Inventory of the Knowles Family Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith Downey with assistance from Margaret Brightman, Barbara Groves, Henry Kette1, and Henry Sherman; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Knowles Family Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

Table of Contents

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Separations List

Administrative Information

Description

Subject Headings

Inventory of the Knowles Family Business Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Knowles Family Business Records
Date Span:
1825-1897
Creator:
Knowles family
Mss Number:
Mss 55
Extent:
14 linear feet
Abstract:
Ship's papers of the whaling agents Thomas Knowles & Company, New Bedford, Massachusetts, along with business and personal papers of several Knowles family members, 1825-1897.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Phone: (508) 997-0046

Historical Note

Thomas Knowles (1803-1877), was born in Eastham, Massachusetts, and moved to New Bedford, Mass., in the late 1820s. He established himself as a trader and was joined by his brother, John Pepper Knowles (1805-1896), in 1835 in a partnership known as T. & J. P. Knowles. As part of their mercantile activities, the brothers engaged several local residents, chiefly women, to make clothing through the piece-work system. In 1844, a cousin and former clerk for T. & J. P. Knowles, Joseph M. Knowles (1819-1876), became a partner in the firm, which changed its name to Thomas Knowles & Company. This organization sold groceries, provisions, and dry goods; continued to commission piece-work sewing of mattresses and pillows; and also acted as agents for numerous whaling vessels, including the Edward (Bark), Falcon (Ship/Bark), Hecla (Bark), Minerva 2d (Ship/Bark), Tamerlane (Ship/Bark), and Wave (Bark). By 1867, John Pepper Knowles II (1835-1902), and a son of Thomas Knowles, Thomas Henry Knowles (1837-1909), were full partners in the firm. Thomas Knowles & Company continued to exist until 1894, although the junior partners in the firm began to pursue independent commercial ventures as well after the deaths of two of the elder Knowles' in 1876 and 1877.

Other Knowles family members who were merchants and businessmen in New Bedford and vicinity during the nineteenth century include John Pepper Knowles Jr. (1830-1891), a brother of Joseph Knowles. He began his career as a clerk for Thomas Knowles & Company in 1852, and by 1859, had established his own business as a wholesale grocer. Like his cousins, he also became an agent for several whaling vessels.

Charles Sumner Knowles (1850-1911), another son of Thomas Knowles, was a manufacturer of wax and rubber in New Bedford and Boston, Mass. Several New Bedford city directories as well as a Knowles family genealogy state that he was also involved in electrical engineering.

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Scope and Content Note

Most of the records in this collection concern the business affairs of Thomas Knowles & Company of New Bedford, Mass. These materials, which are organized in Sub-group 2 of the inventory, primarily consist of the ship's papers for twelve whalers for which the company acted as agents from 1844-1889. Of particular note among these records are letters to and from captains, crew members and their families, as well as business associates; agent/owner accounts, which contain detailed information about the outfitting, overall expenses, and profits of individual whaling ventures; and crew papers, including Whalemen's Shipping Papers, crew lists, settlements, certificates of discharge, agreements and other legal documents, and receipts. Other ship's papers in this collection consist of consular records, chiefly protests, claims, and bills concerning damage to vessels and loss of cargoes; custom records, including certificates of clearance and manifests; insurance policies on vessels, outfits, and catches; bills of exchange and lading; bills and receipts relating to costs of outfitting, repairing and recruiting vessels during a voyage; and memoranda concerning supplies and catches. Ship's papers are most numerous for the Falcon (Ship/Bark), 1849-1889; Minerva 2d (Ship/Bark), 1844-1874; Tamerlane (Ship/Bark), 1850-1880; and the Wave (Bark), 1850-1888. Records for the Minerva, 2d, reflect that vessel's Involvement in the 1871 Arctic Disaster. Those papers for another Knowles' vessel, the Isabella(Bark), include materials relating to the capture of the bark by the Shenandoah during the Civil War. These records have been arranged under the names of individual vessels, first by voyage dates, then according to the types of documents which relate to each voyage. A final series in Sub-group 2, contains bills and receipts of Thomas Knowles & Company which do not seem to concern whaling ventures.

