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MS Am 1832

Whipple, Joseph, 1738-1816. Joseph Whipple and William Whipple papers, 1717-1904: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1832
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Whipple, Joseph, 1738-1816.
Title: Joseph Whipple and William Whipple papers,
Date(s): 1717-1904, (bulk) 1763-1814.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of American brothers and business partners Joseph and William Whipple.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

67M-92. Gift of Edward Sturgis, George P.Sturgis, Howard O. Sturgis, Harriet S. Hollister, and Mrs. J. Sturgis Harris; received: 1967.
Given in memory of Elizabeth Putnam.

Processing Information:

Reformatted by: Bonnie B. Salt, 2015

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Joseph Whipple and William Whipple Papers, 1717-1904 (MS Am 1832). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph and William Whipple were brothers and partners in a mercantile business in Portsmouth, N.H. Joseph was the Collector of Customs as well as the Superintendent of the Lighthouse and the Agent for Fortifications in Portsmouth. William (1730-1785) was a member of the Continental Congress and later the New Hampshire legislature, signer of the Declaration of Independence, soldier in the Revolution, and Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly correspondence of Joseph Whipple, much of it pertaining to his tenure as customs collector from secretaries of the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury and others, together with business correspondence and documents concerning the Whipples' commercial and shipping enterprise (especially in the 1760s), letters from William to Joseph when William was in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and a few letters to William on revolutionary regiments. Also contains journals, 1779-1780, 1809, and 1813-1814, kept by Joseph; some correspondence, documents, and notebooks of the Lowell family; diaries, notebooks, logbooks, accounts, and correspondence of other third parties; state and federal documents on militias, taxes, and appointments, etc.; and miscellaneous manuscripts, documents, church minutes, ships' certificates, and printed material.

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