Account Books and Records of Shipbuilders, New England and New York, 1754-1923: A
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Call No.: Mss:55 1754-1923
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Account books and records of shipbuilders, New England and New York
Quantity: 1 linear feet (7 volumes, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Account books and records of shipbuilders located in New England and New York, 1754-1923.
Gift and purchase from various sources, 1931-1938.
The ledger of Eliphalit Griffin, 1754-1771, is available on microfilm (1 reel, 35
mm.) for use in the Historical Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no.
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This artificial collection of records pertaining to estate, real estate, and private
investment management was created as part of a grant project to load as many collections
into HOLLIS. In an effort to make these individual collections more discoverable this
guide was created with descriptions taken from Manuscripts in Baker Library (4th ed.,
1978) and local finding aids housed in the Historical Collections reading room. Each
one of the entries listed below is a unique collection.
- Series I. New England
- Eliphalet Griffin ledger, 1754-1771 1 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Accounts kept by Eliaphet Griffin a shipwright from Newbury, Massachusetts who helped
build schooners in the local Cross and Cottle shipyards.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Jonathan T. Lincoln.
Microfilm: The ledger is available on microfilm (1 reel, 35 mm.) for use in the Historical Collections
Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no. 65-1262.
- Edward & Joseph Holmes ledgers, 1827-1868 3 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Ledgers and day books kept by Kingston, Massachusetts shipbuilders Edward and Joseph
Holmes. The ledgers and day books contain the accounts of shipbuilding, the sale of
groceries and provisions to shops, and the tax bills of Edward Holmes from 1827-1888.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Mrs. Nelson H. Marvin, 1938.
- Pyam Cushing ledger, 1837-1845 1 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Ledger kept by Pyam Cushing of Medford, Massachusetts contains accounts showing the
cost of timber of various kinds used in shipbuilding.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Charles H. Taylor.
- Electric Boat Company, 1910-1923 1 boxes
Scope and Contents: A collection of unbound letters, principally between the Electric Boat Company of
New York and Groton, Conn. and Naval attaché, Commander I.V. Gillis (1875-1948) at
Peking. Gillis served as agent for the company in China. The letters give a good deal
of information of political and financial affairs in China and Japan and They refer
principally to the prospect of building submarines for China. Of note is a memo of
an interview between Admiral Wei Han and Charles M. Schwab in 1915, at Mr. Schwab's
NY office in regards to supplying China with guns and ammunition and making a financial
loan to her.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of the Electric Boat Company, 1933.
- Series I. New York
- W. & A. Fletcher volume, 1858-1882 1 Volumes
Scope and Contents: One volume kept by W. & A. Fletcher contains technical description of 103 steamers.
The engines and boilers of these steamers were built by Fletcher, Harrison & Company,
in 1880 known as W. & A. Fletcher.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Dixie Business Book Shop.
Shipbuilding--New York (State).
Steamboats--New York (State).
Transportation equipment industry.
Manufactures--New York (State)--New York.
Electric Boat Company.
Fletcher, Harrison and Company.