This collection also contains records of T. & J. P. Knowles, organized as Sub-group 1, and papers relating to individual Knowles family members, which have been arranged in series in Sub-group 3, according to each person's date of birth. Records of T. & J. P. Knowles consist of piece-work sewing accounts, 1832-1839, giving the names and wages of numerous workers; bills and receipts, 1835-1845, and an 1839 insurance policy. Papers of Thomas Knowles, 1825-1842, contain bills and receipts concerning his business activities prior to forming a partnership with his brother, as well as personal tax receipts. John Pepper Knowles' papers, 1842-1846, and those of Joseph Knowles, 1842-1852, consist of tax receipts which relate to their personal activities. John Pepper Knowles II is represented by agent/owner accounts and other ship's papers for the barks Avola, 1874, and John and Winthrop, 1876-ca. 1877. Thomas Henry Knowles' papers reflect his duties as treasurer of the New Bedford Tanning Company (later called the New Bedford Tannery) from 1863-1871. These materials include stock records, cash accounts, trial balances, and bills and receipts. Finally, papers for Charles Sumner Knowles consist of an account book relating to his activities as a wax manufacturer in New Bedford, Mass., from 1892-1897.

Researchers should note that the Old Dartmouth Historical Society manuscript collection also contains twenty-seven log books compiled during voyages of Knowles' vessels between the years 1845 and 1888. These volumes, which have been transferred to the log book collection, are described in the separations list concluding this inventory.

A published work which may serve as a guide to the persons represented by papers and records in this collection is Decendants Of Richard Knowles. . . , By Virginia Knowles Hufbauer, 1974.

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

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Separations List

Removed to Log Book Collection

Edward (Bark), 1845-1849; ODHS # 551
Exchange (Bark), 1847-1849; ODHS # 11
Exchange (Bark), 1849-1850; ODHS # 33
Falcon (Ship/Bark), 1852-1855; ODHS # 288
Falcon (Ship/Bark), 1865-1867; ODHS # 905
Falcon (Ship/Bark), 1875-1879; ODHS # 349
Hecla (Bark), 1856-1859; ODHS # 104
Hecla (Bark), 1867-1869; ODHS # 259
John Carver (Bark), 1870-1874; ODHS # 973
John Wells (Ship/Bark), 1850-1854; ODHS # 101
Mary and Susan (Bark), 1877; ODHS # 814
Mary and Susan (Bark), 1877-1881; ODHS # 138
Robert Morrison (Bark), 1868-1871; ODHS # 263
Tamerlane (Ship/Bark), 1873-1877; ODHS # 779
Tamerlane (Ship/Bark), 1873-1877; ODHS # 975
Tamerlane (Ship/Bark), 1877; ODHS # 676
Tamerlane (Ship/Bark), 1877-1880; ODHS # 481
Tamerlane (Ship/Bark), 1888; ODHS # 39
Wave (Bark), 1867-1869; ODHS # 345
Wave (Bark), 1867; ODHS # 479A
Wave (Bark), 1869-1870; ODHS # 346
Wave (Bark), 1871; ODHS # 479B
Wave (Bark), 1871-1873; ODHS # 347
Wave (Bark), 1872-1876; ODHS # 355
Wave (Bark), 1874; ODHS # 480
Wave (Bark), 1876-1879; ODHS # 348

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The major portion of the records in this collection were donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by the estate of Andrew Snow Jr. on 17 March 1919. Other records were given to the Society by Mrs. Walter S. Wheeler on 28 February 1946 and July 1961; Charles R. Phillips Sr. on 30 April 1965; George B., James T., and William S. Knowles on 8 March 1973; and Sylvia H. Knowles on 3 April 1973. The records of the barksEdward and John Carver were donated by Mrs. Micheal Knauer on 21 November 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey with assistance from Margaret Brightman, Barbara Groves, Henry Kette1, and Henry Sherman, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 24 March 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

