perrys, Prescotts, Hathaways and related families.
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Mss 92: Hester Williams Swift Prescott Papers, 1863-1960
Mss 141: Swift Family Papers, 1811-1957
This Old Dartmouth Historical Society - New Bedford Whaling Museum acquired materials in this collection as part of Accession #B98-16.
Processed by: Jalien Hollister, 2014
Encoded by: Emily Esten, 22 August 2014
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