Sub-group 1: T. & J. P. Knowles Records, 1832-1845 [3 inches]
Sub-group 1 consists of sewing records, bills, receipts, and an insurance policy pertaining to T. & J. P. Knowles.
Series A: Sewing Records, 1832-1833, 1838-1839
Box 1
Folder 1
Sewing accounts, 1832-1833
Folder 2
Memoranda on sewing equipment, circa 1832
Volume 1-2
Piece-work sewing account books, 1838-1839
Series B: Bills and Receipts, 1835-1845
Folder 1-3
1835-1845
Series C: Insurance Policies, 1839
Folder 1
1839
Series D: Correspondence, 1840
Folder 1
1840
Sub-group 2: Thomas Knowles & Company Records, 1844-1889 [13.5 linear feet]
Sub-group 2 contains ship's papers, bills, and receipts.
Series A: Ceres (Ship) Records,
Sub-series 1: 1845-1849 Voyage, 1845-1853
Box 2
Folder 1-3
Correspondence, 1845-1853
Includes account of 1849 shipwreck
Folder 4
Agent/Owner accounts, 1845-1851
Folder 5-7
Crew papers, 1847-1849
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 8
Consular records, 1846-1849
Folder 9
Customs records, 1847-1849
Folder 10
Insurance policy, 1848
Folder 11
Bills of exchange, 1845-1849
Folder 12
Bills of lading, 1846-1847
Folder 13-19
Bills and receipts, 1845-1849
Folder 20
Memoranda on survey of vessel after storm damage, 1847
Series B: Charleston Packet (Bark) Records, 1844-1857
Sub-series 1: 1844-1846 Voyage, 1844-1846, 1853
Box 3
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1844-1846
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1844-1846
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1844-1846
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Consular records, 1846
Include protest by crew claiming vessel as unseaworthy
Folder 6
Customs records, 1845
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1844
Folder 8
Bills of sale, 1844, 1846
Folder 9-13
Bills and receipts, 1844-1846
Volume 1
Memorandum book of provisions, 1844
Also includes notes on oil stowed, 1853
Sub-series 2: 1846-1848 Voyage, 1846-1848
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1846-1848
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1846-1848
Include outfitting book
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1846-1848
Folder 5
Consular records, 1847-1848
Folder 6
Customs records, 1848
Folder 7
Insurance policy, 1848
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1848
Folder 9-13
Bills and receipts, 1846-1848
Sub-series 3: 1848-1850 Voyage, 1848-1850
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1848-1849
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1848-1850
Include outfitting book
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1848-1850
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Insurance policy, 1848
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1850
Folder 7-11
Bills and receipts, 1848-1850
Sub-series 4: 1851-1853 Voyage, 1849-1853
Box 4
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1851-1853
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1851-1853
Include list of provisions
Volume 1
"Workmen's time" book, 1849-1851
Accounts for unspecified labor on vessel and on John Wells
Also includes accounts for making mattresses and pillows
SEE Sub-group 1, Series I, Sub-series 1, Volume 1
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1851-1853
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Volume 2
Crew account book, 1851-1853
Folder 5
Consular records, 1851-1853
Folder 6
List of oil stowed, 1851-1853
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1851-1853
Folder 8-11
Bills and receipts, 1851-1853
Sub-series 5: 1853 Voyage, 1853-1857
Folder 1
Folder 2
Include list of provisions
Folder 3-4
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 5-6
Folder 7
Folder 8-10
Sub-series 1: 1846-1849 Voyage, 1845-1849
Box 5
Folder 1
Includes letters relating to the purchase of the vessel
Folder 2
Folder 3-4
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Folder 6
Folder 7
Folder 8
Folder 9-12
Sub-series 2: 1849-1853 Voyage, 1849-1853
Folder 1
Folder 2
Folder 3-4
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Folder 6
Folder 7
Folder 8-11
Sub-series 3: 1853-1856 Voyage, 1853-1858
Folder 1
Folder 2
Folder 3-5
Inlcude WHalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 6
Folder 7
Folder 8
Folder 9
Folder 10
Folder 11-14
Sub-series 4: 1856-1860 Voyage, 1856-1860
Box 6
Folder 1
Folder 2
Include list of provisions
Folder 3-4
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5
Folder 6
Folder 7
Folder 8
Folder 9
Folder 10-14
Sub-series 5: 1860-1864 Voyage, 1860-1866
Folder 1
Folder 2
Folder 3-5
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Volume 1
Folder 6
Folder 7
Folder 8
Folder 9
Folder 10-12
Sub-series 6: 1864 Voyage, 1864-1865
Folder 1
Folder 2
Folder 3-4
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Folder 6
Folder 7
Series D: Ellen Morrison (Bark) Records, 1866-1871
Sub-series 1: 1866-1870 Voyage, 1866-1871
Box 7
Folder 1-2
Folder 3
Folder 4
Folder 5
Folder 6
Folder 7
Folder 8-11
Series E: Exchange (Bark) Records, 1847-1851
Sub-series 1: 1847-1849 Voyage, 1847-1849
Box 8
Folder 1
Folder 2
Folder 3-4
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Folder 6
Folder 7
Folder 8-11
Sub-series 2: 1849-1850 Voyage, 1849-1850
Folder 1
Folder 2
Folder 3-4
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Folder 6
Folder 7-10
Sub-series 3: 1850 Voyage, 1850-1851
Folder 1
Folder 2
Folder 3
Folder 4-5
Series F: Falcon (Ship/Bark) Records, 1849-1889
Sub-series 1: 1849-1852 Voyage, 1849-1855
Box 9
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1850-1852
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1849-1852
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1850-1855
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 5-6
Consular records, 1850-1851
Include protest concerning damage to vessel and petition to discharge crew members
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1850-1851
Folder 8
Bills of lading, 1850-1851
Folder 9
Bills of sale, 1849
Folder 10-15
Bills and receipts, 1849-1852
Sub-series 2: 1852-1855 Voyage, 1852-1855
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1852-1854
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1852-1855
Volume 1
"Men's time" book, 1852
Includes accounts for labor done on the vessel and on the Undine
Volume 2
Agent/Owner account book, 1852
Include lists of provisions, crew, sail plans, and instructions to Captain
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1852-1855
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Consular records, 1852
Include protest for damage sustained in collision with another vessel
Folder 6
Customs records, 1852-1854
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1852-1854
Folder 8
Bills of lading, 1852-1855
Folder 9-14
Bills and receipts, 1852-1855
Sub-series 3: 1855-1859 Voyage, 1855-1860
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1855-1860
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1855-1860
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1855-1860
Include list of provisions
Volume 1
Agent/Owner account book, 1855-1859
Includes lists of provisions, oil stowage, and sail plans
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1855-1859
Include WHalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5
Consular records, 1856-1858
Folder 6
Insurance policy, 1859
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1856-1859
Folder 8
Bills of lading, 1857, 1859
Folder 9-15
Bills and receipts, 1855-1859
Sub-series 4: 1859-1862 Voyage, 1859-1862
Box 10
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1859-1862
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1859-1862
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1859-1862
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Consular records, 1860-1862
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1860-1861
Folder 7-13
Bills and receipts, 1859-1862
Sub-series 5: 1862-1865 Voyage, 1862-1865
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1862-1865
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1862-1865
Folder 4-7
Crew papers, 1862-1865
Include crew accounts and Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1864
Folder 9
Bills of lading, 1864
Folder 10-13
Bills and receipts, 1862, 1865
Folder 14
Memorandum of oil sold and whales seen and taken, 1862-1864
Sub-series 6: 1865-1868 Voyage, 1865-1868
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1866-1867
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1865-1868
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1865, 1867
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Bills of exchange, 1866-1867
Folder 6
Bills of lading, 1866-1867
Folder 7-11
Bills and receipts, 1865-1867
Sub-series 7: 1867-1871 Voyage, 1867-1871
Box 11
Folder 1-3
Correspondence, 1868-1871
Includes accounts for the Jeanette (Bark), 1869
Folder 4
Agent/Owner accounts, 1867-1871
Folder 5-6
Crew papers, 1867, 1871
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 7
Customs records, 1867, 1871
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1868-1871
Folder 9
Bills of lading, 1871
Folder 10-14
Bills and receipts, 1868-1871
Sub-series 8: 1872-1875 Voyage, 1872-1877
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1872-1875
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1872-1875
Folder 4-6
Crew papers, 1872-1877
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper and crew list
Folder 7
Consular records, 1873-1874
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1872-1875
Folder 9
Bills of lading, 1872, 1874
Folder 10-14
Bills and receipts, 1872-1875
Sub-series 9: 1875-1880 Voyage, 1875-1880
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1875-1879
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1875-1877
Folder 4-5
Crew papers, 1875, 1879-1880
Include Whalemen's Shipping paper
Folder 6
Consular records, 1876, 1879
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1876-1879
Folder 8
Bills of lading, 1877
Folder 9-13
Bills and receipts, 1875-1879
Sub-series 10: 1879-1882 Voyage, 1879-1889
Box 12
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1879-1882
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1879-1882
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, 1879-1889
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1879-1882
Folder 7-12
Bills and receipts, 1879-1882
Sub-series 11: 1882-1889 Voyage, 1882-1889
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1883-1889
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1882, 1884
Folder 4-6
Crew papers, 1882-1884
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 7
Consular records, 1884
Folder 8-14
Bills and receipts, 1882-1887
Series G: Hecla (Bark) Records, 1848-1874
Sub-series 1: 1849-1852 Voyage, 1848-1852
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1849-1852
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1849-1852
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1849-1852
Include Whalemen's Shipping paper
Volume 1
Crew account book, 1849-1852
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1849-1851
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1849-1852
Folder 7
Bills of sale, 1848-1849
Folder 8-12
Bills and receipts, 1849-1852
Volume 2
Memorandum book of oil sold and whales seen and taken, 1849-1852
Sub-series 2: 1853-1855 Voyage, 1853-1856
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1853-1856
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1853-1856
Include lists of provisions, oil stowage, and sail plans
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1853-1856
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5
Bills of exchange, 1853, 1855
Folder 6
Bill of lading, 1853
Folder 7-10
Bills and receipts, 1853-1856
Sub-series 3: 1856-1859 Voyage, 1855-1860
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1856-1859
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1855-1859
Include list of provisions
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1856-1860
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Insurance policy, 1858
Folder 6
Consular records, 1859
Include protest regarding damage sustained after collision with another vessel
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1856-1859
Folder 8
Bills of lading, 1856-1858
Folder 9-14
Bills and receipts, 1855-1859
Sub-series 4: 1859-1864 Voyage, 1859-1864
Box 14
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1859-1863
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1859-1863
Include outfitting book
Folder 4-6
Crew papers, 1859-1864
Include crew accounts, Whalemens' Shipping Papers, and crew list
Folder 7
Consular records, 1861-1863
Folder 8
Customs records, 1859
Folder 9
Bills of exchange, 1859-1863
Folder 10
Bills of lading, 1860-1862
Folder 11-15
Bills and receipts, 1859-1863
Sub-series 5: 1863-1867 Voyage, 1863-1868
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1864-1867
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1863
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1863-1867
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Volume 1
Crew account book, 1864-1867
Folder 5
Consular records, 1865-1867
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1863-1866
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1865-1867
Folder 8-12
Bills and receipts, 1863-1868
Sub-series 6: 1867-1869 Voyage, 1867-1869
Box 15
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1868-1869
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1867, 1869
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1867-1869
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Bills of exchange, 1868-1869
Folder 6
Bill of lading, 1868
Folder 7-9
Bills and receipts, 1867-1868
Sub-series 7: 1869 Voyage, 1869-1874
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1869-1871
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1869
Folder 4-5
Crew papers, 1869-1874
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 6-9
Consular records, 1869-1871
Include protest and documents relating to damage and wreck of vessel
Folder 10
Customs records, 1869-1870
Folder 11
Bills of lading, 1869, 1871
Folder 12-16
Bills and receipts, 1869-1872
Series H: Isabella (Bark) Records, 1852-1865
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1852-1855
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1852
Include outfitting book
Volume 1
Agent/Owner account book, 1852
Includes lists of provisions, crew, sail plans, and instructions to Captain
Folder 4-5
Crew papers, 1851-1852
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 6
Insurance policies, 1853
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1855
Folder 8-9
Bills and receipts, 1852-1855
Sub-series 2: 1855-1859 Voyage, 1855-1859
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1855-1859
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1855-1858
Includes outfitting book
Folder 4-5
Crew papers, 1855-1858
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 6-7
Consular records, 1857-1858
Includes protest and other documents relating to storm damage to vessel
Folder 8
Customs records, 1857-1858
Folder 9
Insurace policies, 1856, 1858
Folder 10
Bills of lading, 1857
Folder 11
Bills of sale, 1855
Folder 12-15
Bills and receipts, 1857-1858
Sub-series 3: 1859-1863 Voyage, 1859-1863
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1859-1862
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1863
Volume 1
Agent/Owner account book, 1859
Include lists of provisions, oil stowage, and sail plans
Folder 4-5
Crew papers, 1859-1862
Include Whalemens' Shipping and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 6
Consular records, 1860-1862
Folder 7
Customs records, 1859-1862
Folder 8
Bill of lading, 1861
Folder 9-11
Bills and receipts, 1860-1862
Sub-series 4: 1863-1865 Voyage, 1863-1865
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1864-1865
Volume 1
Agent/Owner account book, 1863-1865
Folder 2
Bills and receipts, 1863
Series I: John Carver (Bark) Records, 1866-1884
Sub-series 1: 1866-1870 Voyage, 1866-1871
Box 17
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1866-1870
Folder 3-4
Agent/Owner accounts, 1866-1870
Folder 5
Crew papers, 1866-1871
Folder 6
Consular records, 1867-1870
Folder 7
Customs records, 1866, 1870
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1867-1870
Folder 9
Bills of lading, 1866-1867
Folder 10-12
Bills and receipts, 1866-1871
Sub-series 2: 1870-1874 Voyage, 1870-1875
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1870-1874
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1870
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1870, 1874
Folder 5
Customs records, 1870, 1874
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1871-1873
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1871
Folder 8-10
Bills and receipts, 1870-1875
Sub-series 3: 1875-1879 Voyage, 1875-1879
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1875-1879
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1875-1876
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, 1875-1879
Folder 6
Consular records, 1877
Folder 7
Customs records, 1875, 1879
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1875-1879
Folder 9
Bills of lading, 1875
Folder 10-12
Bills and receipts, 1875-1879
Sub-series 4: 1880-1883 Voyage, 1880-1884
Box 18
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1880-1882
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1880
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1880-1883
Folder 5
Consular records, 1880-1883
Folder 6
Customs records, 1880, 1883
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1881-1882
Folder 8
Bills of lading, 1880-1882
Folder 9-12
Bills and receipts, 1880-1884
Series J: John Wells (Ship/Bark) Records, 1849-1864
Sub-series 1: 1850-1854 Voyage, 1849-1854
Box 19
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1849-1854
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1850-1854
Volume 1
"Workmen's time" book, 1849-1851
Accounts for unspecified labor on vessel and on Charleston Packet. Also includes accounts for making mattresses and pillows.
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1850, 1853
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5-6
Consular records, 1850-1853
Include protests and documents relating to storm damage to vessel
Folder 7
Customs records, 1851-1853
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1851-1853
Folder 9-12
Bills and receipts, 1849-1852
Volume 2
Memorandum book, 1849-1850
Accounts for transporting vessel from Sag Harbor, New York to New Bedford Massachusetts, and a list of outfits for 1850 voyage
Sub-series 2: 1854-1857 Voyage, 1854-1859
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1854-1859
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accoutns, 1854-1857
Include outfitting book and list of provisions
Folder 4
Crew papers, 1854-1857
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5
Customs records, 1855-1856
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1855
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1854
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1854, 1857-1858
Sub-series 3: 1857-1861 Voyage, 1857-1861
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1858-1860
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1857-1859
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1857-1860
Volume 1
Crew account book, 1857-1861
Folder 5
Consular records, 1858-1860
Folder 6
Customs records, 1858-1860
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1858-1860
Folder 8-10
Bills and receipts, 1857-1861
Sub-series 4: 1861 Voyage, 1861-1864
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1864
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1864
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1861-1864
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Volume 1
Crew account book, 1861-1864
Folder 5-6
Consular records, 1863-1864
Include protest and documents relating to storm damage to vessel
Folder 7-9
Bills and receipts, 1862-1864
Series K: Mary and Susan (Bark) Records, 1857-1881
Sub-series 1: 1857-1860 Voyage, 1857-1860
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1857-1860
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1857-1860
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1857-1860
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 5
Consular records, 1858-1859
Folder 6
Customs records, 1858-1859
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1858-1859
Folder 8-11
Bills and receipts, 1857-1860
Sub-series 2: 1860-1864 Voyage, 1860-1864
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1860-1864
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1861-1862
Folder 4-5
Crew papers, 1860-1864
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 6
Consular records, 1861-1864
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1860-1864
Folder 8
Bills of lading, 1860-1864
Folder 9-11
Bills and receipts, 1860-1864
Sub-series 3: 1864-1867 Voyage, 1864-1867
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1864-1866
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1864
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1867
Sub-series 4: 1867-1870 Voyage, 1867
Folder 1-2
Crew papers, 1867
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Sub-series 5: 1870-1874 Voyage, 1870, 1873
Folder 1-2
Crew papers, 1870
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 3
Bill of exchange, 1873
Sub-series 6: 1874-1877 Voyage, 1874
Folder 1
Bill of lading, 1874
Sub-series 7: 1877-1881 Voyage, 1877-1881
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1877-1881
Folder 2
Crew papers, 1877
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 3
Bill of exchange, 1878
Folder 4
Bills of lading, 1877-1878
Series L: Minerva II (Ship/Bark) Records, 1844-1874
Sub-series 1: 1845-1848 Voyage, 1844-1849, 1856, 1867
Box 21
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1844-1848, 1867
Two letters included in this folder dated June 9, 1847 and July 12, 1867. Both are not pertinent to the 1845-1848 voyage of the ship Minerva
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1844-1849
Folder 3
Crew papers, 1845-1848
Volume 1
Crew account book, 1845-1847
Includes disbursements for vessel and crew lists for all Knowles' vessels, 1848-1856
Folder 4
Consular records, 1846
Folder 5
Customs records, 1846-1847
Folder 6
Insurance policies, 1844-1845
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1845-1847
Folder 8
Bill of lading, 1845
Folder 9
Bills of sale, 1844-1845
Folder 10-14
Bills and receipts, 1844-1849
Sub-series 2: 1848-1851 Voyage
Sub-group 3: Knowles Family Papers, 1825-1897 [3 inches]
Sub-group 3 consists of New Bedford Tannery records, an account book, ship's papers, bills, and receipts.

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Subject Headings

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1838-1839
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1845-1873
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1892-1897
Arctic disaster, 1871
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Mass.--Boston
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
Claims
Clothing-trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Collisions at sea
Commercial agents--Mass.--New Bedford
Consular documents
Dry-goods--Mass.--New Bedford
Grocery trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Home-labor--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford--Policies
Knowles family
Knowles, Charles Sumner, 1850-1911
Knowles, John Pepper 2nd, 1830-1891
Knowles, John Pepper Jr., 1835-1902
Knowles, John Pepper, 1805-1896
Knowles, Joseph M., 1819-1876
Knowles, Thomas Henry, 1837-1909
Knowles, Thomas, 1803-1877
Marine protests
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions,etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford Tannery, New Bedford, Mass.
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New Bedford, Mass.--Industries
Piece-work--Mass.--New Bedford
Pierce, Abraham W., fl. 1869-1872
Sealing-wax
Ship chandlers--Mass.--New Bedford
Ship's papers
Shipmasters--Mass.--New Bedford
Ships--Equipment and supplies
Ships--Maintenance and repair
Shipwrecks--Mass.--New Bedford
T. & J. P. Knowles, New Bedford, Mass.
Tanning--Mass.--New Bedford
Thomas Knowles & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
United States--Claims against Great Britain
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Claims
Wages--Women--Mass.--New Bedford
Waxes
Waxes--Trade and manufacture--Mass.--New Bedford
Whale-oil
Whalebone
Whalers
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents
Women--Mass.--New Bedford--Employment

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Vessel Names

Avola (Bark)
Ceres (Ship)
Charleston Packet (Bark)
Columbus (Bark)
Edward (Bark)
Ellen Morrison (Bark)
Exchange (Bark)
Falcon (Bark)
Falcon (Ship)
Gay Head (Bark)
Hecla (Bark)
Isabella (Bark)
Jeanette (Bark)
John Carver (Bark)
John Wells (Bark)
John Wells (Ship)
John and Winthrop (Bark)
Mary and Susan (Bark)
Minerva 2nd (Bark)
Minerva 2nd (Ship)
Petrel (Bark)
Robert Edwards (Ship)
Robert Morrison (Bark)
Starlight (Brig)
Tamerlane (Bark)
Tamerlane (Ship)
Undine (Bark)
Wave (Bark)

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